Richard Dysart played the part of Russ DeKuyper in the Season 2 AITF episode "Edith Gets a Mink".
|Birthplace:||Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.|
|Also known for:||L.A. Law TV series|
L.A. Law: The Movie
|Spouse(s):||Kathryn Jacobi (1987-present)|
|Series:||All in the Family|
|Episodes appeared in:||"Edith Gets a Mink" in Season 2|
|Character played:||Russell DeKuyper|
Richard A. Dysart (born March 30, 1929) originated the role of Russell DeKuyper, Edith's brother-in-law, in the Season 2 All in the Family episode "Edith Gets a Mink" before being replaced in the role by George S. Irving in the Season 5 episode "Amelia's Divorce". Richard is perhaps best known for his role as Leland McKenzie on the NBC legal drama series L.A. Law.
Life and Career
Dysart served for four years in the US Air Force during the Korean War. In 1979, he was featured in the film Being There, portraying a good-hearted physician. In 1980, he portrayed Abraham Lincoln's Secretary of War Edwin Stanton in the television film The Ordeal of Dr. Mudd. He voiced the kindly miner Uncle Pom in the Disney English-language version of Hayao Miyazaki's 1986 adventure classic, Castle In The Sky, and voiced the character of "Cogliostro" on Todd McFarlane's Spawn: The Animated Series, which aired on HBO.
He starred in movies such as The Last Days of Patton, The Day of The Locust, The Rumor Mill, Pale Rider, The Falcon and The Snowman, Prophecy, The Thing, Warning Sign, Hard Rain, Mask, An Enemy of the People, The Hospital and The Hindenberg. Dysart created the role of Coach in the original Broadway production of Jason Miller's Pulitzer Prize winning play, That Championship Season in 1973.
The scene where his L.A. Law character, Leland, the patriarchal and stiff founder of a successful law practice, was revealed to be in bed with competitor Rosalind Shays (Diana Muldaur) was ranked as the 38th greatest moment in television in an issue of EGG magazine. He earned one Emmy Award, and three more nominations, for his role as McKenzie on L.A. Law.
Dysart was a founding member of the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco. He attended Gould Academy in Bethel, ME. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and an Emmy Award in 1992. He is a brother of the Phi Alpha Tau fraternity based out of Emerson College in Boston. In 1990, Dysart was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Law.
Dysart and his third wife, artist Kathryn Jacobi, have been married since 1987.