Richard Dysart

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Richard Dysart
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Birth name Richard A. Dysart
Born March 30, 1929 in Brighton, Massachusetts, USA
Died April 5, 2015 in Santa Monica, California, USA
Sometimes credited as Richard A. Dysart
Notable Roles Leland McKenzie in L.A. Law
Notable Episodes
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Richard Dysart was an American television/film/Broadway actor. He was born in Brighton in 1929 and raised in Maine. He is best known for his portrayal of L.A. Law's Leland McKenzie, a role that earned him one Emmy Award and three more Emmy nominations. The scene where Leland was discovered in bed with the enemy Rosalind Shays, (played by Diana Muldaur), was ranked as the 38th greatest moment in television in an issue of EGG magazine. Dysart was also awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law in 1990.

Richard Dysart played many character roles on Broadway and off-Broadway in the 60s and 70s. He is also known for his roles in movies such as The Day of the Locust, The Thing, Malice in Wonderland, Being There, Pale Rider, The Hospital, Hard Rain and Prophecy.


Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
L.A. Law Leland McKenzie 1986–1994 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Nurses Ralph 3x07 - The Outpost November 10, 1964
The Defenders Mr. Westfall 4x15 - Eyewitness January 14, 1965
All in the Family
(credited as Richard A. Dysart)
Russ DeKuyper 2x20 - Edith Gets a Mink February 12, 1972
(credited as Richard A. Dysart)
Wilmont Harmond 1x06 - Ragtime Billy Peaches February 28, 1975
Maude Mason Everhardt 4x02 - Consenting Adults September 15, 1975
(credited as Richard A. Dysart)
Hartford Dunne 5x23 - Point After Death February 18, 1976
Columbo Max Duvall 7x02 - Murder Under Glass January 30, 1978
Lou Grant Mitchell Webster 3x18 - Censored February 4, 1980

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Six Against the Rock Warden James Johnston May 18, 1987 NBC Monday Night at the Movie
Mickey's 60th Birthday Leland McKenzie November 13, 1988
L.A. Law: 100th Episode Celebration Himself February 6, 1991 L.A. Law
Entertainment Tonight Presents: L.A. Law - Secrets of the Firm Himself February 19, 2000
L.A. Law: The Movie Leland McKenzie May 12, 2002 L.A. Law

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

(1 Win in 4 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (1992)
L.A. Law