Sheldon Leonard

Producer, Actor, Director
This stage and film character player who specialized in Brooklynesque hoods and heavies, both serious and comic, in the 1940s and 50s (including "Harry the Horse" in the 1955 film of "Guys and Dolls") turned innovative ... Read more »
Born: 02/22/1907 in New York City, New York, USA

Filmography

Actor (53)

The 9th Annual Television Academy Hall of Fame 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Performer

The Dick Van Dyke Show Remembered 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The Andy Griffith Show Reunion 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Color Adjustment 1992 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Make Room For Daddy 1953 - 1964, 1969 - 1971, 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Dick Van Dyke Show 1953 - 1966, 1969 - 1971, 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

50 Years of Action! 1985 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

The Cosby Show 1985 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Brink's Job 1978 (Movie)

J Edgar Hoover (Actor)

Top Secret 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Eddie 1974 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Big Eddie 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Linus the Lionhearted 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)

Voice

The Bill Cosby Special 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Actor

A Pocketful of Miracles 1961 (Movie)

Steve Darcey (Actor)

Guys and Dolls 1955 (Movie)

Harry the Horse (Actor)

The Duke 1953 - 1955 (TV Show)

Actor

Money From Home 1953 (Movie)

Jumbo Schneider (Actor)

Here Come the Nelsons 1952 (Movie)

Duke (Actor)

Force of Evil 1948 (Movie)

Ficco (Actor)

Sinbad the Sailor 1947 (Movie)

Auctioneer (Actor)

It's a Wonderful Life 1946 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

To Have and Have Not 1944 (Movie)

Lieutenant Coyo (Actor)

Tall, Dark and Handsome 1940 (Movie)

Pretty Willie Williams (Actor)

Another Thin Man (Movie)

Phil Church (Actor)

Behave Yourself! (Movie)

Bert (Actor)

Born to Sing (Movie)

Pete Detroit (Actor)

Captain Kidd (Movie)

Cyprian Boyle (Actor)

City without Men (Movie)

Monk LaRue (Actor)

Come Fill the Cup (Movie)

Lennie Garr (Actor)

Decoy (Movie)

Sgt. Joseph Portugal (Actor)

Gambler's Choice (Movie)

Chappie Wilson (Actor)

Her Kind of Man (Movie)

Bender (Actor)

Hit the Ice (Movie)

"Silky Fellowsby" (Actor)

If You Knew Susie (Movie)

Steve Garland (Actor)

Married Bachelor (Movie)

Johnny Branigan (Actor)

My Dream Is Yours (Movie)

Grimes (Actor)

Open Secret (Movie)

Mike Frontelli (Actor)

Passport to Suez (Movie)

Johnny Booth (Actor)

Rise and Shine (Movie)

The Menace (Actor)

Street of Chance (Movie)

Detective Joe Marucci (Actor)

Tennessee Johnson (Movie)

Atzerodt (Actor)

The Falcon in Hollywood (Movie)

Louie (Actor)

The Gangster (Movie)

Cornell (Actor)

The Islander (TV Show)

Actor

Tortilla Flat (Movie)

Tito Ralph (Actor)

Uncertain Glory (Movie)

Henri Duval (Actor)

Violence (Movie)

Fred Stalk (Actor)

Weekend in Havana (Movie)

Boris (Actor)

Why Girls Leave Home (Movie)

Chris Williams (Actor)

Zombies on Broadway (Movie)

Ace Miller (Actor)
Director (8)

Lassie 1953 - 1966, 1969 - 1971, 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

My Favorite Martian 1953 - 1966, 1969 - 1971, 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

My World... and Welcome to It 1954 - 1964, 1969 - 1971, 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

The Real McCoys 1953 - 1964, 1969 - 1971, 1989 - 1990 (Tv Show)

Director

Aces Up 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Director

Singles 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Director

Make More Room For Daddy 1967 - 1968 (TV Show)

Director

The Andy Griffith Show 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Director
Producer (7)

Shirley's World 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Don Rickles Show 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Gomer Pyle USMC 1964 - 1970 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Spy 1965 - 1968 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Andy Griffith Show 1960 - 1968 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

The Bill Dana Show 1963 - 1965 (TV Show)

Executive Producer

I Spy Returns (TV Show)

Executive Producer

Biography

This stage and film character player who specialized in Brooklynesque hoods and heavies, both serious and comic, in the 1940s and 50s (including "Harry the Horse" in the 1955 film of "Guys and Dolls") turned innovative, and highly successful TV producer in the mid-50s. Sheldon Leonard began his film career in the 1927 "The Overland Stage," but returned to the real stage until 1939. He then appeared in "Another Thin Man," continuing to act in more than 70 films through the 1970s. Among his better-known were "Weekend in Havana" (1941), "Lucky Jordan" (1942), Howard Hawks' "To Have and Have Not" (1944), Frank Capra's "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946), as the bartender who throws James Stewart out of his tavern, and "A Pocketful of Miracles" (1961).

Relationships

Frank Bershad

Father

Anna Bershad

Mother

Grandchild
had four survived him

Andrea Bershad

Daughter
formerly married to Alexander Urbach survived him

Stephen Bershad

Son
survived him

Frances Bober

Wife
married on June 28, 1931

EDUCATION

Syracuse University

Syracuse , New York 1929
attended on an athletic scholarship; became member of Phi Beta Kappa

Stuyvesant High School

New York , New York 1925

Milestones

1978

Played J. Edgar Hoover in feature "The Brink's Job"

1975

Starred as Runyonesque gambler-gone-legitmate in short-lived TV series, "Big Eddie"

1955

TV directing debut, "It's Always Jan"

1952

TV acting debut on "Your Jeweler's Showcase"

1944

Credited with story for feature film, "Shadow of Terror"

1939

Talking film debut, "Another Thin Man"

1930

Appeared on the Broadway stage in "Kiss the Boys Goodbye", "Having Wonderful Time" and "Margin of Error"

1929

Briefly worked on Wall Street

1927

Film debut, "The Overland Stage"

Executive produced, directed and played offstage voice of forger Floyd Bariscale on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"

Performed on radio with Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Phil Harris

Was guest professor, Syracuse University

Produced and played Danny Thomas's masseur on "Make Room For Daddy"; later played his agent on "The Danny Thomas Show" (1957-64)

Bonus Trivia

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Leonard was President of T&L Productions.

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He was an officer and partner of the Mayberry Productions.

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Leonard was an officer and partner of the Calvada Productions.

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He was also an officer and partner of the Sheldon Leonard Enterprises.

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He was named Man of the Year by the National Association of Radio Announcers.

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He was honored as Man of the Year by the Professional Managers Guild.

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Leonard was named B'nai B'rith Man of the Year.

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He has received the Arents Medal from Syracuse University.

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He was given a NAACP Special Achievement Award.

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Leonard received a National Collegiate Athletic Association Special Tribute Award.

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He was given Letterman of Distinction Award from the Syracuse University Varsity Club.

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Leonard was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 1992.

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