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.

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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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 59

Birthday 1929-03-30

Day of Death 2015-04-05

Place of Birth Boston, Massachusetts, USA

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Also Known As

  • Richard A. Dysart

Acting TV ShowsMovies

2004 Proteus: A Nineteenth Century Vision as The Ancient Mariner (voice)
2002 L.A. Law: The Movie as Leland McKenzie
1999 Todd McFarlane's Spawn 3: The Ultimate Battle as Cogliostro
1998 Todd McFarlane's Spawn 2 as Cogliostro
1998 Hard Rain as Henry Sears
1997 Spawn (18 episodes)
1997 Todd McFarlane's Spawn as Cogliostro
1996 E! True Hollywood Story (1 episode)
1995 A Child Is Missing as Riley Hallihan
1995 Truman as Henry L. Stimson
1993 Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Affair as J. Edgar Hoover
1990 Back to the Future Part III as Barbwire Salesman
1989 Day One as President Harry S. Truman
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday as Leland McKenzie
1988 Moving Target as Arthur Cambridge
1987 Wall Street as Cromwell
1987 Six Against the Rock as Warden James Johnston
1986 The Last Days of Patton as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
1986 L.A. Law (172 episodes) as Leland McKenzie
1986 Blood & Orchids as Harvey Koster
1985 Warning Sign as Dr. Nielsen
1985 Pale Rider as Coy LaHood
1985 Mask as Abe
1985 The Falcon and the Snowman as Dr. Lee
1985 Malice in Wonderland as Louis B. Mayer
1982 Missing Children: A Mother's Story as Hunter Burgess
1982 The Thing as Dr. Copper
1981 The People vs. Jean Harris as Judge Russell R. Leggett
1981 Churchill and the Generals as Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower
1980 The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd as Edwin Stanton
1980 Bogie as Jack Warner
1979 Being There as Dr. Robert Allenby
1979 Meteor as Secretary of Defense
1979 Prophecy as Trevor Isley
1978 First, You Cry as Dr. Brennerman
1978 An Enemy of the People as Aslaksen
1977 It Happened One Christmas as Peter Bailey
1977 The Andros Targets (1 episode)
1976 Riding with Death
1975 The Hindenburg as Lehman
1975 Doc (1 episode)
1975 Doctors' Hospital (1 episode)
1975 The Day of the Locust as Claude Estee
1975 Baretta (1 episode)
1974 The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder as Father
1974 Sandburg's Lincoln (6 episodes) as Judge David Davis
1974 The Terminal Man as Dr. John Ellis
1974 The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman as Master Bryant
1972 Maude (1 episode)
1971 The Hospital as Dr. Welbeck
1971 Columbo (1 episode) as Max Duval
1971 Cannon (1 episode)
1971 The Sporting Club as Spengler
1971 All in the Family (1 episode)
1969 The Lost Man as Barnes
1968 Petulia as Motel Receptionist
1966 CBS Playhouse (1 episode)
1963 Love with the Proper Stranger as Accountant (uncredited)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame (1 episode)

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