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'L.A. Law': Where are they now?

Updated 2217 GMT (0617 HKT) April 9, 2015
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Richard Dysart, who died Sunday, April 5, played Leland McKenzie, one of the namesake partners of the McKenzie Brackman law firm, on "L.A. Law." Before the show, he had supporting roles in films such as "The Hospital," "The Day of the Locust" and "Being There," as well as many TV guest spots. Charles Bush/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
After the show's run ended, Dysart, 84, took few roles -- indeed, perhaps his most noted performance came in the 2002 "L.A. Law" reunion movie. Here's what the rest of the cast has been up to: Eike Schroter/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
At the show's start in 1986, perhaps the most visible actor was Harry Hamlin, who played Michael Kuzak. He was even People's Sexiest Man Alive in 1987. Charles Bush/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Hamlin left the show in 1991. His credits include the TV series "Ink," "Veronica Mars," "Mad Men" and "Shameless." He and his wife, Lisa Rinna, have been married since 1997 and starred in a TVLand series together. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images
Susan Dey first became famous as a teenager on "The Partridge Family." More than a decade later, "L.A. Law" helped her break free from Lori Partridge as Grace Van Owen, who worked for the D.A.'s office. Charles Bush/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Dey left "L.A. Law" in 1992 and went on to guest on several TV series, most recently on a 2004 episode of "Third Watch." She's seen here with her husband, producer Bernard Sofronski. Amy Graves/WireImage
Jimmy Smits played Victor Sifuentes, an idealistic Hispanic attorney at McKenzie Brackman. Smits was on "L.A. Law" from its debut in 1986 until 1992. NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Smits has been extremely active since leaving "L.A. Law." He followed that show up with another high-profile Steven Bochco show, "NYPD Blue," in which he played Bobby Simone. He played Matthew Santos on "The West Wing," becoming President in the final episode. He's currently on "Sons of Anarchy," as Nero Padilla. And he was also in two "Star Wars" movies. Kris Connor/Getty Images
Blair Underwood played attorney Jonathan Rollins joined the cast of "L.A. Law" in the second season. Before that show came along, he had a major role in a series, "Downtown," as well as small parts in "The Cosby Show" and "21 Jump Street." Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Underwood's also been extremely active since leaving the show. His movies include "Set It Off," "Deep Impact" and "Gattaca," and he was one of Cynthia Nixon's boyfriends on "Sex and the City." He also led the cast in the reboot of "Ironside" in 2013. John Sciulli/Getty Images for Gillette
Before he got the part as Douglas Brackman Jr. in "L.A. Law," Alan Rachins had spent most of the previous decade as a writer for such shows as "The Fall Guy," "Knight Rider" and "Hart to Hart." The actor played Brackman, frequently a figure of fun, for "L.A. Law's" entire run. Charles Bush/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
After "L.A. Law," Rachins did a 180 from the buttoned-down Brackman, starring as Dharma's hippie dad Larry on "Dharma and Greg." He's appeared in several TV movies and series, including recent spots on "Happy Endings" (seen here, with Caroline Aaron), "Rizzoli & Isles" and "The Crazy Ones." Bruce Birmelin/ABC via Getty Images
Michele Greene played the young -- and sometimes naive -- attorney Abby Perkins on "L.A. Law." Perhaps her most famous moment came in 1991 when she shared, with Amanda Donohoe, what may have been prime-time TV's first lesbian kiss. She left the show in 1991. Charles Bush/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Greene has continued acting -- she's had guest spots on TV shows including "CSI," "Six Feet Under," "The Unit" and "Bones" -- but her focus has also turned to music and writing. She's released two Latin music albums and a book for young adult readers. John M. Heller/Getty Images
Corbin Bernsen played "L.A. Law's" sometimes conniving divorce attorney Arnie Becker for the entire run of the show. While "L.A. Law" was on the air, he also starred in the sports movie comedy "Major League" as infielder Roger Dorn. Charles Bush/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Bernsen spent several years playing Henry Spencer on "Psych." His roles also include spots on "JAG," "Nash Bridges" and "Criminal Minds" -- not to mention runs on "The Young and the Restless" and "General Hospital." Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images
Michael Tucker, who played attorney Stuart Markowitz, got to appear opposite his real-life wife, Jill Eikenberry, on "L.A. Law." In 1987, a year after the show debuted, he had notable roles in the movies "Tin Men" and "Radio Days." Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Tucker has continued acting, but he's also been an energetic cook and author. He's written a novel, three books about food and maintains a blog, "Notes from the Culinary Wasteland." Bobby Bank/WireImage/GETTY IMAGES
Tucker's wife, Jill Eikenberry, played Ann Kelsey on "L.A. Law." (Colleague Alan Rachins calls the pair the "TuckerBerrys.") The two were involved in a famous "Law" storyline involving the "Venus Buttterfly," a sexual technique that helped Markowitz win Kelsey's heart. Charles Bush/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Eikenberry has kept a more active acting career than her husband. She was in the film "Young Adult" and appeared in the TV shows "Law & Order," "Numb3rs" and "Judging Amy." John Lamparski/Getty Images
Susan Ruttan played Arnie Becker's long-suffering secretary, Roxanne Melman, on "L.A. Law." For 22 episodes, her husband was played by Dann Florek, later of "Law & Order" and its spinoff, "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit." NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
Since the show's run, Ruttan has worked steadily. The actress has guested on "Grey's Anatomy," "Boston Legal," "CSI: NY," "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gilmore Girls." Valerie Macon/Getty Images
Alan Rachins observes that many people asked if Larry Drake, who played the developmentally disabled messenger Benny Stulwicz, was actually developmentally disabled himself. He's not, but was so convincing he won two Emmys for his performance. Gary Null/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images
During "Law's" run, Drake received raves for his performance as the villainous Robert Durant in Sam Raimi's 1990 film "Darkman." Since the show, Drake has had a number of guest roles on TV shows. He's also provided the voice for "Star Wars" character Kazdan Paratus in two video games. Frank Micelotta/ImageDirect/GETTY IMAGES