Sheldon Leonard

Highest Rated: 100% Force of Evil (1948)
Birthday: Feb 22, 1907
Birthplace: Not Available
The archetypal side-of-the-mouth Runyonesque gangster, Sheldon Leonard's actual mean-streets experience was confined to travelling with a fairly benign teenaged gang in a New York suburb. In fact, if we are to believe his future business partner Danny Thomas, Leonard never met a bonafide gangster until Thomas introduced him to one in the mid-1950s! A graduate of Syracuse University, Leonard began his acting career on radio and the stage, appearing in such Broadway productions as Kiss the Boys Goodbye and Having Wonderful Time. Starting with 1939's Another Thin Man, Leonard made a good living as a movie mob boss, henchman, and all-around tough guy. He played a rare leading role (and a romantic lead, to boot) in PRC's Why Girls Leave Home (1944). Leonard was also a regular on radio's Jack Benny Program, playing a laconic racetrack tout. During the 1950s and 1960s, Leonard became a successful television producer, overseeing such sitcoms as The Danny Thomas Show, The Andy Griffith Show, The Dick Van Dyke Show and Gomer Pyle USMC. He also spearheaded I Spy, the first TV action series with an African American star (Bill Cosby). His television activities extended to the domain of Saturday morning cartoons, as the voice of animated character Linus the Lionhearted. Sheldon Leonard continued producing into the mid-1970s, renaming his production company Deezdemandoze, in honor of his patented gangster patois. Leonard passed away in his home at age 89.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
80% The Brink's Job J. Edgar Hoover 1978
No Score Yet Top Secret Executive Producer Carl Vitale 1978
63% Pocketful of Miracles Steve Darcey 1961
No Score Yet Danny Thomas Special: The Road to Lebanon Actor 1960
90% Guys and Dolls Harry the Horse 1955
No Score Yet Money from Home Jumbo 1953
No Score Yet Young Man with Ideas Brick Davis 1952
No Score Yet Breakdown Nick Sampson 1952
No Score Yet Here Come the Nelsons Duke 1952
No Score Yet Behave Yourself Bert 1951
No Score Yet Come Fill the Cup Lennie Garr 1951
80% Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Morgan 1951
No Score Yet My Dream Is Yours Grimes 1949
No Score Yet Shep Comes Home Swifty 1949
100% Force of Evil Ficco 1948
No Score Yet If You Knew Susie Steve Garland 1948
No Score Yet Open Secret Detective Sgt. Mike Frontelli 1948
No Score Yet The Gangster Comell 1947
No Score Yet Violence Fred Stalk 1947
80% Sinbad the Sailor Auctioneer 1947
No Score Yet The Fabulous Joe Actor 1947
93% It's a Wonderful Life Nick 1946
No Score Yet Decoy Sgt. Portugal 1946
No Score Yet The Last Crooked Mile Ed MacGuire 1946
89% Somewhere in the Night Sam 1946
No Score Yet Rainbow Over Texas Kirby Haynes 1946
No Score Yet Frontier Gal Blackie 1945
No Score Yet Why Girls Leave Home Chris Williams 1945
No Score Yet Shadow Of Terror Screenwriter 1945
No Score Yet Crime, Inc. Capt Ferrone 1945
100% Captain Kidd Boyle 1945
No Score Yet The Falcon in Hollywood Louie 1944
97% To Have and Have Not Lt. Coyo 1944
No Score Yet Gambler's Choice Chappie Wilson 1944
No Score Yet Uncertain Glory Henri Duval 1944
No Score Yet Timber Queen Smacksie Golden 1944
No Score Yet Zombies on Broadway Ace Miller 1944
No Score Yet Harvest Melody Chuck 1943
No Score Yet Passport to Suez Johnny Booth 1943
No Score Yet Hit the Ice `Silky Fellowsby' 1943
No Score Yet City Without Men Monk LaRue 1943
No Score Yet Tennessee Johnson Atzerodt 1942
No Score Yet Street of Chance Detective Joe Marucci 1942
No Score Yet Tortilla Flat Tito Ralph 1942
No Score Yet Two Mugs from Brooklyn Glorio 1942
No Score Yet Rise and Shine The Menace 1941
No Score Yet Week-End in Havana Boris 1941
No Score Yet Tall, Dark and Handsome Pretty Willie 1941
81% Another Thin Man Phil Church 1939
No Score Yet Ouanga Actor 1936

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
Sid Guest
  • 1990
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Bulldog Kowalski
  • 1990
No Score Yet The Facts of Life
1979-1988
Josef Polniaczek
  • 1987
No Score Yet The Cosby Show
1984-1992
Dr. Wexler
  • 1985
No Score Yet Sanford and Son
1972-1977
Davis
  • 1976
No Score Yet The Dick Van Dyke Show
1961-1966
Director Executive Producer Max
  • 1965
  • 1963
  • 1961
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Director Executive Producer
  • 1965
  • 1960
No Score Yet My Favorite Martian
1963-1966
Director
  • 1963
No Score Yet I Love Lucy
1951-1957
Harry Martin
  • 1953

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