Len Lesser

Blessed with a craggy face, a New York accent and a talent for both drama and comedy, Len Lesser was a busy character actor who essayed numerous tough guys, thugs and oddballs in a richly varied career in film and on ... Read more »
Born: 12/03/1922 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (51)

Castle 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Unbeatable Harold 2009 (Movie)

Walter (Actor)

'Til Death 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cold Case 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

ER 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Baadasssss! 2004 (Movie)

Manny & Mort Goldberg (Actor)

Everybody Loves Raymond 1999 - 2000, 2002 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rock Me Baby 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Caroline in the City 1995 - 1998, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Son of the Beach 1996 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

The John Larroquette Show 1995 - 1997, 2001 - 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Secret Diary of Desmond Pfeiffer 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

True Friends 1998 (Movie)

Mr Slotnick (Actor)

Life With Roger 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Mad About You 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Seinfeld 1991, 1994 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Platypus Man 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Spy 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Ain't No Way Back 1989 (Movie)

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Grandma's House 1988 (Movie)

Grandfather (Actor)

duBEAT-e-o 1983 (Movie)

Hendricks (Actor)

Take This Job and Shove It 1981 (Movie)

Roach (Actor)

Death Hunt 1980 (Movie)

Lewis (Actor)

All in the Family 1970 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

The Main Event 1979 (Movie)

Big Bear Trainer (Actor)

House Calls 1978 (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

Spider-Man 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Ruby 1977 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

Moonshine County Express 1976 (Movie)

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Super Van 1975 (Movie)

Banks (Actor)

Papillon 1973 (Movie)

Guard (Actor)

Blood and Lace 1970 (Movie)

Tom Kredge (Actor)

Kelly's Heroes 1970 (Movie)

Bellamy (Actor)

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

Fireball 500 1966 (Movie)

Man in garage (Actor)

How to Stuff a Wild Bikini 1965 (Movie)

North Dakota Pete (Actor)

Birdman of Alcatraz 1962 (Movie)

Burns (Actor)

Charlie Angelo 1961 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1960 (Movie)

Waiter (Actor)

Crime and Punishment 1958 (Movie)

Desk Officer (Actor)

Some Came Running 1958 (Movie)

Dealer (Actor)

Shack Out on 101 1955 (Movie)

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It's Good to Be Alive (TV Show)

Actor

Mob Boss (TV Show)

Actor

Reunited (TV Show)

Actor

Someone's Watching Me! (TV Show)

Actor

Spies (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Ripoff (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Blessed with a craggy face, a New York accent and a talent for both drama and comedy, Len Lesser was a busy character actor who essayed numerous tough guys, thugs and oddballs in a richly varied career in film and on stage and television that lasted over five decades. He received his showbiz start during the era of 1950s live television before graduating to feature films like "The Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962). His onscreen versatility led to larger roles in 1970s classic features like "Kelly's Heroes" (1970) and "The Outlaw Josey Wales" (1976), but he was perhaps best remembered as Jerry Seinfeld's bizarre Uncle Leo on several seasons of "Seinfeld" (NBC, 1989-1998). Apart from a financial windfall earned through syndication, Lesser's role secured him wider exposure and more work as he entered his seventh and even eighth decades, and unquestionably raised the degree of respect afforded to a character actor of his pedigree.

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York, New York 1942

Milestones

2002

Portrayed millionaire Nick Pappasmearos Jr. on "Son of the Beach" (FX)

1996

Played the recurring role of Garvin, friend of Peter Boyle's Frank Barone on "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS)

1991

Had a memorable role as Uncle Leo on the sitcom "Seinfeld" (NBC)

1981

Had a small part in "Take this Job and Shove It"

1976

Again played opposite Clint Eastwood in "The Outlaw Josey Wales"

1973

Cast opposite Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman in "Papillion"

1969

Played a platoon sergeant in the Clint Eastwood comedy "Kelly's Heroes"

1965

Had a recurring role as KAOS agent Luden on "Get Smart" (NBC)

1962

Appeared in "The Birdman of Alcatraz"

1955

Made his feature film debut in "Shack Out on 101"

1954

Moved to Los Angeles and began working in television and commercials

Appeared in various stage productions before serving in the Army during World War II

Studied acting in New York City after the war

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