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Dysart at the 40th Primetime Emmy Awards, 1988
March 30, 1929|
near Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.
|Died||April 5, 2015
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Known for||L.A. Law
L.A. Law: The Movie
|Spouse(s)||Kathryn Jacobi (1987–2015)|
In 1979, he was featured in the film Being There starring Peter Sellers and Melvyn Douglas, portraying a good-hearted physician. In 1980, he portrayed Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in the television film The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd. He voiced the kindly miner Uncle Pom in the Disney English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 adventure classic Castle in the Sky and the character of Cogliostro on Todd McFarlane's Spawn: The Animated Series, which aired on HBO.
His other movie credits included roles in The Hindenburg, An Enemy of the People, Prophecy, The Thing, Pale Rider, and Day One (with L.A. Law co-star Michael Tucker). Dysart created the role of Coach in the original Broadway production of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play, That Championship Season in 1973. He appeared in an episode of the 1976 CBS television series Sara.
The scene in which his L.A. Law character, Leland McKenzie, who was 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 on L.A. Law.
Dysart was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater, San Francisco. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and an Emmy Award in 1992. He was 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.
Personal life and death
Dysart and his third wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, were married from 1987 until the time of his death.
- Petulia (1968)
- The Lost Man (1969)
- The Hospital (1971)
- The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman (TV) (1974)
- The Terminal Man (1974)
- The Crazy World of Julius Vrooder (1974)
- The Day of the Locust (1975)
- The Hindenburg (1975)
- It Happened One Christmas (TV) (1977)
- An Enemy of the People (1978)
- Prophecy (1979)
- Meteor (1979)
- Being There (1979)
- Bitter Harvest (1981)
- The Thing (1982)
- The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
- Mask (1985)
- Malice in Wonderland (TV) (1985)
- Pale Rider (1985)
- Warning Sign (1985)
- Blood & Orchids (TV) (1986)
- The Last Days of Patton (TV) (1986)
- Wall Street (1987)
- War and Remembrance (TV) (1988)
- Day One (TV) (1989)
- Back to the Future Part III (1990)
- Panther (1995)
- Truman (TV) (1995)
- Hard Rain (1998)
- L.A. Law: The Movie (TV) (2002)
- Obituary, nytimes.com, April 10, 2015; accessed April 2, 2016.
- Nominees-Winners Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
- Richard Dysart Academy of Television Arts & Sciences
- Richard Dysart, who starred in 'L.A. Law,' dies at 86
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