Person Details

Birthday: 1929-03-30 06:50:30

Death: 2015-04-05 06:50:30

Aliases: Richard A. Dysart

Gender: Male

Place of birth: Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Movie Involvements: 39

TV Involvements: 3


Most Famous Work

Biography

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.

Most Famous Work

Columbo
Average
8

Columbo

(1971) Max Duval
The Thing
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8

The Thing

(1982) Dr. Copper
L.A. Law
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7

L.A. Law

(1986) Leland McKenzie
Hard Rain
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6

Hard Rain

(1998) Henry Sears
Meteor
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5

Meteor

(1979) Secretary of Defense
Wall Street
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7

Wall Street

(1987) Cromwell
Pale Rider
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7

Pale Rider

(1985) Coy LaHood
Mask
Average
7

Mask

(1985) Abe

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2004 The Ancient Mariner (voice)
2002 Leland McKenzie
1999 Cogliostro
1998 Cogliostro
Henry Sears
1997 N/A
Cogliostro
1996 N/A
1995 Riley Hallihan
Henry L. Stimson
1993 J. Edgar Hoover
1990 Barbwire Salesman
1989 President Harry S. Truman
1988 Leland McKenzie
Arthur Cambridge
1987 Cromwell
Warden James Johnston
1986 Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
Leland McKenzie
Leland McKenzie
Harvey Koster
1985 Dr. Nielsen
Coy LaHood
Abe
Dr. Lee
Louis B. Mayer
1982 Hunter Burgess
Dr. Copper
1981 Dr. Morton Freeman
Judge Russell R. Leggett
Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
1980 Edwin Stanton
Jack Warner
1979 Dr. Robert Allenby
Secretary of Defense
Trevor Isley
1978 Dr. Brennerman
Aslaksen
1977 Peter Bailey
N/A
1976 N/A
1975 Lehman
N/A
N/A
Claude Estee
N/A
1974 Father
Judge David Davis
Dr. John Ellis
Master Bryant
1972 N/A
1971 Dr. Welbeck
Max Duval
N/A
Spengler
N/A
1969 Barnes
N/A
1968 Motel Receptionist
1966 N/A
1963 Accountant (uncredited)
1951 N/A
Year Character Movie/Tv

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