05-02 Happy birthday to the late Lance Legault, Born: May 2, 1937 and passed away on September 10, 2012.
LeGault’s first three feature films were Elvis Presley movies, Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962) in which he was a stunt double for Elvis Presley, Kissin’ Cousins (1964), and Viva Las Vegas (1964). He also appeared in Presley’s 1968 NBC television special Elvis (also known as Elvis’ 68 Comeback Special), where he sat at the side of the stage playing a tambourine. He appeared in Roustabout, another Presley film, as a carnival barker. In 1969, he appeared as Iago in the UK stage version of Jack Good’s Catch My Soul: Rock Othello, and played Iago again in the 1974 Metromedia film version of Catch My Soul.
He starred in television series and in television movies and was known mainly for portraying military personnel, especially officers. His best known television role was in the 1980s series The A-Team as Colonel Roderick Decker, a United States Army colonel who tried to catch the fugitive Vietnam veterans. He played the role of Colonel Decker from 1983-86. He also had a recurring role in the other 1980s hit television series Magnum, P.I. as a United States Marine Corps colonel, Colonel “Buck” Greene.
LeGault was on screen in a variety of programs including the short lived series Werewolf in 1987. In 1980, he starred with Kenny Rogers in the television movie The Gambler. He made a few appearances on the second season of Dynasty as Ray Bonning. He appeared on Knight Rider in the pilot episode “Knight of the Phoenix” and appeared (as a different character) in the season 2 episode “Knight in Shining Armor”; and took on the roles of three different bad-guy characters in Airwolf (in To Snare a Wolf, Sweet Britches and Wildfire) as well as doing the voice-overs for the series’ 1st Season “saga sell” teasers. He guest-starred on yet another hit 1980s television series Dallas as Al Halliday in 1989.
Often playing stern colonels, the low-pitched, gravelly-voiced actor portrayed Colonel Glass in the 1981 comedy Stripes, starring Bill Murray and John Candy.
He made many guest appearances on television series, his appearances ranged from The Rockford Files (episode “A Deadly Maze”), Gunsmoke, Barbary Coast, Logan’s Run, Police Woman, Battlestar Galactica, The Incredible Hulk (episode “The Antowuk Horror”), Wonder Woman, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, The Dukes of Hazzard (episode “Treasure of Hazzard”), T. J. Hooker, Tales of the Gold Monkey, Voyagers!, MacGyver, Simon & Simon, Sledge Hammer!, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Renegade and Crusade. He appeared on Land of the Giants in the first season episode “Underground” as a police officer.
LeGault’s last role was in the 2013 movie Prince Avalanche, and the film is dedicated to him.
Lance LeGault was the actor who appeared in the Star Trek: The Next Generation second season episode “The Emissary” as Captain K’Temoc.
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