Phil Leeds

Actor, Comedian, Peanut vendor
Durable character actor Phil Leeds began his career as a stand-up comedian and went on to appear in dozens of films, television programs and stage productions throughout his 60 years in show business. With a face that ... Read more »
Born: 04/05/1916 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (59)

Ally 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Ally McBeal 1989 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Civil Wars 1989 - 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Boy Meets World 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Coach 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dave's World 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Ellen 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Empty Nest 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Everybody Loves Raymond 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fired Up 1991 - 1993, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Krippendorf's Tribe 1998 (Movie)

Dr Harvey (Actor)

Love & War 1991 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Suddenly Susan 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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The Closer 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Veronica's Closet 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Wings 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Caroline in the City 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Down the Shore 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Mad About You 1991 - 1993, 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

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Friends 1996 (Tv Show)

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Local Heroes 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Misery Loves Company 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Roseanne 1993, 1996 (Tv Show)

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Two Much 1996 (Movie)

Lincoln Brigade Member (Actor)

Double Rush 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

ER 1995 (Tv Show)

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Clean Slate 1994 (Movie)

Landlord (Actor)

Phenom 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Second Half 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

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The Jackie Thomas Show 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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The Powers That Be 1992 - 1993 (Tv Show)

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All I Want For Christmas 1991 (Movie)

Mr Feld--Pet Store Owner (Actor)

Frankie and Johnny 1991 (Movie)

Mr DeLeon (Actor)

He Said, She Said 1991 (Movie)

Mr Spepk (Actor)

Soapdish 1991 (Movie)

Old Man (Actor)

Cat Chaser 1990 (Movie)

Jerry Shea (Actor)

Ghost 1990 (Movie)

Emergency Room Ghost (Actor)

Enemies, A Love Story 1989 (Movie)

Pesheles (Actor)

Beaches 1988 (Movie)

Sammy Pinkers (Actor)

Saturday the 14th Strikes Back 1988 (Movie)

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Wings 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

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Barney Miller 1974 - 1982 (TV Show)

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History of the World Part I 1981 (Movie)

Chief Monk (Actor)

Good Time Harry 1979 - 1980 (TV Show)

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Featherstone's Nest 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

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Hereafter 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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Ivan the Terrible 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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The Bureau 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

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What's Up, America? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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What's Up? 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

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Don't Drink the Water 1969 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Rosemary's Baby 1968 (Movie)

Dr Shand (Actor)

Front Row Center 1948 - 1950 (TV Show)

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Dream On (TV Show)

Actor

Ink (TV Show)

Actor

Murder By Natural Causes (TV Show)

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Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

Actor

You Wish (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Durable character actor Phil Leeds began his career as a stand-up comedian and went on to appear in dozens of films, television programs and stage productions throughout his 60 years in show business. With a face that was far more memorable than his name, he was a familiar presence on TV, racking up numerous guest appearances in his later years. Leeds was raised in the Bronx, NY and worked as a peanut vendor in nearby Yankee Stadium and Manhattan's Polo Grounds. The comedian started a stand-up career in his early twenties, and soon made his Broadway debut in 1942 opposite Betty Garrett in the musical "Of V We Sing" before going off to serve in the US Army Special Services during World War II. While stationed in the Pacific, Leeds continued to hone his craft, entertaining the troops. He resumed stand up upon his return to New York, opening for the likes of Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Harry Belafonte, and Barbra Streisand through the 1950s and 1960s while continuing to work on Broadway. Among his better known stage appearances were those opposite Peter Ustinov in "Romanoff and Juliet" (1958) and Robert Preston in "Nobody Loves an Albatross" (1963). Other theatrical credits include a successful 1973 San Francisco production of "The Sunshine Boys" co-starring Jose Ferrer. and the tour of the New York Shakespeare Festival musical "Two Gentleman of Verona". Settling in Los Angeles in the early 1970s, Leeds found regular work in films and on TV. He had already played Dr. Shand in 1968's creepy "Rosemary's Baby" and went on to be cast as the Chief Monk in Mel Brooks' "The History of the World Part I" (1981) before making several scene stealing appearances in features like "Beaches" (1988), "Enemies, A Love Story" (1989), "Ghost" (1990), "Frankie and Johnny" and "Soapdish" (both 1991).

In 1949, Leeds began his considerable television career as a regular on "Front Row Center", a musical revue program presented on the DuMont network featuring guests from Broadway theater productions. He guested on CBS' "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in 1962, appeared in "All in the Family" and did several episodes of ABC's police comedy "Barney Miller" throughout its eight season run. More recently, Leeds was a regular on the 1995 CBS series "Double Rush", playing 'The Kid', a crafty elderly messenger in Manhattan who made up for his lack of speed with his knowledge of all the city's shortcuts. The busy actor had a recurring role on the short lived NBC comedy "Singer & Sons" (1990), but was probably best known for his guest spots on more successful comedies, his stable of off-beat characters including over the hill comedians, wacky neighbors and certifiable judges. He played these and many other types on nearly every well-known sitcom from "Dream On" and "The Larry Sanders Show" to "Night Court" and "Mad About You", "Roseanne" and "Coach" to repeat appearances on "The Closer" and "Dave's World". The actor proved adept at dramatic work as well as evidenced by his guest stints on "ER, "Nothing Sacred" and "Civil Wars". One of his last recurring roles was as especially trying jurist in episodes of "Ally McBeal". In May 1998, just months before his death in August, Leeds guest starred in four shows that aired on the same night: the season finales of "Everybody Loves Raymond" (CBS) and "Ally McBeal" (Fox) and the series finales of "Murphy Brown" (CBS) and "Ellen" (ABC).

Relationships

Toby Leeds

Wife
died on January 5, 1988

EDUCATION

City College of New York

New York , New York

Milestones

1998

Racked up appearances in the season finale episodes of four different series in the same night

1995

Was a regular on the short-lived series "Double Rush", playing an elderly messenger

1991

Played small roles in the film comedies "Soapdish", "He Said, She Said", "Frankie and Johnny" and "All I Want for Christmas"

1990

Played an emergency room ghost in the hit film "Ghost"

1990

Had recurring role on the short-lived NBC comedy "Singer and Sons"

1989

Appeared in the post-war romantic comedy/drama "Enemies, A Love Story"

1988

Played Atlantic City showbiz type Sammy Pinkers in the 1960s portion of "Beaches", starring Bette Midler and Barbara Hershey

1981

Appeared as Chief Monk in the Mel Brooks comedy "History of the World Part I"

1973

Acted with Jose Ferrer in a San Francisco production of Neil Simon's "The Sunshine Boys" and played Launce in The New York Shakespeare Festival's touring production of Joseph Papp's "Two Gentleman of Verona"

1968

Appeared in the popular supernatural film "Rosemary's Baby"

1963

Starred on Broadway with Robert Preston in "Nobody Loves an Albatross"

1962

Guested on "The Dick Van Dyke Show" (CBS)

1958

Starred on Broadway in "Romanoff and Juliet" with Peter Ustinov

1949

Was a regular on "Front Row Center", a musical revue program presented on TV's DuMont network featuring guests from Broadway theater productions

1942

Served in the US Army Special Services during World War II; became sergeant

1941

Made Broadway debut in "Of V We Sing" opposite Betty Garrett

Throughout the 1970s to 1990s, appeared as a guest star in dozens of television shows

Performed as a stand-up comedian, appearing with acts including Harry Belafonte, Barbra Streisand and Mike Nichols and Elaine May

Worked as a peanut vendor in New York's Yankee Stadium and Polo Grounds

Played recurring role as a judge on "Ally McBeal"

Started as a stand-up comic in his early twenties

Raised in the Bronx, New York

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