Peter Leeds

Actor, Comedian, Voice actor
In a career spanning over 45 years, actor Peter Leeds made upwards of 8,000 television appearances, frequently as a straight man opposite comedy stars such as Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and Johnny Carson. Born in Bayonne ... Read more »
Born: 05/30/1917 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (34)

Bob Hope & Friends: Making New Memories 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope Lampoons Show Business 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

NBC Investigates Bob Hope 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Dragnet 1987 (Movie)

Roy Grest (Actor)

The New Jetsons 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Voice

The Great Ringtail Garbage Caper 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Voice

Senior Trip! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Hong Kong Phooey 1974 - 1978 (TV Show)

Voice

The Bob Hope Show (10/05/72) 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat 1973 (Movie)

Juan / Various Characters (Voice)

With Six You Get Eggroll 1968 (Movie)

Police Officer Joelson (Actor)

Eight on the Lam 1966 (Movie)

Marty (Actor)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

Director of '30s (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (01/16/63) 1962 - 1963 (TV Show)

Actor

Pete and Gladys 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

Please Don't Eat the Daisies 1960 (Movie)

Larry's Secretary (Actor)

The Facts of Life 1960 (Movie)

Thompson (Actor)

The Untouchables 1958 - 1959 (TV Show)

Actor

Girls' Town 1958 (Movie)

Michael Clyde (Actor)

The 30-Foot Bride of Candy Rock 1958 (Movie)

Bill Burton (Actor)

The Betty White Show 1957 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss Them For Me 1957 (Movie)

Reporter (Actor)

Tea and Sympathy 1956 (Movie)

Headmaster at Bonfire (Actor)

I'll Cry Tomorrow 1955 (Movie)

Richard (Actor)

Interrupted Melody 1955 (Movie)

Dr Ed Ryson (Actor)

It's Always Fair Weather 1955 (Movie)

Mr Trasker (Actor)

Love Me or Leave Me 1955 (Movie)

Fred Taylor (Actor)

Six Bridges to Cross 1955 (Movie)

Harris (Actor)

The Bob Hope Show (01/09/55) 1954 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Tight Spot 1955 (Movie)

Fred Packer (Actor)

The Atomic Kid 1954 (Movie)

Bill (Actor)

The Last Time I Saw Paris 1954 (Movie)

Barney (Actor)

The Long, Long Trailer 1954 (Movie)

Garage Manager (Actor)

Chocolate Fever (TV Show)

Voice

Biography

In a career spanning over 45 years, actor Peter Leeds made upwards of 8,000 television appearances, frequently as a straight man opposite comedy stars such as Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, and Johnny Carson. Born in Bayonne, New Jersey, he trained with the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York City before performing on Broadway in shows such as "My Heart's in the Highlands." His feature debut came in 1941 in "Public Enemies," followed by a decade of small supporting parts, often going uncredited. He next saw roles in higher-profile fare, including "The Last Time I Saw Paris" with Elizabeth Taylor and the musical biopic about torch singer Ruth Etting, featuring Doris Day and James Cagney, "Love Me or Leave Me." After sharing the screen with Bob Hope in 1954, he joined the renowned comedian and actor in other shows and on 14 United StatesO. tours through 1991. In his television heyday of the '50s and '60s, he usually played guest spots with a couple of recurring-role exceptions, on the Robert Culp Western "Trackdown" and the "December Bride" sitcom spinoff, "Pete and Gladys." A veteran of radio with over 3,000 shows to his name, he also lent his voice to animated series such as "The Jetsons" and "Challenge of the GoBots." Giving back to the business, Leeds served as president of the Los Angeles chapter of the actors union A.F.T.R.A. and held a spot on the board of governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Relationships

Pat Leeds

Wife
married for 34 years survived him

Samantha Leeds

Granddaughter
survived him

EDUCATION

The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York, New York
spotted by the Group Theater of New York through which he received a scholarship; graduated

John Marshall Law School

Chicago, Illinois
received scholarship; attended one year

Milestones

1954

Worked with Bob Hope on his TV specials; accompanied him on 14 international USO tours during the Vietnam War

1935

Made first record

Bonus Trivia

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Received AFTRA highest honor the Gold Card in 1992

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