Richard Dysart

Active - 1963 - 2004  |   Born - Mar 30, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts  |   Died - Apr 5, 2015   |   Genres - Drama, Science Fiction

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American actor Richard Dysart portrayed sandy-haired, distinguished corporate types for nigh onto thirty years. Several seasons of stage and TV work were followed by supporting authority-figure roles in such films as The Hospital (1971), The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974) (as the title character's dad), Meteor (1978) (the Secretary of Defense) and Being There (1979) (the doctor of politico Melvyn Douglas). TV-movie credits for Dysart include The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (1973), The People vs. Jean Harris (1980), Last Days of Patton (1985), the Hedda Hopper/Louella Parsons biopic Malice in Wonderland (1988), and the made-for-cable Marilyn and Bobby: Her Final Affair (1993). In 1986, Richard Dysart gained nationwide TV fame as senior law partner Leland McKenzie on the NBC weekly L.A. Law, for which he earned an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He mostly retired from acting once L.A. Law ended in 1994, doing occasional voice-over work and reprising his role in an L.A. Law TV movie in 2002. Dysart died in 2015, at age 86.

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