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Lance LeGault

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Lance LeGault
William Lance LeGault, Senior

(1935-05-02)May 2, 1935
DiedSeptember 10, 2012(2012-09-10) (aged 77)
Other namesW. L. LeGault
Years active1962–2012
SpouseTeresa LeGault (1984–2012; his death)

William Lance LeGault[1] (May 2, 1935 – September 10, 2012) was an American actor. He was best known as U.S. Army Colonel Roderick Decker in the 1980s American television series The A-Team.

Early and personal life


LeGault was born May 2, 1935[2] in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Mary Jean (née Kovachevich; died December 21, 1980) and Ernest Legault (1906–1941).[3] LeGault's father was French-Canadian from Moose Creek, Ontario, Canada. LeGault's mother, Mary, was born in Illinois, the daughter of immigrants from the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The family was poor. He lived in an orphanage for a time between his father's death in 1941 and when his mother remarried in 1943. He started working at 11, and was fired from the railroad at 13 when they discovered he was not 18 as he had claimed.[4]

He grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois and graduated from Chillicothe Township High School in 1955. He received a full football scholarship to the Municipal University of Wichita, where he majored in business administration for two years before dropping out to pursue a music career.[5][6]



LeGault's first three feature films were Elvis Presley movies, Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) in which he was a stunt double for Elvis Presley, Kissin' Cousins (1964), and Viva Las Vegas (1964).[7][unreliable source?] He also appeared in Presley's 1968 NBC television special Elvis (also known as Elvis' 68 Comeback Special), where he sat at the side of the stage playing a tambourine. He appeared in Roustabout, another Presley film, as a carnival barker. In 1969, he appeared as Iago in the UK stage version of Jack Good's Catch My Soul: Rock Othello, and played Iago again in the 1974 Metromedia film version of Catch My Soul.[4][7][unreliable source?]

He starred in television series and in television movies and was known mainly for portraying military personnel, especially officers. His best known television role was in the 1980s series The A-Team as Colonel Roderick Decker—a United States Army colonel who tried to catch the fugitive Vietnam veterans. He played the role of Colonel Decker from 1983 to 1986. He also had a recurring role in another 1980s hit television series, Magnum, P.I., as a United States Marine Corps colonel, Colonel "Buck" Greene.[7][unreliable source?]

LeGault was on screen in a variety of programs including the short lived series Werewolf in 1987. In 1980, he starred with Kenny Rogers in the television movie The Gambler. He made a few appearances on the second season of Dynasty as gangster Ray Bonning. He appeared on Knight Rider in the pilot episode "Knight of the Phoenix" and appeared (as a different character) in the season 2 episode "Knight in Shining Armor"; and played three different characters in Airwolf (in "To Snare a Wolf" and "Sweet Britches" as villains, and "Wildfire" in a comparatively rare good guy role) as well as doing the voice-overs for the series' first Season "saga sell" teasers. He guest-starred on yet another hit 1980s television series Dallas as Al Halliday in 1989.[7][unreliable source?] In 1984 he also starred in Murder, She Wrote, Season 4 Episode 20.[7][unreliable source?]

Often playing stern colonels, the low-pitched, gravelly-voiced actor portrayed Colonel Glass in the 1981 comedy Stripes, starring Bill Murray and John Candy.[8]

He made many guest appearances on television series, his appearances ranged from The Rockford Files (episodes "Claire" and "A Deadly Maze"), Gunsmoke, Barbary Coast, Logan's Run, Police Woman, Battlestar Galactica, The Incredible Hulk (episode "The Antowuk Horror"), Wonder Woman, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Dukes of Hazzard (episode "The Runaway"), T. J. Hooker, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Voyagers!, MacGyver, Simon & Simon, Sledge Hammer!, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Renegade and Crusade. He appeared on Land of the Giants in the first-season episode "Underground" as a police officer.[7][unreliable source?]

LeGault's last role was in the 2013 film Prince Avalanche, and the film is dedicated to him.



On the Knight Rider season 1 DVD pilot commentary, creator Glen A. Larson mentioned that Lance LeGault had "a voice that was four octaves lower than God's." This trait helped him obtain roles (often) as a villain or other "tough guy". It also resulted in a side career doing voice-over work. LeGault's trademark voice was at one point featured on self-guided tour cassettes at Elvis Presley's Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee. For many years in the 1980s, LeGault voiced programme trailers for ABC.

In the video game world, he was heard as the voice of Major Manson in the 1998 video game Battlezone II: Combat Commander.[7][unreliable source?]

He lent his deep bass voice as Junior the Buffalo in Disney's Home on the Range (2004). What’s more, he voiced Yank Justice in the nine-episode, 30-minute 1985 series Bigfoot and the Muscle Machines, part of Marvel Productions' Super Sunday block.[8]

From 2009 to 2010, he performed voiceover work for Burger King, with the then-new "Angry Whopper" burger. Other voice-over work on commercials included Dodge and 7-Up.[8]



LeGault died from heart failure on Monday, September 10, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 77, survived by his wife of 28 years Teresa, and their four children Mary, Teresa, Marcus and William Lance Junior.[9]




  1. ^ Profile, google.com; accessed November 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Official Lance LeGault website Biography". LanceLeGault.com. Archived from the original on September 15, 2012. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
  3. ^ "Archive". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  4. ^ a b Kleiner, Dick (March 23, 1978). "Ask Dick Kleiner (Another Good Villain)". The Prescott Courier. Vol. 98, no. 70. Prescott, Arizona. Newspaper Enterprise Association. p. 5. Retrieved February 15, 2009.
  5. ^ Marianne Gillespie. "Lance LeGault dies in California - News - Journal Star - Peoria, IL". Pjstar.com. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  6. ^ "Lance LeGault Obituary - Frazier Park, California". Legacy.com. March 24, 2016. Retrieved March 14, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g Lance LeGault at IMDb
  8. ^ a b c Minovitz, Ethan (September 12, 2012). "Lance LeGault was Junior in Home on the Range". Big Cartoon News. Archived from the original on December 3, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.
  9. ^ "Funeral Services Pending Character Actor Lance LeGault". Bhcourier.com. September 11, 2012. Archived from the original on September 14, 2012. Retrieved September 12, 2012.