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TV Diary: Multi-talented Lance LeGault worked a lot with Elvis

Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 12:01 am

Many have not heard of the passing of character actor Lance LeGault (pronounced Luh Go) Sept. 10 at his home in Los Angeles.

Best known for his role as Col. Roderick Decker on “The A-Team,” he had made appearances on “Battlestar Galactica,” “MacGyver,” “Star Trek: The Next Generation” and “Airwolf.”

He also had recurring roles as Al Halliday on “Dallas,” as Alamo Joe Rogan on “Werewolf,” as Col. Buck Greene on “Magnum, P.I.” and as Ray Bonning on “Dynasty.”

His unmistakable deep, gravelly voice was heard by millions on TV commericals such as Burger King, Dodge and 7-Up. That voice also was responsible for his casting as military or authoritative parts.

His website said he was discovered by John Wayne, and his musical abilities enabled him to open for Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley.

Presley reportedly was so impressed with the actor/musician he cast LeGault as his body double in “Girls! Girls! Girls!” “Kissin' Cousins,” “Viva Las Vegas” and “Roustabout.”

LeGault even played tambourine on Presley's 1968 comeback TV special, and, if anyone has ever visited Graceland, LeGault narrates the audio portion of the mansion's tour.

LeGault's final appearance takes place in the upcoming 2013 Paul Rudd comedy, “Prince Avalanche.”

He was married to his wife, Teresa, for 35 years and had four children, including actress Mary LeGault.