Richard Dysart, best known for his role as Leland McKenzie in “L.A. Law,” has died at the age of 86 on April 5, Sunday. The actor suffered from cancer at his home in Santa Monica, California, Kathryn Jacobi, his wife since 1987, confirmed.
A publicist who spoke to the media confirmed that the “L.A. Law” star is dead after a prolonged illness.
Richard Dysart was a character actor who specialized in roles of lawyers and doctors. However, he started his career by serving the Air Force for four years before moving on to show business. He played the role of a doctor in “The Hospital” in 1971 and acted in several roles for which he got nominated for Emmy Awards four times.
His real encounter with popularity happened when he started acting in “L.A. Law,” a drama series. From 1986 to 1994, he worked in the series and won Emmy in 1992 for outstanding supporting actor.
Dysart worked for nearly five decades as a character actor in film and drama.
The industry mourns Richard Dysart’s passing, with messages of condolences pouring from everywhere.