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Richard Dysart dies at 86; actor best known for 'L.A. Law' role

Richard Dysart dies at 86; actor best known for 'L.A. Law' role

Richard Dysart, an actor whose quiet air of authority helped him play presidents, generals, corporate executives and his best-known character, low-key senior partner Leland McKenzie of "L.A. Law", has died. He was 86. Dysart's death Sunday at his Santa Monica home was caused by cancer, said his wife Kathryn Jacobi Dysart. While Dysart was a veteran of the Broadway stage and had appeared in many movies, he didn't land his trademark role until he was in his late 50s. "L.A. Law", a legal drama spiced with sex and dark humor, ran from 1986 to 1994 with a cast that over the years included Harry Hamlin, Corbin Bernsen, Jimmy Smits, Susan Dey, Michael Tucker and...

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