A veteran actor who was one of the stars of the long-running drama series “L.A. Law” has died. The AP reports that Richard Dysart died Sunday at his home in Santa Monica, Calif. He was 86.
Dysart played Leland McKenzie, senior partner in the law firm at the center of the NBC legal drama “L.A. Law,” which aired from 1986-1994. He won an Emmy for the role in 1992 — one of the four times he was nominated for the role.
He was also known for his work on the stage and in feature films. His film roles included “Being There,” “Pale Rider” and “The Falcon and the Snowman.”
The AP report notes: “He created the Broadway role of the Coach in ‘That Championship Season,’ for which he won a Drama Desk Award in 1972.”