Richard Dysart, Emmy-Winning Star of L.A. Law, Dead at 86

Richard Dysart Dead

Actor Richard Dysart, best known for his Emmy-winning role as senior partner Leland McKenzie on L.A. Law, died April 5 after a long illness, our sister site Deadline reports. He was 86.

Dysart — who got his start in radio and on stage — starred in the long-running NBC drama from 1986 to 1994. The performance earned Dysart a supporting actor Emmy in 1992.

During his time on L.A. Law, Dysart took part in one of the most shocking moments in TV history, the elevator-shaft death of Rosalind Shays:

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  1. arial2 says:

    He was a great actor! Loved him in the show.

  2. NF and SK fan always says:

    I loved that show, he was a great actor! RIP buddy.
    and my prayers go out to his friends and family.

  3. HAP says:

    This great actor’s credits date back to 1953. A bit of trivia is that he was very close friends with Diana Muldaur, who you see going down the shaft in the clip. And the dude had a masters degree. RIP, sir.

  4. Steven says:

    RIP. He was a great actor.