“Forgotten Hollywood”- We Remember Richard Dysart…

Posted on April 5, 2015 by raideoman1 | No Comments

Manny P. here…L.A. Law

   Richard Dysart had a meticulous career on stage, in motion pictures, and television. He is best remembered as the senior partner Leland McKenzie in the long-running courtroom drama, L.A. Law. He finally earned an Emmy for that assignment after three previous nominations.

   Dysart was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. George C. Scott appeared with the company, and he and Dysart became good friends. Richard later joined Scott in a New York revival of The Little Foxes. Scott often suggested he be cast in many of his movies. He created the Broadway role of the coach in Jason Miller’s Pulitzer Prize winning play, That Championship Season, for which he won a Drama Desk Award in 1972.                              RICHARD DYSART —->

   His finest moment in cinema was when he played the doctor in Being There, providing reliable support to Peter Sellers, Shirley MacLaine, Melvyn Douglas (who won an Oscar), and Jack Warden. He also co-starred in The Hospital, Pale Rider, The Hindenburg, The Thing, The Day of the Locust, The Falcon and the Snowman, The Last Days of Patton, Mask, An Enemy of the People, Back to the Future Part III, and Wall Street.

    In 1990, Dysart was awarded a fitting Honorary Doctorate of Law at Emerson College in Boston. It complimented his Master’s Degree.

   The absolutely wonderful Richard Dysart was 86.

Until next time>                               “never forget”

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