Mr. Lance LeGault

  • Born: May 2, 1937
  • Died: September 10, 2012
  • Location: Frazier Park, California

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Lance LeGault was born on May 2, 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. He was orphaned at age 4 when his father died in a Montana snow storm. Lance spent 3 years in a Catholic orphanage until his mother remarried 82nd Airborne Staff Sargeant Fred Travor. This defining childhood impacted Lance and made him the great man he was. At the age of 13 he worked on the railroads to help support his family, but the job didn't last very long due to his age. A star quarterback at Chillicothe High School, he was gifted with athleticism and a drive to succeed. And succeed he did in music and in his craft as an actor.

Lance attended Wichita State University for only two years, then decided to focus on his music. The Louisiana Hayride was described as the cradle of the stars that broadcasted over the radio and highlighted musicians such as Hank Williams and Elvis Presley. Lance performed in the Louisiana Hayride and was a hit. His first break in acting came while on the set as an extra in the John Wayne film – The Horse Soldiers in 1959. John Wayne was so pleased with Lance and his ability to be a real cowboy, he told Lance he should head out to California. Determined to launch his career in music he set out in his car until it broke down, then ended up hitch hiking the rest of the way to Hollywood. He found a job performing blues at a club called the Crossbow. The King of Rock and Roll" Elvis Presley came to visit him along with Tuesday Weld. Lance played many shows with Elvis and was his double in several movies including "Kissing Cousins", "Viva Las Vegas", "Girls! Girls! Girls!," and "Roustabout" to name a few. Lance appeared uncredited as a dancer in Bob Fosse's big screen musical "Sweet Charity." He was also an assistant to choreographer Alex Romero on the 1967 Presley pic "Clambake." Both he and Elvis enjoyed motorcycle rides along the coast with Elvis going in cognito where no one recognized him.

Lance served four years in the Naval Air Reserve.

In 1974 he played Othello in the Patrick McGoohan-directed musical Shakespeare adaptation "Catch My Soul" at the Prince of Wales theatre in London where he won a critics award for Best Actor. During the 1970s Lance guest starred on a variety of TV shows, including "Gunsmoke," "Black Sheep Squadron" and "The Rockford Files," and a reoccurring role on the original "Battlestar Galactica" as Maga, but in 78' he landed the role of Vince in COMA with Michael Douglas. The Incredible Hulk, Captain America followed COMA into the early 80's.

Making a name for himself as a tough SOB playing Colonel Glass in the hit movie "Stripes" starring John Candy, and Bill Murray he continued the image he was known for. Glen Larson creator of "Knight Rider" once described his voice as "four octaves lower than God's". Known for his deep, low, gravely voice that earned himself roles in "Magium PI," "Airwolf," "Iron Eagle," "Dynasty," "Quantum Leap," "Star Trek," Alamo Joe Rogan in the series "Werewolf," and Colonel Roderick Decker in The hit series "The A-TEAM". In addition, Lance has done voice work for numerous commercials, cartoons, and videogames as well as the narrator of the tour audiotape for Elvis Presley's Graceland Mansion and Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

Lance was devoted to his family who supported and loved him. Lance met and married his wife of 35 years Teresa in Beverly Hills and they had 4 children together. Mary who is 25, an actor and the oldest of the 4, Marcus 23, a Mathematics Major graduate from Master's College, Teresa who is 16 and a High School student who plays volleyball and blues piano, and his youngest son Lance 14, a High School football player and the spitting image of his dad. Lance enjoyed the outdoors with his horses and dogs by his side. He certainly lived up to his surname "Strong Warrior". Lance will be remembered for his accomplishments and his larger than life personality. He will be forever missed and never forgotten.


Condolence & Memory Journal

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Blessings

Posted by Oliver and Roberta VanHoughton - Caldwell, OH - friend   September 30, 2021

He had a wonderful dog named "Blue" when he was our next door neighbor and we shared the landing with him and the dog . He was always kind and friendly with my two young sons. This was in early 73, I think but for years when his name was in the credits I was sure to watch the show! And to this day I always tell people what a wonderful Aussie he had and how good he was with her.

Posted by A friend   April 17, 2020

Lance is still missed. I was always a big fan of the A-Team and Col. Decker was my favorite 'nemesis'. Also loved his other role in Magnum P.I. Such a strong, wonderful voice. I actually didn't know he performed with Elvis and was his double in a few movies. That is just amazing. Multi talented. I wish i could have met him.. even though i didn't know him personally, i bet he was a great man.

Thank you for everything, Lance.

- a belgian fan

Posted by Sandra Bervoets    February 04, 2020

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Fair winds and following seas sailor.
"Boatswain... Standby to pipe the side... Shipmate's going Ashore..."

Thank you for your service to this nation.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   September 10, 2018

I miss you let's look up my uncles very much admired him also for all of his accomplishments I remember when he come back to visit always called me baby girl and always had me sit on his lap

Posted by Constance Carter - Chillicothe, IL - Family   May 02, 2018

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Godspeed Lance, and thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

Posted by Harry Simpson - Buckeye, AZ   September 11, 2017

Hi I am very sorry for your loss <3>

Posted by Tamera M Causey - Knoxville, TN - Fan   March 08, 2015

My very first episode of the A-Team was curtain call in 1984. i was 9 or ten then. Lance LeGault did a very Good Job with his acting career. He is highly appreciated.

Posted by Tamera M Causey - TN   March 07, 2015

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I just watched him in "The Man With Nine Lives" (Battlestar Galactica (Jan 1978)) last night which promted me to look him up today. He played Maga the leader of the Borellian Nomen.... and he was after Fred Astaire (who played a con man)! Although heavily made up, that voice of his was beyond question! He was great as Col. Buck Greene in Magnum. I think he brought a lot of his personal experiences into that character; life doesn't give you many easy choices. Not making choices still has consequences.

My simpathies to his family, friends and many fans.

Posted by Peter Lee - Toronto Ontario - Fan   April 02, 2013

Lance, I will always remember you as 'Col. Roderick Decker' from 'The A-Team', and Col. Buck Greene in 'Magnum', as well as 2 of your guest appearances in 'Knight Rider' and 'Renegade' w/ Lorenzo Lamas

Posted by Joe Leong - Anchorage, AK - Fan   February 12, 2013

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I live in the north of Germany and I just wanted to say, that fans like me in Germany still loving Lance and his work. I lost my father last year, so I know, how deep it hurts. My feelings are with the family and friends of Lance. Great actor, great voice, great man! Rest in peace
Natascha

Posted by Natascha Temmen - North Germany   December 23, 2012

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He put a little of Chillicothe on the silverscreen!

Posted by Diane Nave Mecikalski - Chillicothe, IL - a fan of his in Chilli & screen   October 27, 2012

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Many years before having children, my mom & dad were driving up the CA coast & spotted two whales heading north. They went out on a point and were thrilled to see them up close. Then they jumped into the car and drove further north to see them again. They stopped at a
sand dune. When they saw them coming mom said, Lance call out to them & see if they'll come in.

Sure enough dad & his big voice called out to them & one of them stopped, faced them right at the surf & dad talked to him like he would of talked to one of his horses or dogs. Then quite quickly the whale turned & the two continued up the coast. My dad was able to get the attention of that whale, his VOICE was able to get the attention of anyone, anywhere.

A few kids later, our family was at the beach & there was a bunch of dolphins swimming right beyond the surf. Again my mom said, Lance call them in like you did the whales. Well dad said,I don't know if I can call in dolphins whales are easy. My dad had one of the best voices in the business, "four octaves lower than God's". Try growing up with that.

Most of you knew my dad as the booming voice, the larger than life personality the consummate actor, singer, musician & voice over specialist. My father made a career out of being the tough guy, the Col. bad ass, & the hard talking villain, but personally my favorite role he ever played was Dad, he was a incredible father & role model to all who loved him.
I was fortunate enough to care for my dad the last 11 days of his life. I'd be lucky, to be half the person he was on the day he died. On that day, I sat next to him holding his hand & keeping him relaxed. The last thing I said to my father was You did good. And that he truly did.

I know the entertainment business has lost a little of its "personality" and style since his passing.

The Almighty GOD has called his voice HOME.
Dad you will be missed forever, I love you so much.

Posted by Mary LeGault - Los Angeles, CA - Daughter   October 09, 2012

My deepest sympathy to your dear family. Henry was a legend in our little town, Chillicothe, IL. He was my mom's step cousin (his step father Ron Traver mom was my mom's aunt ) and he went to high school with my brothers. We often saw Lance's brother at our Walker reunions and I attended high school with his half sister Cathy Traver. I always wanted to meet Lance but never had the pleasure. I send much love to your family and may you have peace in the dear memoies you have of him always.
Brenda

Posted by Brenda Martin Moss - San Diego, CA - 2nd Step Cousin   October 06, 2012

I was one of those who enjoyed watching Henry"Lance"in grade and high school sports because he was such a good player. I had the opportunity to interview him when he was back in town.
It was a thrill to put his photo up on the ceiling in the downtown theatre lobby where he attended while growing up.Local movie goers can look up to "our" star in the Optimist owned Town Theatre that gives it's profits to area youth groups.
I live in same complex with his dear sister Mary so we spend a lot of time reminiscing about the family and life in Chillicothe.
My sympathy goes to all his family.

Posted by Dianne Colwell - Chillicothe, IL - classmate, friend   September 17, 2012

We were sure sorry to hear of Henrys passing or as I called him Frenchie. The good thing is that he's probably playing football with Harley and the rest of his friends who have gone before him. He was one heck of a football player and an even better basketball player.

Posted by Troy & Dawn Childers - Chillicothe, IL - Friend   September 16, 2012


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As Col. Buck Greene, Magnum PI Season One - Episode: Missing in Action

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