Newswire: R.I.P. Richard Dysart of L.A. Law

Numerous sources are reporting the death of Richard Dysart, a veteran of stage and screen who was perhaps best known for playing Leland McKenzie, the cantankerous, yet loveably paternal senior partner of NBC’s long-running hit L.A. Law. Dysart died after an unspecified long illness at the age of 86.

Dysart racked up four Emmy nominations for his work on the Steven Bochco drama, finally winning the best supporting actor prize in 1992. Out of the series’ sprawling ensemble cast—which spanned the latter half of the ’80s and first half of the ’90s, and featured the likes of Harry Hamlin, Corbin Bernsen, Susan Dey, and Jimmy Smits all taking a stab at the fake-legal profession—Dysart was the only one to appear in every episode, his grounding presence holding down a firm whose lawyers were constantly in and out of bed with each other, and occasionally, sometimes, working …

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