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Overview (5)

Born in Brighton, Massachusetts, USA
Died in Santa Monica, California, USA  (cancer)
Birth NameRichard Allen Dysart
Nickname Dick
Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Dysart served for four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and a Emmy Award in 1992. He was good friends with Diana Muldaur, who played Rosalind Shays on L.A. Law.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: davosdesk

Spouse (2)

Kathryn Marie Jacobi (5 September 1987 - 5 April 2015) (his death)
? (? - ?) (divorced)

Trivia (16)

Was a brother of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
The scene where his L.A. Law character, Leland, were discovered in bed with his enemy Rosalind, was ranked as the 38th greatest moment in television in the March 1991 issue of EGG magazine.
Earned a Master's degree in Speech Communication at Emerson College.
Enjoyed dogs, writing, art, cooking, fitness, backpacking and ocean swimming. He was a certified open water diver.
Worked with L.A. Law co-star Diana Muldaur at New York's legendary Circle in the Square Theatre in the 60s. Muldaur has described Dysart as "wonderful" and "a great character actor".
In 1990, he was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law.
Worked for a local radio station while growing up in the Kennebac Valley in Maine.
Twice portrayed President Harry S. Truman in The Winds of War (1988) and Day One (1989).
His third wife was artist Kathryn Jacobi.
The scene where his "L.A. Law" character, Leland McKenzie, the patriarchal and founder of a successful law practice, was discovered in bed with his nemesis/competitor Rosalind Shays (played by 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. He and Muldaur were also off-camera friends.
In addition to having played Harry Truman twice, he co-starred in the movie "Truman" as Henry L. Stimson.
Twice played J. Edgar Hoover - in "Panther" and "Marilyn & Bobby: Her Final Years".
Twice played Dwight Eisenhower - in "Churchill and the Generals" and "The Last Days of Patton".
Had one son, Arie.
Was the only actor to appear in every episode of L.A. Law (1986).

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