Sheldon Leonard

Birthday:
02/22/1907
Place of birth:
Manhattan, New York, USA:
Biography:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sheldon Leonard Bershad (February 22, 1907 – January 11, 1997) was an American film and television actor, producer, director, and writer. Sheldon Leonard Bershad was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of middle class Jewish parents Anna Levit and Frank Bershad. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1929. As an actor, Leonard specialized in playing supporting characters, especially gangsters or "heavies", in films such as It's a Wonderful Life (1946; as bartender Nick), To Have and Have Not (1944), Guys and Dolls (1955), and Open Secret (1948). His trademark was his especially thick New York accent, usually delivered from the side of his mouth. In Decoy (1946), Leonard uses his "heavy" persona to create the hard-boiled police detective Joe Portugal. On radio from 1945 to 1955, Leonard played an eccentric racetrack tout on The Jack Benny Program and later in the TV series of the same name. His role was to salute Benny out of the blue in railroad stations, on street corners, or in department stores ("Hey Bud. C'mere a minute."), ask Benny what he was about to do, and then proceed to try to argue him out of his course of action by resorting to inane and irrelevant racing logic. As "The Tout," he never gave out information on horse racing, unless Jack demanded it. One excuse the tout gave was, "Who knows about horses?" Leonard was part of the cast of voice actors on the Damon Runyon Theatre radio show (1948-1949). He was part of the ensemble cast of the Martin and Lewis radio show. He also appeared frequently on The Adventures of the Saint, often playing gangsters and heavies, but also sometimes in more positive roles. Leonard was also a regular on the radio comedy series The Adventures of Maisie in the 1940s. During the 1950s, Leonard provided the voice of lazy fat cat Dodsworth in two Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoons directed by Robert McKimson. In the adventure movie The Iroquois Trail (1950), Leonard played against type in the significant role of Chief Ogane, a Native American warrior, who pursues and fights the frontiersman Nat "Hawkeye" Cutler (George Montgomery) in a climactic duel to the death with knives. Later in the 1950s and 1960s, he established a reputation as a producer of successful television series, including The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room For Daddy) (1953–64), The Andy Griffith Show (1960–68), Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (1964–69), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66), and I Spy (1965–68). He also directed several TV series episodes, including four of the first eight episodes of the TV series Lassie (Season 1, 1954). Leonard also provided the voice of Linus the Lionhearted in a series of Post Crispy Critters cereal TV commercials in 1963-64, which led to a Linus cartoon series that aired on Saturday (and later, Sunday) mornings on CBS (1964–66) and ABC (1967–69). He also was briefly the star of his own television show Big Eddie (1975), where he played the owner of a large sports arena. The show lasted for only ten episodes.

Credits

Color Adjustment (1992)
as Himself
The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life' (1990)
as Self
James Stewart's Wonderful Life (1988)
as (archive footage)
The Brink's Job (1978)
as J. Edgar Hoover
Top Secret (1978)
as Carl Vitale
Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
as Steve Darcey
Screen Directors Playhouse: It's Always Sunday (1956)
as George
Guys and Dolls (1955)
as Harry the Horse
Money from Home (1953)
as Jumbo Schneider
The Diamond Queen (1953)
as Mogul
A Peck o' Trouble (1953)
as Dodsworth (voice)
Stop, You're Killing Me (1952)
as Lefty
Breakdown (1952)
as Nick Sampson
Young Man with Ideas (1952)
as Rodwell 'Brick' Davis
Kiddin' the Kitten (1952)
as Dodsworth
Here Come the Nelsons (1952)
as Duke
Come Fill The Cup (1951)
as Lennie Garr
Behave Yourself! (1951)
as Shortwave Bert
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
as Boots Morgan
The Iroquois Trail (1950)
as Chief Ogane
Take One False Step (1949)
as Detective Pacciano
My Dream Is Yours (1949)
as Grimes
Daughter of the Jungle (1949)
as Dalton Kraik
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All (1948)
as Hermon
Jinx Money (1948)
as Lippy Harris
Madonna of the Desert (1948)
as Nick Julian
Open Secret (1948)
as Detective Sgt. Mike Frontelli
If You Knew Susie (1948)
as Steve Garland
Alias a Gentleman (1948)
as Harry Bealer
The Gangster (1947)
as Cornell
Violence (1947)
as Fred Stalk
Sinbad the Sailor (1947)
as Auctioneer
It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
as Nick
Decoy (1946)
as Sergeant Joe Portugal
The Last Crooked Mile (1946)
as Ed 'Wires' MacGuire
Bowery Bombshell (1946)
as Ace Deuce Baker
Somewhere in the Night (1946)
as Sam
Her Kind of Man (1946)
as Felix Bender
Rainbow Over Texas (1946)
as Kirby Haynes
The Gentleman Misbehaves (1946)
as Trigger Stazzi
Frontier Gal (1945)
as 'Blackie' Shoulders
Captain Kidd (1945)
as Cyprian Boyle
Why Girls Leave Home (1945)
as Chris Williams
River Gang (1945)
as Peg Leg
Radio Stars on Parade (1945)
as Lucky Maddox
Zombies on Broadway (1945)
as Ace Miller
Crime, Inc. (1945)
as Capt. Ferrone
The Falcon in Hollywood (1944)
as Louie Buchanan
To Have and Have Not (1944)
as Lt. Coyo
Gambler's Choice (1944)
as Chappie Wilson
Trocadero (1944)
as Mickey Jones
Uncertain Glory (1944)
as Henri Duval
Timber Queen (1944)
as Smacksie Golden
Klondike Kate (1943)
as 'Sometime' Smith
Harvest Melody (1943)
as Chuck
Passport to Suez (1943)
as Johnny Booth
Hit the Ice (1943)
as Harry 'Silky' Fellowsby
Taxi, Mister (1943)
as Gangster Louis Glorio / The Frisco Ghost
City Without Men (1943)
as Monk LaRue
Lucky Jordan (1942)
as Slip Moran
Street of Chance (1942)
as Detective Joe Marruci
Pierre of the Plains (1942)
as Clairou
Tortilla Flat (1942)
as Tito Ralph
Born to Sing (1942)
as Pete Detroit
Rise and Shine (1941)
as Menace
Week-End in Havana (1941)
as Boris
Married Bachelor (1941)
as Johnny Brannigan
Buy Me That Town (1941)
as Chink Moran
Tall, Dark and Handsome (1941)
as Pretty Willie Williams
Another Thin Man (1939)
as Phil Church
Ouanga (1935)
as LeStrange, the Overseer
The Gem of the Ocean (1934)
as Pasha
My Mummy's Arms (1934)
as Abdullah
Top Secret
Executive Producer
Shadow Of Terror
Story

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