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Sheldon Leonard

Highest Rated:   100% Force of Evil (1948)
Lowest Rated:   63% Pocketful of Miracles (1961)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
89% Somewhere in the Night
  • Sam
2003
No Score Yet The Brink's Job
  • J. Edgar Hoover
1978
No Score Yet Top Secret
  • Carl Vitale
  • Executive Producer
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
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
94% It's a Wonderful Life
  • Nick
1946
No Score Yet Decoy
  • Sgt. Portugal
1946
No Score Yet The Last Crooked Mile
  • Ed MacGuire
1946
No Score Yet Rainbow Over Texas
  • Kirby Haynes
1946
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 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
81% Another Thin Man
  • Phil Church
1939
No Score Yet Ouanga
  • Actor
1936

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Cheers
1982-1993
  • Guest
The Facts of Life
1979-1988
  • Josef Polniaczek

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