LeGault grew up in Chillicothe, Illinois and graduated from Chillicothe Township High School in 1955. Lance began his acting career as a stunt double for Elvis Presley; he appears in the 60s Presley vehicles Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962), Kissin' Cousins (1964), Viva Las Vegas (1964) and Roustabout (1964).
With his tall, lean, compact build, strong, intense and commanding screen presence, and highly distinctive low, deep, gravel voice, LeGault has been frequently cast as various stern and severe military types in both movies and television programs, alike. His most memorable film roles include "Iago" in the Shakespearean rock opera Catch My Soul (1974), evil pimp "Burt" in the offbeat French Quarter (1978), vicious hired-killer "Vince" in Coma (1978), formidable card sharp "Doc Palmer" in the made-for-TV Western The Gambler (1974), the austere "Colonel Glass" in the hilarious Stripes (1981), steely prison guard security chief "Lieutenant Barnes" in the terrific Fast-Walking (1982) and the strict "Reverend Bates" in Nightmare Beach (1989).
LeGault had recurring parts on several TV shows in the 80s: outstanding as the cunning and antagonistic "Colonel Roderick Decker" on "The A-Team" (1983), ramrod "Colonel "Buck" Greene" on "Magnum, P.I." (1980) and rugged cowboy bounty hunter "Alamo Joe Rogan" on "Werewolf" (1987).
Among the many TV shows Lance has had guest spots on are "Land of the Giants" (1968), "Gun Law" (1955), "Wonder Woman" (1975), "Barbary Coast" (1975), "The Rockford Files" (1974), "The Incredible Hulk" (1978), "Battlestar Galactica" (1978), "The Dukes of Hazzard" (1979), "Dallas" (1978), "Buck Rogers in the 25th Century" (1979), "Voyagers" (1982), "Dynasty" (1981), "Knight Rider" (1982), "Airwolf " (1984), "Murder, She Wrote" (1984), "MacGyver" (1985), "Major Dad" (1989), "Quantum Leap" (1989) and "Star Trek: The Next Generation" (1987). Outside of his acting gigs in both films and TV shows,
LeGault has also worked as a lounge and nightclub singer (he even recorded a self-titled album in 1970). In addition, Lance has done voice work for cartoons and video games as well as the narrator of the tour audiotape for Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion and Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. Lance LeGault lives on a ranch in California. IMDb Mini Biography By: woodyanders
Death[edit | edit source]
LeGault died on Monday, September 10, 2012, at his home in Los Angeles at the age of 77, survived by his wife of 35 years Mary and their four children Mary, Teresa, Marcus and Lance.
Trade Mark[edit | edit source]
- Low-pitched, gravelly voice
- Playing steel-jawed & hard-nosed military Colonels
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Doubled for Elvis Presley in several of his movies, including Kissin' Cousins (1964), in which there was an error in one of the scenes where you can see it's Lance when it's supposed to be Elvis.
- Lance LeGault is an accomplished pilot, and enjoyed flying his Cessna Skyhawk. He also breds Arabian horses on his ranch.
- Last name is pronounced "LUH-GOH" .. not "Gault" as in "Fault"
- Earned a bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Wichita, Kansas.
- Father of actress Mary LeGault.
- Is well known for his portrayals of military personnel, especially officers.
- Can be seen in the "live performance" segments of Elvis' '68 Comeback Special, sitting on the edge of the stage, occasionally playing a tambourine during songs.
Personal Quotes[edit | edit source]
"We shot Kissin' Cousins (1964) in seventeen days, and I think that was the turning point. Up until then, certain standards had been maintained. Once they realized they could do a film so quickly, we were on fast pictures. The first time I noticed it was in Roustabout (1964). Elvis rode a Honda in it. Which is pretty silly, when you think about it, because Elvis rides Harleys. Yet, in the film, they put him on a 350 Honda. And this is a guy who's playing a drifter whose only mode of transportation is his bike. This is a guy who supposedly goes across country on a machine that's about right for the driveway, a 350 Honda".
References[edit | edit source]
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- Lance LeGault at the Internet Movie Database (IMDb)