Played miitary types, was Elvis stunt double

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.

During the 1960s LeGault appeared uncredited in the Presley films “Girls! Girls! Girls!,” “Kissin’ Cousins,” “Viva Las Vegas” and “Roustabout” and as a dancer in Bob Fosse’s bigscreen musical “Sweet Charity.” He was also an assistant to choreographer Alex Romero on the 1967 Presley pic “Clambake.”

In 1974 he played Othello in the Patrick McGoohan-directed musical Shakespeare adaptation “Catch My Soul,” and he had a supporting role in the 1978 Michael Crichton thriller “Coma.”

During the 1970s he also guested on a variety of TV shows, including “Gunsmoke,” “Black Sheep Squadron” and “The Rockford Files,” and recurred on the original “Battlestar Galactica” as Maga.

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.

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.

During the 1990s he guested on shows including “L.A. Law” and “Major Dad.”

He also in a variety of telepics, including Kenny Rogers starrer “The Gambler,” and did voicework for films including the animated “Home on the Range” and “The Legend of Sasquatch” as well as for videogames.

The actor most recently appeared in the 2009 feature mockumentary “Stuntmen.”

William Lance LeGault was born in Chicago, spent some time in an orphanage during a tough childhood.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Teresa; two daughter, Mary, an actress, and Teresa; and two sons, Marcus and Lance.

A memorial will take place Saturday, Sept. 22, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills. A short viewing will be held from 12:30-1 p.m. followed by a service at Liberty Hall at 1 p.m. Please RSVP via email for the viewing to marylegault@me.com

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