Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Rip Lance LeGault

Funeral arrangements were pending today for Lance LeGault, a veteran character actor whose 50-year Hollywood career included work as a stunt double for Elvis Presley and appearances in television programs such as “Magnum P.I.” and “The A-Team” and movies such as “Stripes” and “Coma.”

LeGault died Monday at his home in Los Angeles, according to his daughter, Mary. He was 75, according to his official website, www.lancelegault.com.

One of LeGault’s best-known roles was that of Col. Roderick Decker on the hit 1980s series “The A-Team,” his daughter said. The  actor, a Chicago native who grew up in Chillicothe, Ill., also played a military officer, Col. Glass, in the 1981 comedy “Stripes,” which starred Bill Murray and John Candy she said.

LeGault had a recurring role in 1980 and 1981 on the series “Dynasty,” according to IMDB.

His early credits include stunt double for Presley in “Viva Las Vegas,” “Kissin’ Cousins” and “Roustabout,” his daughter said.

LeGault also did voice work in cartoons and in commercials, pitching products f or such brands as Burger King, Dodge and 7-Up, Mary LeGault said.

His voice was also used for time as the narrator of the tour audiotape at Presely’s Graceland mansion.

Glen Larson, creator of the television series “Knight Rider,” said LeGault’s voice was “four octaves lower than God’s,” his daughter said.

LeGault is survived by his wife of 35 years, Teresa; daughters Mary and Teresa; and two sons, Marcus and Lance.

LeGAULT, Lance (William Lance Legault)
Born: 5/2/1935, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A
Died: 9/2/2012, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.

Lance LeGault’s westerns actor, voice actor:
Pioneer Woman (TV) – 1973 (Joe Wormser)
Gunsmoke (TV) – 1974 (Oregon)
This is the West That Was (TV) – 1974 (Hearts)
Barbary Coast (TV) – 1975 (Ben Sharpe)
The Busters (TV) – 1978 (Mel Drew)
Donner Pass: The Road to Survival (TV) – 1978 (Charles Stanton)
How the West Was Won (TV) – 1979 (Zachary)
Kenny Rogers The Gambler (TV) – 1980 (Doc Palmer)
Louis L’Amour’s Down the Long Hills (TV) – 1986 [narrator]
Guns of Paradise (TV) – 1989 (Harlan Ivey)
Home on the Range – 2004 [voice of Junior the Buffalo]

1 comment:

  1. I saw Lance LeGault play the lead role of Iago in the Othello-inspired stage musical "Catch My Soul" in London in the fall of 1970. He was one of several Americans with key roles in that production, including P.J. Proby and P.P. Arnold. Always wondered what became of him...