Richard A. Dysart



Born: March 30, 1929
Boston, Massachusetts

Died: April 5, 2015
Santa Monica, California

Obituary:Actor Richard A. Dysart, who earned a Drama Desk Award for his performance as the gruff, self-deluding coach in the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1972 drama That Championship Season, died April 5 at age 86.

Mr. Dysart won a 1992 Emmy Award for playing another flawed authority figure, senior law partner Leland McKenzie on TV's "L.A. Law."

In the early days of Off-Broadway, he appeared frequently at the Circle in the Square Theatre, including its landmark production of The Iceman Cometh. He lived for a time in San Francisco in the 1960s. He became a founding member of San Francisco's American Conservatory Theatre, where he played the leads in classic plays, including Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. Mr. Dysart played Horace Giddens in the 1967 Broadway revival of The Little Foxes, directed by Mike Nichols. His award-winning performance in That Championship Season was his last for Broadway. He worked in movies and TV for most of the rest of his career, earning four Best Supporting Actor Emmy nominations, and winning for "L.A. Law." Movie appearances include John Carpenter's "The Thing" and Clint Eastwood's "Pale Rider."



Playbill Cover - That Championship Season That Championship Season
Sep. 14, 1972 - Apr. 21, 1974
Coach Performer
A Place Without Doors
Dec. 22, 1970 - Jan. 16, 1971
Pierre Lannes Performer
Playbill Cover - The Little Foxes The Little Foxes
Oct. 26, 1967 - Jan. 20, 1968
Horace Giddens Performer
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Playbill Cover - All in Good Time All in Good Time
Feb. 18, 1965 - Mar. 27, 1965
Uncle Fred Performer

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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Production Winner/Nominee
1972 Outstanding Performance That Championship Season Winner
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