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Richard Dysart

Leland McKenzie in L. A. Law

Photos Richard Dysart Birth name: Richard Dysart
Birth date: 1929/03/30
Date of death : 2015/04/05 (86 years old)
Birth place : Augusta Maine

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Biography for Richard Dysart

Richard Dysart served for four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He's a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and a Emmy Award in 1992. He is good friends with Diana Muldaur, who played Rosalind Shays on L.A. Law.

Richard Dysart served 4 years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He is one of the founding members of the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco. In 1972 he was rewarded with a Drama Desk Award and an Emmy Award. He was a very good friend of Diana Muldaur who interpreted the role of Rosalind Shays in the law of Los Angeles.

Richard Dysart was an American actor born March 30, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, and died on April 5, 2015 in Santa Monica, California. He was trained in the profession of actor in Carnegie Mellon University, where he obtained a license in dramatic arts in 1952.

Dysart began his acting career in the theater, where he played in many productions in the 1950s and 1960s, notably in William Shakespeare, Harold Pinter and Samuel Beckett plays. He also worked in cinema and television, where he has performed many roles in films and television series.

Dysart is best known for his role as Leland McKenzie in the television series L.A. Law, broadcast from 1986 to 1994. He played in all the episodes of the series, which earned him four nominations at the Emmy Awards. He also won a Golden Globe in 1988 for his interpretation of McKenzie.

In addition to his acting career, Dysart was also a dramatic art teacher. He taught at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he was director of the drama department for several years.

Dysart was married to actress Kathleen Widdoes, with whom he had two children. He died in 2015 at the age of 86 of heart failure. His death was announced by his family, who said he had spent his last days surrounded by his relatives.


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Title Role
L.A. Law: The Movie (2002) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) Leland McKenzie
Spawn 3: Ultimate Battle (1999) (V) (voice) Cogliostro
Hard Rain (1998) (as Richard Dysart) Henry Sears
Spawn (1997/II) TV Series (voice) Cogliostro
A Child Is Missing (1995) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) Riley Hallihan
Truman (1995) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) Henry L. Stimson
Panther (1995) J. Edgar Hoover
My Secret Summer (1995) TV Series Captain
Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair (1993) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) J. Edgar Hoover
Back to the Future Part III (1990) (as Richard Dysart) Barbed-Wire Salesman
Day One (1989) (TV) President Harry S. Truman
War and Remembrance (1988) (mini) TV Series (as Richard Dysart) President Harry S Truman
Moving Target (1988/I) (TV) Arthur Cambridge
Wall Street (1987) (as Richard Dysart) Cromwell
Six Against the Rock (1987) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) Warden James Johnston
L.A. Law (1986) TV Series (as Richard Dysart) Leland McKenzie
L.A. Law (1986) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) Leland McKenzie
The Last Days of Patton (1986) (TV) Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Tenk├╗ no shiro Rapyuta (1986) (voice: English version) (as Richard Dysart) Uncle Pomme (2003)
Blood & Orchids (1986) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) Harvey Koster
Warning Sign (1985) (as Richard Dysart) Dr. Nielsen
Pale Rider (1985) (as Richard Dysart) Coy LaHood
Malice in Wonderland (1985) (TV) Louis B. Mayer
Mask (1985) (as Richard Dysart) Abe
The Falcon and the Snowman (1985) (as Richard Dysart) Dr. Lee
Challenge of the GoBots (1984) TV Series (voice) Additional Voices
Concealed Enemies (1984) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) Lloyd Paul Stryker
Missing Children: A Mother's Story (1982) (TV) Hunter Burgess
The Thing (1982) (as Richard Dysart) Dr. Copper
The Smurfs (1981) TV Series (voice) (as Richard Dysart) Additional Voices
The People vs. Jean Harris (1981) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) Judge Russell R. Leggett
Bitter Harvest (1981) (TV) Dr. Morton Freeman
The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd (1980) (TV) Edwin Stanton
Bogie (1980) (TV) Jack Warner
Being There (1979) (as Richard Dysart) Dr. Robert Allenby
Meteor (1979) (as Richard Dysart) Secretary of Defense
Prophecy (1979) Isley
Churchill and the Generals (1979) (TV) Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
First, You Cry (1978) (TV) Dr. Brennerman
An Enemy of the People (1978) Aslaksen
Columbo: Murder Under Glass (1978) (TV) Max Duval
It Happened One Christmas (1977) (TV) Peter Bailey
Gemini Man (1976) (TV) Leonard Driscoll
Riding with Death (1976) (TV) (as Richard Dysart) Leonard Driscoll (flashback scenes)
The Hindenburg (1975) Capt. Lehman
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1975) (TV) Matt
The Day of the Locust (1975) Claude Estee
The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974) Father
The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1974) (TV) Master Bryant
The Terminal Man (1974) Dr. John Ellis
The Hospital (1971) Dr. Welbeck
The Sporting Club (1971) Spengler
The Lost Man (1969) Barnes
Shadow Game (1969) (TV)
Petulia (1968) (as Richard Dysart) Motel Receptionist


Is a brother of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.


Spouse : Kathryn Jacobi (1987 - present)

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