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Sheldon Leonard Bershad (February 22, 1907 – January 10, 1997), known professionally as Sheldon Leonard, was an American film and television actor, producer, director, and writer.


Early life, family and education

Sheldon Leonard Bershad was born in
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, the son of
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ish parents Anna Levit and Frank Bershad. He graduated from
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Syracuse University
in 1929.


Career

As an actor, Leonard specialized in playing supporting characters, especially gangsters or "heavies". His trademark was his especially thick
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, usually delivered from the side of his mouth. (He would often pronounce ''th'' as ''t'' and would say ''er'' as ''oi'', thus he would pronounce ''earth'' as ''oit''.) His breakthrough role was in ''
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'' (1939), in which he played a soft-spoken but dangerous murder suspect. From then on he was typecast as smooth gangsters or streetwise guys in such films as ''
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'' (1946; as bartender Nick), ''
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'' (1944), ''
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'' (1955), and ''
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'' (1948). He was a favorite of director
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, who asked him to play an executive mobster in his 1961 film ''
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''. Leonard became so associated with tough-guy parts that he was occasionally cast against type, as a law-enforcement officer, in films like '' Street of Chance'' (1942) and ''
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'' (1946). On radio from 1945 to 1955, Leonard played an eccentric racetrack
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on ''
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'' and later in the TV series of the same name. His role was to salute Benny out of the blue in railroad stations, on street corners, or in department stores ("Hey, Bud. C'mere a minute."), ask Benny what he was about to do, and then proceed to try to argue him out of his course of action by resorting to inane and irrelevant racing logic. As "The Tout," he never gave out information on horse racing, unless Jack demanded it. One excuse the tout gave was, "Who knows about horses?" Leonard was part of the cast of voice actors on the radio show (1948–1949). He was part of the ensemble cast of the
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radio show. He also appeared frequently on '' Dragnet'' and '' The Adventures of the Saint'', often playing gangsters and heavies, but also sometimes in more sympathetic roles. Leonard was also a regular on the radio comedy series ''
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'' in the 1940s. During the 1950s, Leonard provided the voice of lazy, fat cat Dodsworth in two
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cartoons directed by
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. In the adventure movie '' The Iroquois Trail'' (1950), Leonard played against type in the significant role of Chief Ogane, a Native American warrior, who pursues and fights the frontiersman Nat "Hawkeye" Cutler ( George Montgomery) in a climactic duel to the death with knives. Later in the 1950s and 1960s, he established a reputation as a producer of many successful television series, often in partnership with
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. These included ''
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'' (aka ''
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'') (1953–64), ''
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'' (1960–68), '' Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.'' (1964–69), and ''
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'' (1965–68). Thanks to his many years in show business, Leonard had cultivated a quick, shrewd capacity for pinpointing strengths and flaws in prospective projects. It was Leonard who recognized that a sitcom pilot, ''Head of the Family'', was structurally sound but miscast. He felt that actor-writer
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was too overbearing as the lead, and insisted that the script be refilmed with up-and-coming comic
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. The result was ''
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'' (1961–66). Sheldon Leonard also directed several TV series episodes, including four of the first eight episodes of the TV series ''Lassie'' (Season 1, 1954). Leonard also provided the voice of
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in a series of
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cereal TV commercials in 1963–64, which led to a ''Linus'' cartoon series that aired on Saturday (and later, Sunday) mornings on
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(1964–66) and
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(1967–69). He also was briefly the star of his own television show '' Big Eddie'' (1975), where he played the owner of a large sports arena. The show lasted for only ten episodes. The character of Andy Taylor was introduced in a 1960 episode of ''The Danny Thomas Show'', which led to the series ''
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''. Leonard is informally credited with developing the practice of using an episode of a series as a
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episode for new series, in which a guest star is introduced as a new character with the intention of using this character as the basis for a new show. Leonard introduced the ''Andy Griffith'' spin-off '' Mayberry R. F. D.'' as the summer replacement for the ''Griffith'' show, so it would have a pre-sold audience during the regular season. He was the executive producer on '' Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C.'', and had an appearance on the show as a Hollywood producer who has to do 34 takes on a movie scene before Sergeant Carter gets it right ("A Star Is Not Born"). Leonard also has the distinction (along with author
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) of being one of the first two Miller Lite spokesmen. Using his trademark accent, he told the audience, "I was at first reluctant to try Miller Lite, but then I was persuaded to do so by my friend, Large Louis." One of his last acting roles was a guest appearance on the TV series ''
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'', in which he played Sid Nelson, the proprietor of "The Hungry Heifer,"
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's favorite eating establishment. Leonard died on January 11, 1997, 6 weeks before his 90th birthday. He was buried at
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in
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.


Legacy

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, whom Leonard cast in ''I Spy'', described Leonard as "my last father" when he dedicated an episode of ''
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'' to both Leonard and his slain son
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. Bill Cosby included an impersonation of Sheldon Leonard in one track of his 1966 hit comedy album '' Wonderfulness''. The track "Niagara Falls" describes Sheldon Leonard's honeymoon at
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. In "Monkees Marooned", the eighth episode of the second season of ''
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'', a character named Leonard Sheldon, and speaking with Leonard's accent, approaches
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on the street, much like "The Tout" and persuades Tork to trade his guitar for a treasure map. Leonard's name served as an eponym for the characters
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and
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in the American sitcom ''
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'' because the writers were fans of his work.


Selected filmography

Actor * '' The People's Enemy'' (1935) as Third Department of Justice Representative * ''Ouanga'' (1936) as LeStrange, the Overseer * ''
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'' (1939) as Phil Church * ''
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'' (1941) as Pretty Willie Williams * ''
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'' (1941) as John Winton * ''Buy Me That Town'' (1941) as Chink Moran * ''Week-End in Havana'' (1941) as Boris * ''Married Bachelor'' (1941) as Johnny Branigan * ''Rise and Shine (film), Rise and Shine'' (1941) as Menace * ''Born to Sing (1942 film), Born To Sing'' (1942) as Pete Detroit * ''Tortilla Flat (film), Tortilla Flat'' (1942) as Tito Ralph * ''Pierre of the Plains'' (1942) as Clairou * '' Street of Chance'' (1942) as Detective Joe Marruci * ''Lucky Jordan'' (1942) as Slip Moran * ''City Without Men'' (1943) as Monk LaRue * ''Taxi, Mister'' (1943) as Gangster Louis Glorio / The Frisco Ghost * ''Hit the Ice (film), Hit the Ice'' (1943) as 'Silky' Fellowsby * ''Passport to Suez'' (1943) as Johnny Booth * ''Harvest Melody'' (1943) as Chuck * ''Klondike Kate (film), Klondike Kate'' (1943) as 'Sometime' Smith * ''Timber Queen (1944 film), Timber Queen'' (1944) as Smacksie Golden * ''Uncertain Glory (1944 film), Uncertain Glory'' (1944) as Henri Duval * ''Trocadero (1944 film), Trocadero'' (1944) as Mickey Jones * ''Gambler's Choice'' (1944) as Chappie Wilson * ''
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'' (1944) as Lt. Coyo * ''The Falcon in Hollywood'' (1944) as Louie Buchanan * ''Zombies on Broadway'' (1945) as Ace Miller * ''Crime, Inc.'' (1945) as Capt. Ferrone * ''Radio Stars on Parade'' (1945) as Lucky Maddox * ''River Gang'' (1945) as Peg Leg * ''Why Girls Leave Home (1945 film), Why Girls Leave Home'' (1945) as Chris Williams * ''Captain Kidd (film), Captain Kidd'' (1945) as Cyprian Boyle * ''Frontier Gal'' (1945) as 'Blackie' Shoulders * ''The Gentleman Misbehaves'' (1946) as Trigger Stazzi * ''Her Kind of Man'' (1946) as Felix Bender * ''Rainbow Over Texas'' (1946) as Kirby Haynes * ''Somewhere in the Night (film), Somewhere in the Night'' (1946) as Sam * ''Bowery Bombshell'' (1946) as Ace Deuce Baker * ''The Last Crooked Mile'' (1946) as Ed 'Wires' MacGuire * ''
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'' (1946) as Police Sgt. Joe Portugal * ''
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'' (1946) as Nick, the bartender * ''Sinbad the Sailor (1947 film), Sinbad the Sailor'' (1947) as Auctioneer * ''Violence (film), Violence'' (1947) as Fred Stalk * ''The Hal Roach Comedy Carnival'' (1947) as Louie, in 'Fabulous Joe' * ''The Fabulous Joe'' (1947) as Louie * ''The Gangster (1947 film), The Gangster'' (1947) as Cornell * ''
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'' (1948) as Detective Sgt. Mike Frontelli * ''Alias a Gentleman'' (1948) as Harry Bealer * ''If You Knew Susie (film), If You Knew Susie'' (1948) as Steve Garland * ''Madonna of the Desert'' (1948) as Nick Julian * ''Jinx Money'' (1948) as Lippy Harris * ''Joe Palooka in Winner Take All'' (1948) as Hermon * ''Shep Comes Home'' (1948) as 'Swifty' Lewis * ''Two Knights from Brooklyn'' (1949) as Louis Glorio / The Frisco Ghost (archive footage) * ''Daughter of the Jungle (1949 film), Daughter of the Jungle'' (1949) as Dalton Kraik * ''My Dream Is Yours'' (1949) as Fred Grimes * ''Take One False Step'' (1949) as Pacciano * '' The Iroquois Trail'' (1950) as Chief Ogane * ''Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man'' (1951) as Morgan * ''Behave Yourself!'' (1951) as Shortwave Bert * ''Come Fill the Cup'' (1951) as Lennie Garr * ''Here Come the Nelsons'' (1952) as Duke * ''Kiddin' the Kitten'' (1952) as Dodsworth (voice) * ''Young Man with Ideas'' (1952) as Rodwell 'Brick' Davis * ''Sock-a-Doodle-Do'' (1952) as Kid Banty (voice) * ''Breakdown (1952 film), Breakdown'' (1952) as Nick Sampson * ''Stop, You're Killing Me'' (1952) as Lefty * ''A Peck o' Trouble'' (1953) as Dodsworth (voice) * ''The Diamond Queen (1953 film), The Diamond Queen'' (1953) as Mogul * ''Money From Home'' (1953) as Jumbo Schneider * ''
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'' (1955) as Harry the Horse * ''
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'' (1961) as Steve Darcey * ''The Brink's Job'' (1978) as J. Edgar Hoover Producer * ''
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'' (1953–1964). He also appeared onscreen as Phil Brokaw (1957–1961). * ''
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'' (1960–1968). * ''
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'' (1961–1966). He also appeared onscreen in the season 3 episode "Big Max Calvada". * ''Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.'' (1964–1969). He also appeared onscreen in the season 5 episode "A Star is Not Born". * ''
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'' (1965–1968). * ''Accidental Family'' (1967–1968) * ''My World and Welcome to It'' (1969–1970) * ''From a Bird's Eye View'' (1970–1971) * ''Shirley's World'' (1971–1972) Director * ''It's Always Jan'' * ''
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'' * ''
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'' * ''
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'' * ''My Favorite Martian'' (pilot only) * ''
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'' * ''Lassie'' (4 episodes, Season 1: 1954)


References


Further reading

* Leonard, Sheldon. ''And The Show Goes On: Broadway and Hollywood Adventures''. Limelight, 1995,


External links

* * *
Sheldon Leonard at museum.tv
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