David Leland

Highest Rated: 100% The Missionary (1982)
Lowest Rated: 20% Crossing the Line (1990)
Birthday: Oct 29, 1921
Birthplace: Not Available
There have been several David Lelands in the entertainment world. One was a child actor of the '40s who costarred with Laurel and Hardy in Nothing But Trouble (1945) before slipping into obscurity; another was a corpulent TV character actor of the '50s who earned a two-page spread in TV Guide by shedding some 150 pounds, the better to attain leading roles (he didn't). The David Leland dealt with here was a British actor/director/screenwriter, who forsook his family's electrician business to become a repertory actor at the Nottingham Playhouse. At London's Royal Court Theatre, Leland made a name for himself by wearing several production hats, including acting and writing. Leland could be seen acting in a number of films, among them Julius Caesar (1970) and Time Bandits (1981), and in BBC-TV's serialization of Last of the Mohicans in the mid '70s. From one of his own TV plays, Leland fashioned a film script and came up with his first significant cinema success, Mona Lisa (1986). This was followed by Personal Services (1987), a wry comedy about prostitution which served to solidify the screen reputation of actress Julie Walters. Leland received a British Academy Award for his first directorial effort, Wish You Were Here (1987), another exploration of misguided sexuality for which he also wrote the script and the lyrics to the songs. Leland briefly left London for Hollywood in 1989, where he helmed a somewhat wearisome study of the American obsession with death, Checking Out (1989). Back in the British isles, David Leland returned to form with Crossing the Line (1990) (aka The Big Man) which used the illicit world of bare-knuckled fighting to examine one man's sense of self-worth.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Checking Out Director 2010
No Score Yet Virgin Territory Screenwriter Director 2007
95% Great Performances Director $70.5K 2003
No Score Yet Concert for George Director 2003
No Score Yet The White River Kid Screenwriter 1999
61% The Land Girls Director Screenwriter 1998
No Score Yet When Saturday Comes Priest 1996
20% Crossing the Line Director 1990
20% Checking Out Director 1989
No Score Yet Personal Services Mr. Pilkington/Danielle Screenwriter 1987
83% Wish You Were Here (Too Much) Screenwriter Director 1987
97% Mona Lisa Screenwriter 1986
100% The Missionary Long-Haired Man 1982
No Score Yet Made in Britain Screenwriter 1982
89% Time Bandits Puppeteer 1981
No Score Yet Gawain and the Green Knight Humphrey 1973
50% The Pied Piper Officer 1972
No Score Yet The Last of the Mohicans Actor 1971
20% Scars of Dracula Officer 1970
No Score Yet Julius Caesar Plebian #5 1970
No Score Yet One Brief Summer Peter 1970
No Score Yet Nothing but Trouble King Christopher 1944


85% The Borgias
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No Score Yet Great Performances
  • 2004
94% Band of Brothers
  • 2001
No Score Yet Borgia


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