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Richard Dysart

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.

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Mar 30, 1929 In Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Hallmark Hall of Fame 1951-12-24
Latest Project:
Movie Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision 2004-01-01
Known For
Poster of Hard Rain
Poster of Back to the Future Part III
Poster of Wall Street
Poster of Sandburg's Lincoln
Movie Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision The Ancient Mariner (voice) 2004-01-01
Movie L.A. Law: The Movie Leland McKenzie 2002-05-12
Movie Todd McFarlane's Spawn 3: The Ultimate Battle Cogliostro 1999-08-17
Movie Hard Rain Henry Sears 1998-01-16
Movie Todd McFarlane's Spawn 2 Cogliostro 1998-08-25
Movie Todd McFarlane's Spawn Cogliostro 1997-05-15
Series Spawn Unknown 1997-05-16
Series E! True Hollywood Story Unknown 1996-03-29
Movie A Child Is Missing Riley Hallihan 1995-10-01
Movie Truman Henry L. Stimson 1995-09-09
Movie Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair J. Edgar Hoover 1993-08-04
Movie Back to the Future Part III Barbwire Salesman 1990-05-25
Movie Day One President Harry S. Truman 1989-05-12
Movie Moving Target Arthur Cambridge 1988-02-08
Movie Mickey's 60th Birthday Leland McKenzie 1988-11-13
Movie Six Against the Rock Warden James Johnston 1987-05-18
Movie Wall Street Cromwell 1987-12-10
Movie The Last Days of Patton Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower 1986-12-15
Movie Blood & Orchids Harvey Koster 1986-02-23
Series L.A. Law Leland McKenzie 1986-09-15
Movie Malice in Wonderland Louis B. Mayer 1985-01-01
Movie Mask Abe 1985-03-08
Movie The Falcon and the Snowman Dr. Lee 1985-01-25
Movie Warning Sign Dr. Nielsen 1985-08-23
Movie Pale Rider Coy LaHood 1985-06-28
Movie The Thing Dr. Copper 1982-06-25
Movie Missing Children: A Mother's Story Hunter Burgess 1982-12-01
Movie Churchill and the Generals Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower 1981-03-05
Movie The People vs. Jean Harris Judge Russell R. Leggett 1981-05-07
Movie Bitter Harvest Dr. Morton Freeman 1981-08-05
Movie Bogie Jack Warner 1980-03-04
Movie The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd Edwin Stanton 1980-03-24
Movie Being There Dr. Robert Allenby 1979-12-19
Movie Prophecy Trevor Isley 1979-01-01
Movie Meteor Secretary of Defense 1979-10-19
Movie An Enemy of the People Aslaksen 1978-03-17
Movie First, You Cry Dr. Brennerman 1978-11-08
Series The Andros Targets Unknown 1977-01-31
Movie It Happened One Christmas Peter Bailey 1977-12-11
Movie Riding with Death Unknown 1976-01-01
Series Baretta Unknown 1975-01-17
Movie The Hindenburg Lehman 1975-12-25
Movie The Day of the Locust Claude Estee 1975-05-07
Series Doctors' Hospital Unknown 1975-09-10
Series Doc Unknown 1975-09-13
Movie The Terminal Man Dr. John Ellis 1974-06-19
Movie The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman Master Bryant 1974-01-31
Series Sandburg's Lincoln Judge David Davis 1974-09-06
Movie The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder Father 1974-10-17
Series Maude Unknown 1972-09-12
Movie The Sporting Club Spengler 1971-02-28
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Series All in the Family Unknown 1971-01-12
Movie The Hospital Dr. Welbeck 1971-12-14
Series Columbo Max Duval 1971-09-15
Movie CBS Playhouse: Shadow Game 1969-05-07
Movie The Lost Man Barnes 1969-07-11
Movie Petulia Motel Receptionist 1968-06-10
Series CBS Playhouse Unknown 1966-12-08
Movie Love with the Proper Stranger Accountant (uncredited) 1963-12-25
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24