Welcome to the official website of Richard A. Dysart
(a.k.a. Dickie D. from down by the sea)
Here you will find information about Dick’s career in theater, film and television, including audio and video clips. The main part of the site is a timeline; you can click on it for more details about anything that interests you. This site is a work-in-progress, so you might like to visit occasionally to see what’s new. We hope you will enjoy exploring these many little windows into Dick’s life and character.
Emmy Award winning Actor, Richard Dysart,
March 30, 1929 – April 5, 2015
Actor Richard A.Dysart died quietly at his home on Sunday, April 5th, 2015, following a long illness. He is survived by his loving family: his wife, Kathryn Jacobi Dysart, stepson Arie and daughter-in-law Jeannine Jacobi, mother-in-law Lenore, brother and sister in law, Nadine and John Jacobi, and grandchildren Abby and Levi. He will be sorely missed by the many friends and admirers from throughout his life and from around the world. He was 86 years old.
Richard enjoyed a long and satisfying career as an actor. He got his start in radio as a teen, earned a Master’s degree in Speech Communication at Emerson College, and worked at New York’s legendary Circle in the Square Theatre in the 1950s.
In one of Richard’s most notable roles, for which he won an Emmy Award in 1992, he starred as Leland McKenzie, the senior partner in the long-running television series L.A. Law. Among his other numerous accomplishments, he created the Broadway role of the Coach in That Championship Season, for which he won a Drama Desk Award in 1972, and he starred in Hal Ashby’s Being There, Clint Eastwood’s Pale Rider, and John Carpenter’s The Thing among other noted and beloved films.
A private memorial will be planned for a later time. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that you donate to the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, a wonderful repertory outdoor theater in Topanga Canyon, California.