Richard Dysart

Richard Dysart ( born March 30, 1929 in Augusta, Maine, United States) is an American film and television actor. He also acted in the television series LA Law - with celebrity attorneys, tricks, processes, which aired from 1986 to 1994.


Richard Dysart served during the Korean War for four years in the U.S. Air Force.

He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco. He is a member of the fraternity of Phi Alpha Tau at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.


In an issue of EGG magazine a scene of the series LA Law was listed as the 38th greatest moment in television. It was a scene in which he presented the character Leland McKenzie, patriarchal representative of a so stiff as successful law practice, in bed with his Rosalind Shays a contestant (Diana Muldaur ) was caught.

1972 Dysart was awarded a Drama Desk Award and 1992 with an Emmy Award.

Filmography (selection)