Leon "Leon" Robinson

Actor
A charismatic African-American actor of TV and film, Leon was billed as Leon Robinson when he made his professional debut on the "CBS Afternoon Playhouse" production "Journey to Survival" in 1981. He became a part of ... Read more »
Born: 03/08/1962 in Bronx, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (46)

Four Faces of God 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

37: A Final Promise 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Koehm (Actor)

And Then There Was You 2014 (Movie)

Joshua Gilbert (Actor)

Reed Between the Lines 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cover 2008 (Movie)

Ryan Chambers (Actor)

25 Strong! The BET Silver Anniversary Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Rich or Die Tryin' 2005 (Movie)

Slim (Actor)

3rd Annual BET Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Buffalo Soldiers 2003 (Movie)

Stoney (Actor)

Crossing Jordan 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Oz 1997 - 1998, 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

1st Annual BET Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Resurrection Blvd. 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bats 1999 (Movie)

Jimmy Sands (Actor)

Friends and Lovers 1999 (Movie)

Manny (Actor)

C-16 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1989 - 1990, 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Side Streets 1998 (Movie)

Errol Boyce (Actor)

B.A.P.S. 1997 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Once Upon a Time... When We Were Colored 1996 (Movie)

Uncle Melvin (Actor)

Spirit Lost 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Price of Kissing 1996 (Movie)

Larry (Actor)

Pure Danger 1995 (Movie)

Felix (Actor)

Waiting to Exhale 1995 (Movie)

Russell (Actor)

Above the Rim 1994 (Movie)

Shep (Actor)

Bad Attitude 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Cliffhanger 1993 (Movie)

Kynette (Actor)

Cool Runnings 1993 (Movie)

Derrice Bannock (Actor)

Magic Johnson's All-Star Slam 'N Jam 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Five Heartbeats 1991 (Movie)

JT (Actor)

Flying Blind 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Colors 1988 (Movie)

Killer-Bee (Actor)

The Lawless Land 1988 (Movie)

Road Kill (Actor)

Band of the Hand 1986 (Movie)

Moss (Actor)

Streetwalkin' 1985 (Movie)

Jason (Actor)

The Flamingo Kid 1984 (Movie)

Fortune Smith (Actor)

All the Right Moves 1983 (Movie)

Shadow (Actor)

Journey to Survival 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Little Richard (TV Show)

Actor

Mean Streak (TV Show)

Actor

Runaway Car (TV Show)

Actor

The Father Clements Story (TV Show)

Actor

The Temptations (TV Show)

Actor

The Women of Brewster Place (TV Show)

Actor
Production Management (4)

The 2012 Billboard Music Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Stage Manager

The 54th Annual Grammy Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Stage Manager

The 2011 Billboard Music Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Stage Manager

United Negro College Fund: An Evening of Stars 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Stage Manager
Producer (1)

Bad Attitude 1993 (Movie)

(Associate Producer)

Biography

A charismatic African-American actor of TV and film, Leon was billed as Leon Robinson when he made his professional debut on the "CBS Afternoon Playhouse" production "Journey to Survival" in 1981. He became a part of popular music history when he was cast as the martyred Southern black saint in Madonna's controversial 1989 music video "Like a Prayer". Leon first made an impression on movie audiences as the exuberant captain of the Jamaican bobsled team in "Cool Runnings" (1993).

Relationships

Cynthia Bailey

Companion

Leon Preston Robinson III

Father

Antoinette Robinson

Mother

Noelle Robinson

Daughter
born on November 9, 1999

Delia Robinson

Sister
older

Theresa Robinson

Sister
younger died in 1991 at age 26 of a rare immune disorder survived by her husband and two children

EDUCATION

Mount St. Michael

Bronx , New York

Loyola Marymount University

Los Angeles , California
Attended on a basketball scholarship

Orange Coast College

Newport Beach , California

Milestones

2000

Portrayed pioneering rock singer Little Richard in an NBC biopic "Little Richard"

1999

Featured in the thriller "Bats"

1997

Co-produced and starred in "The Price of Kissing"

1996

Played roguish womanizer in "Waiting to Exhale"

1993

Served as associate producer on the feature "Bad Attitude"; also starred

1993

First film in a leading role, "Cool Runnings"

1989

Appeared as the Saint in Madonna's video "Like a Prayer"

1989

Co-starred in the ABC miniseries "The Women of Brewster Place"

1987

Made episodic TV debut in "Hard Copy" (CBS)

1987

Changed name from Leon Robinson to Leon

1983

Feature acting debut, "All the Right Moves"

1981

Made TV acting debut, "Journey to Survival", a "CBS Afternoon Playhouse" production

Bonus Trivia

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Robinson began billing himself as Leon in 1987. About this name usage he told People (April 11, 1994): "Less formal. I'm terrible at remembering names. So don't give me more than one name to remember. I'm a casual person who wants others to know me on a first-name basis."

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"In a perfect world, I would love for my roles to be bigger than me. I would love to be identified by the roles I've played as opposed to me, the personality. I've seen people who start out as very good actors and now are no more than celebrities - their image has become more important than the roles they play." - Leon quoted in The Los Angeles Times, March 24, 1994

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