Sheldon Leonard

Sheldon Leonard

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.
    Known for
    Acting
    Place of birth
    Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA
    Birthday
    2/22/1907
Pocketful of Miracles
Pocketful of Miracles
7.3
It's a Wonderful Life
It's a Wonderful Life
8.3
Decoy
Decoy
5.9
Guys and Dolls
Guys and Dolls
6.6
Zombies on Broadway
Zombies on Broadway
5.1
Take One False Step
Take One False Step
5.4
To Have and Have Not
To Have and Have Not
7.5
My Dream Is Yours
My Dream Is Yours
6.4
The Brink's Job
The Brink's Job
6
The Gangster
The Gangster
4.7
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man
6.4
Hit the Ice
Hit the Ice
5.9
Crime, Inc.
Crime, Inc.
4.2
Street of Chance
Street of Chance
5.3
Another Thin Man
Another Thin Man
7.2
Violence
Violence
5.2
Sinbad the Sailor
Sinbad the Sailor
5.9
The Falcon in Hollywood
The Falcon in Hollywood
6
Her Kind of Man
Her Kind of Man
5.8
Week-End in Havana
Week-End in Havana
6.6
Rise and Shine
Rise and Shine
6
Open Secret
Open Secret
6.5
The Last Crooked Mile
The Last Crooked Mile
4.7
Radio Stars on Parade
Radio Stars on Parade
0
Jinx Money
Jinx Money
4.7
Tall, Dark and Handsome
Tall, Dark and Handsome
5.4
Stop, You're Killing Me
Stop, You're Killing Me
0
Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat
5.4
The Gem of the Ocean
0
Passport to Suez
Passport to Suez
5.7
Rainbow Over Texas
Rainbow Over Texas
4
Young Man with Ideas
Young Man with Ideas
4.5
Lucky Jordan
Lucky Jordan
6
Breakdown
Breakdown
6
Kiddin' the Kitten
Kiddin' the Kitten
6.1
Frontier Gal
Frontier Gal
4.4
A Peck O' Trouble
A Peck O' Trouble
5.4
Taxi, Mister
Taxi, Mister
3
The Diamond Queen
The Diamond Queen
0
Behave Yourself!
Behave Yourself!
6
Why Girls Leave Home
Why Girls Leave Home
5
Here Come the Nelsons
Here Come the Nelsons
6
Somewhere in the Night
Somewhere in the Night
6.7
Trocadero
Trocadero
5.4
Married Bachelor
Married Bachelor
5.8
Top Secret
Top Secret
0
If You Knew Susie
If You Knew Susie
7.5
Gambler's Choice
Gambler's Choice
6
My Mummy's Arms
My Mummy's Arms
0
Timber Queen
Timber Queen
5.7
Alias a Gentleman
Alias a Gentleman
6.5
Daughter of the Jungle
Daughter of the Jungle
4.3
Money from Home
Money from Home
5.7
City Without Men
City Without Men
5
The Iroquois Trail
The Iroquois Trail
5.8
Born to Sing
Born to Sing
5
Ouanga
Ouanga
5
Uncertain Glory
Uncertain Glory
6.6
Bowery Bombshell
Bowery Bombshell
6
Madonna of the Desert
Madonna of the Desert
6
Buy Me That Town
Buy Me That Town
6
Klondike Kate
Klondike Kate
5.7
Pierre of the Plains
Pierre of the Plains
4.2
Come Fill the Cup
Come Fill the Cup
7
Harvest Melody
Harvest Melody
4
Captain Kidd
Captain Kidd
6
Color Adjustment
Color Adjustment
6.9
River Gang
River Gang
0
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All
Joe Palooka in Winner Take All
6
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life
James Stewart: A Wonderful Life
6
The Gentleman Misbehaves
The Gentleman Misbehaves
0
The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life'
The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life'
6
The Fabulous Joe
The Fabulous Joe
5.8
Shep Comes Home
Shep Comes Home
6
Sock a Doodle Do
Sock a Doodle Do
6.3
The Islander
The Islander
0
Private Nurse
Private Nurse
0
Sheldon Leonard's Wonderful Life
Sheldon Leonard's Wonderful Life
10
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