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)
Shares birthday with Robert Young, George Haight, Fannie Ward  see more..

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:

Gus: I got an idea, boss.
Ace Miller: Brother, I need an idea to get out of this jam.
Gus: The cops find these two guys' bodies with a note pinned on 'em sayin' they committed suicide on account of they were so ashamed because they couldn't deliver a real zombie.
Ace Miller: Hey, that's a possibility!


Camser: What kind of jungle is this?
Dalton Kraik: I don't know, but I could learn to like it. (Eats wild fruit off a bush) These things are looscious.
Camser: Looscious? You mean they're delicious.
Dalton Kraik: What's the difference? Either way, they're tasty.


Slip Moran: If you want to keep a dame from squawkin' you need to break her squawker.


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

He said in an interview that the only reason he agreed to play Nick the bartender in the classic It's a Wonderful Life (1946) was so that he could buy Dodger baseball tickets.

1992: Inducted into the Television Hall of Fame, after receiving five Emmy awards for his producing/directing efforts. In 1995 he received a lifetime membership into the Director's Guild of America. Accepting the honor, he quipped, "Giving a lifetime membership to a guy 88 years old -- big f***ing deal!".

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