Job Actor, writer, producer, director
Years active 1934-96
Known for Brooklynesque gangsters (comic or serious)
Top Roles Harry the Horse, Nick, Boris, Grimes, Lt. Coyo
Top GenresComedy, Drama, Crime, Romance, Musical, Mystery
Top TopicsBook-Based, Screwball Comedy, Gangsters
Top Collaborators (Director), (Director), (Director), (Producer)
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Sheldon Leonard Overview:

Character actor, Sheldon Leonard, was born Leonard Sheldon Bershad on Feb 22, 1907 in New York City, NY. Leonard died at the age of 89 on Jan 10, 1997 in Beverly Hills, CA .

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Sheldon Leonard was an American actor of vaguely shifty looks, a 'Macdonald Carey from the other side of the tracks' and one of film's shadiest characters. Rarely seen without a trilby, his Brooklynesque gangsters were equally divided between the comic and the serious. He left acting all too soon to turn to production, but was seen in the late 1970s in a few cameo roles.

 

(Source: available at Amazon Quinlan's Illustrated Dictionary of Film Character Actors).

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Leonard was inducted into the TV Hall of Fame .

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Sheldon Leonard Quotes:

Nick: [ringing the cash register repeatedly] Get me. I'm givin' out wings!


Ace Miller: You do not resign and you do not quit and that guy Walker does not make a monk out of me to the tune of eighty grand! Now get this - you either produce a real zombie on opening night, or I take Gus's idea.


Harry the Horse: But Big Jule cannot win if he plays with honest dice!


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Sheldon Leonard Facts
1965: He cast Bill Cosby in the TV series "I Spy" (1965), making him one of TV's first black leading men.

Married to Frances Babor for 66 years. They had a son and daughter. Frances passed away two years later (1999) at age 91 and was buried beside Sheldon.

Received the rank of Eagle Scout (the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America).

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