L.A. Law was an NBC hit legal drama aired the late eighties and early nineties. The series discussed many controversial topics like capital punishment, abortion, gay rights, racism, and so much more. During its eight-season run, L.A. Law was one of the biggest TV Shows on TV. Viewers couldn’t wait to see what the next episode had in store.
As we know, many actors get their big breaks from hit T.V. shows. If they get lucky and impress the right people with their performance, it can lead to a career as a movie star. The show wrapped up in 1994, but it was certainly remembered. Now that’s it’s been well over two decades, were going to take a trip down memory lane. This is the cast of L.A. Law while they were on the show, and what they have been up to since the hit drama ended. You will never believe how different some of your favorite actors look.
Seasoned lawyer Ann Kelsey was one of the main characters of the hit show. She is beautifully portrayed by Jill Eikenberry. The talented actress earned an outstanding five Emmy Award nominations, and in 1989, she took home a Golden Globe award. Her hit show ended its run in 1994.
After her time on L.A. Law, Eikenberry’s acting career didn’t end. She resurfaced in the ’00s when she landed starring roles in T.V. shows, like Judging Amy, Numb3ers, and Law & Order. She gave an incredible performance in 2011’s Young Adult. This talented star isn’t the only actress in her family; she’s not even the only one to appear in L.A. Law…
Eikenberry’s husband is an actor as well, and he portrayed tax attorney Stuart Markowitz on L.A. Law. The pair was actually for together throughout the entire run of the show. Just like his wife, Tucker was popular among fans and critics. In between filming episodes of the series, Tucker also starred in movies, like Radio Days.
The actor was nominated for to Golden Globe Awards and three Emmy Awards. After the show came to an end, Tucker found some big-screen success. He was featured in D2: The Mighty Ducks and Cold Souls. In 2002, Tucker (along with his wife) reprised his role in L.A. Law: The Movie. In 1995, Tucker published a cookbook titled I Never Forget A Meal: An Indulgent Reminiscence.
Alan Rachins was a main cast member of L.A. Law for the entirety of the series. He portrayed Managing Partner Douglas Brackman Jr., and he was a fan favorite. His character brought comic relief to help balance out the serious side of the law industry. Before L.A. Law, Rachins was a writer for other shows, like The Fall Guy, Hart To Hart, and Knight Rider.
A few years after the show ended, Rachins was featured on Dharma & Greg, a hit comedy where he portrayed one of the main character’s dad, Larry. Rachins also appeared in various T.V. shows, including Happy Endings, Rizzoli & Isles, and The Crazy Ones. He even dabbled with animation and lent his voice to Normal Osborn on the cartoon, The Spectacular Spider-Man.
The star of the show was Leland McKenzie, portrayed by Richard Dysart. The hit character was part of the show from start to finish, including the 2002 movie. In 1922, the talented actor won an Emmy for his remarkable performance as McKenzie. He had the ability to bring a calm and relaxed feel to an otherwise, very intense show.
Even though he played the lead character in L.A. Law, Dysart didn’t go on to star in many other projects, as you may have thought. But while he was still on the show, he was featured in a few hit movies, like Wall Street and Back To The Future III. While he was still on the show, he also starred in a couple of small-screen shows: The Hospital and Being There. In 2015, Dysart sadly passed away following an illness.