Richard Dysart

Richard Dysart

  • Born on
    • March 30th, 1929
  • Died on
    • April 5th, 2015
Was an American actor, perhaps best known for his role as Leland McKenzie on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law. Dysart served for four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. In 1979, he was featured in the film Being There, portraying a good-hearted physician. In 1980, he portrayed Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in the TV movie The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd. He also lent his voice to the kindly miner Uncle Pom in the Disney English language version of Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 adventure classic, Castle in the Sky. He starred in movies such as The Last Days of Patton, Being There, The Day of the Locust, The Rumor Mill, Pale Rider, The Falcon and the Snowman, Prophecy, The Thing, Warning Sign, Hard Rain, Mask, An Enemy of the People, The Hospital, and The Hindenburg. The scene where his L.A. Law character, Leland, the patriarchal and stiff founder of a successful law practice, was revealed to be in bed with competitor Rosalind Shays (Diana Muldaur) was ranked as the 38th greatest moment in television in an issue of EGG magazine. He earned one Emmy Award, and three more nominations, for his role as McKenzie on L.A. Law. Dysart was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco. He attended Gould Academy in Bethel, Maine. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and an Emmy Award in 1992. He is a brother of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston. In 1990, Dysart was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law. He is also a certified open water diver. Dysart and his wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, have been married since 1987. Description above from the Wikipedia article Richard Dysart, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Acting (29 Credits)

1999Todd McFarlane's Spawn 3: The Ultimate Battle as Cogliostro
1998Todd McFarlane's Spawn 2 as Cogliostro
1998Hard Rain as Henry Sears
1997Todd McFarlane's Spawn as Cogliostro
1995Truman as Henry L. Stimson
1990Back to the Future Part III as Barbwire Salesman
1988Moving Target as Arthur Cambridge
1987Wall Street as Cromwell
1986The Last Days of Patton as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
1986L.A. Law as Leland McKenzie
1985Pale Rider as Coy LaHood
1985Warning Sign as Dr. Nielsen
1985Mask as Abe
1985The Falcon and The Snowman as Dr. Lee
1982The Thing as Dr. Copper
1979Prophecy as Trevor Isley
1979Being There as Dr. Robert Allenby
1979Meteor as Secretary of Defense
1978An Enemy of the People as Aslaksen
1977It Happened One Christmas as Peter Bailey
1976Riding with Death
1975The Day of the Locust as Claude Estee
1975The Hindenburg as Lehman
1974The Terminal Man as Dr. John Ellis
1974The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman as Master Bryant
1971The Hospital as Dr. Welbeck
1968Petulia as Motel Receptionist
1963Love with the Proper Stranger as Accountant (uncredited)

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