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Date of Birth 2 May 1935Chicago, Illinois, USA
Date of Death 10 September 2012Los Angeles, California, USA  (heart failure)
Birth NameWilliam Lance Legault
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Lance LeGault was born as William Lance Legault on May 2, 1935 in Chicago, Illinois. LeGault grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois and graduated from Chillicothe Township High School in 1955. Lance began his acting career as a stunt double for Elvis Presley; he appears in the 1960s Presley vehicles Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Kissin' Cousins (1964), Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Roustabout (1964). With his tall, lean, compact build, strong, intense and commanding screen presence, and highly distinctive deep, gravelly voice, LeGault has been frequently cast as various stern and severe military types in both movies and television series, alike.

His most memorable film roles include Iago in the Shakespearean rock opera Catch My Soul (1974), evil pimp Burt in the offbeat French Quarter (1978), vicious hired-killer Vince in Coma (1978), formidable card sharp Doc Palmer in the made-for-TV Western The Gambler (1974), the austere Colonel Glass in the hilarious comedy Stripes (1981), steely prison guard security chief Lieutenant Barnes in the terrific Fast-Walking (1982) and the strict Reverend Bates in Nightmare Beach (1989).

LeGault had recurring roles on several television series in the 1980s: outstanding as the cunning and antagonistic Colonel Roderick Decker on The A-Team (1983), ramrod Colonel Buck Greene on Magnum, P.I. (1980) and rugged cowboy bounty hunter Alamo Joe Rogan on Werewolf (1987). Among the many television series Lance has had guest spots on are Land of the Giants (1968), Gunsmoke (1955), Wonder Woman (1975), Barbary Coast (1975), The Rockford Files (1974), The Incredible Hulk (1978), Battlestar Galactica (1978), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979), Dallas (1978), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Voyagers! (1982), Dynasty (1981), Knight Rider (1982), Airwolf (1984), Murder, She Wrote (1984), MacGyver (1985), Major Dad (1989), Quantum Leap (1989) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987).

Outside of his acting gigs in both films and television series, LeGault also worked as a lounge and nightclub singer (he even recorded a self-titled album in 1970). In addition, Lance did voice work for cartoons and video games as well as the narrator of the tour audiotape for Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion and Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Lance LeGault died at age 77 of heart failure on September 10, 2012 at his home in Los Angeles, California.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders

Spouse (1)

Teresa Ann Gray (8 May 1978 - 10 September 2012) (his death) (4 children)

Trade Mark (2)

Deep gravelly voice
Often played steel-jawed and hard-nosed military commanders

Trivia (13)

Doubled for Elvis Presley in several of his movies, including Kissin' Cousins (1964), in which there was an error in one of the scenes where you can see it's Lance when it's supposed to be Elvis.
Lance LeGault was an accomplished pilot, and enjoyed flying his Cessna Skyhawk. He also breeded Arabian horses on his ranch.
Last name is pronounced "LUH-GOH"... not "Gault" as in "Fault".
Received a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas.
Had four children with his wife Theresa LeGault: Mary LeGault, Teresa LeGault, Marcus LeGault and Lance LeGault Jr.
Is well-known for his portrayals of stern and severe military personnel, especially officers.
Can be seen in the "live performance" segments of Elvis' '68 Comeback Special, sitting on the edge of the stage, occasionally playing a tambourine during songs.
Narrated an audio portion of a tour for Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion in Memphis, Tennessee. [November 2004]
Following his death, he was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park (Hollywood Hills) in Los Angeles, California.
Lived in an orphanage for a time between his father's death when he was four and when his mother remarried.
Attended and graduated from Chillicothe Township High School in Chillicothe, Illinois in 1955.
Is not related to Jason LeGault.
Parents are Mary Jean and Ernest Legault.

Personal Quotes (1)

We shot Kissin' Cousins (1964) in seventeen days, and I think that was the turning point. Up until then, certain standards had been maintained. Once they realized they could do a film so quickly, we were on fast pictures. The first time I noticed it was in Roustabout (1964). Elvis rode a Honda in it. Which is pretty silly, when you think about it, because Elvis rides Harleys. Yet, in the film, they put him on a 350 Honda. And this is a guy who's playing a drifter whose only mode of transportation is his bike. This is a guy who supposedly goes across country on a machine that's about right for the driveway, a 350 Honda.

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