National Obituary Review

Dead Person of the Day – October 10 – Lance LeGault (Special Edition!)

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Special day here at the NOR. The integration process with The Shade over the past few years has been tough. Their arrogant, insufferable twits that are tough to like (and not easy to look at). With one exception. Today is Rein Hagglemeyer’s birthday anniversary celebration.

As such we brought him into our afternoon meeting yesterday and had him lead the discussion on choosing today’s DPD. As to be expected he did not disappoint.

Lance LeGaut.

He played the military men for which he was best known in the Bill Murray comedy “Stripes” (he was Col. Glass), the Louis Gossett Jr. starrer “Iron Eagle,” in which he played Gen. Edwards, and on NBC series “The A-Team,” in which his Col. Roderick Decker doggedly pursued the unjustly accused heroes (of course he never succeeded).

But prior to his ‘tough guy’ Hollywood persona LeGaut was much like Reins and very light on his feet and a heartbreaker with the ladies. He appeared (often uncredited) in many Elvis’ films and was rumored to still more than one fawn away from The King.

LeGault racked up smallscreen credits during the 1980s, recurring as Ray Bonning on “Dynasty,” Al Halliday on “Dallas” and Col. Buck Greene on “Magnum, P.I.” and appearing on “The Dukes of Hazzard,” “Knight Rider,” “Simon and Simon,” “Murder, She Wrote” and “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” to name a few. Many of which were (and still are) some of Reins’ favorite shows.

So congratulations to Reins and Lance for a job well done. Not least of which was attaining a mention on the NOR.

Actor Lance LeGault dies at 77
Played miitary types, was Elvis stunt double

By Variety Staff
Lance LeGault, a character actor who began his career as a stunt double for Elvis Presley and went on to play a long line of gravelly voiced military types in films including “Stripes” and “Iron Eagle” and on TV shows including “The A-Team,” died Monday, Sept. 10, in Los Angeles. He was 77. Continue

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