Job Actor, writer, producer, director
Years active 1934-96
Known for Brooklynesque gangsters (comic or serious)
Top Roles Harry the Horse, Nick, Tito Ralph, Auctioneer, Boris
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:

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.


Harry the Horse: So, my sin is that when Sky was rolling us, I wished that I could've won the thousand bucks instead of having to come here. But, now that I'm here - I still wish it!


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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.

1949-53: Cast member on NBC Radio's "The Martin and Lewis Show".

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.

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