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Sheldon Leonard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Sheldon Leonard Bershad (February 22, 1907 – January 11, 1997) was an American film and television actor, producer, director, and writer. Sheldon Leonard Bershad was born in Manhattan, New York City, the son of middle class Jewish parents Anna Levit and Frank Bershad. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1929. As an actor, Leonard specialized in playing supporting characters, especially gangsters or "heavies", in films such as It's a Wonderful Life (1946; as bartender Nick), To Have and Have Not (1944), Guys and Dolls (1955), and Open Secret (1948). His trademark was his especially thick New York accent, usually delivered from the side of his mouth. In Decoy (1946), Leonard uses his "heavy" persona to create the hard-boiled police detective Joe Portugal. On radio from 1945 to 1955, Leonard played an eccentric racetrack tout on The Jack Benny Program 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 Damon Runyon Theatre radio show (1948-1949). He was part of the ensemble cast of the Martin and Lewis radio show. He also appeared frequently on The Adventures of the Saint, often playing gangsters and heavies, but also sometimes in more positive roles. Leonard was also a regular on the radio comedy series The Adventures of Maisie in the 1940s. During the 1950s, Leonard provided the voice of lazy fat cat Dodsworth in two Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoons directed by Robert McKimson. 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 successful television series, including The Danny Thomas Show (aka Make Room For Daddy) (1953–64), The Andy Griffith Show (1960–68), Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (1964–69), The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–66), and I Spy (1965–68). He 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 Linus the Lionhearted in a series of Post Crispy Critters cereal TV commercials in 1963-64, which led to a Linus cartoon series that aired on Saturday (and later, Sunday) mornings on CBS (1964–66) and ABC (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.

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Feb 22, 1907 In Manhattan, New York, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie My Mummy's Arms 1934-06-28
Latest Project:
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts 2022
Known For
Poster of The Cosby Show
Poster of Cheers
Poster of The Dick Van Dyke Show
Poster of The Duke
Series The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts Unknown 2022
Movie Color Adjustment Self 1992-01-29
Movie The Making of 'It's a Wonderful Life' Self 1990-10-18
Movie James Stewart's Wonderful Life (archive footage) 1988-11-22
Series Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
Series The Cosby Show Unknown 1984-09-20
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Cheers Unknown 1982-09-30
Series The Facts of Life Unknown 1979-08-24
Movie Top Secret Carl Vitale 1978-06-03
Movie The Brink's Job J. Edgar Hoover 1978-12-08
Series Big Eddie 1975-08-23
Series Sanford and Son Unknown 1972-01-14
Series My World and Welcome to It Unknown 1969-09-15
Series Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In Unknown 1968-01-22
Series I Spy Disc Jockey 1965-09-15
Series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. Unknown 1964-09-25
Series Linus the Lionhearted Unknown 1964-09-26
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Merv Griffin Show Self 1962-10-01
Series The Lucy Show Unknown 1962-10-01
Series The Dick Van Dyke Show Big Max Calvada 1961-10-03
Movie Pocketful of Miracles Steve Darcey 1961-12-18
Series The David Susskind Show Self 1959-01-18
Movie Guys and Dolls Harry the Horse 1955-12-23
Series The Duke Sam Marco 1954-07-02
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie A Peck o' Trouble Dodsworth (voice) 1953-03-27
Movie The Diamond Queen Mogul 1953-11-28
Movie Money from Home Jumbo Schneider 1953-12-31
Movie Here Come the Nelsons Duke 1952-02-23
Movie Kiddin' the Kitten Dodsworth 1952-04-05
Movie Stop, You're Killing Me Lefty 1952-12-10
Movie Young Man with Ideas Rodwell 'Brick' Davis 1952-05-02
Movie Breakdown Nick Sampson 1952-07-16
Movie Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man Boots Morgan 1951-04-12
Movie Behave Yourself! Shortwave Bert 1951-09-22
Movie Come Fill The Cup Lennie Garr 1951-10-24
Series I Love Lucy Harry Martin (uncredited) 1951-10-15
Movie The Iroquois Trail Chief Ogane 1950-06-15
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Movie Daughter of the Jungle Dalton Kraik 1949-02-08
Movie My Dream Is Yours Grimes 1949-04-15
Movie Take One False Step Detective Pacciano 1949-06-22
Movie Open Secret Detective Sgt. Mike Frontelli 1948-02-14
Movie Alias a Gentleman Harry Bealer 1948-02-03
Movie If You Knew Susie Steve Garland 1948-02-07
Movie Madonna of the Desert Nick Julian 1948-02-23
Movie Jinx Money Lippy Harris 1948-06-27
Movie Shep Comes Home 'Swifty' Lewis 1948-12-03
Movie Joe Palooka in Winner Take All Hermon 1948-09-19
Movie Sinbad the Sailor Auctioneer 1947-01-13
Movie Violence Fred Stalk 1947-05-09
Movie The Fabulous Joe Louie 1947-08-28
Movie The Gangster Cornell 1947-11-25
Movie Rainbow Over Texas Kirby Haynes 1946-05-09
Movie The Gentleman Misbehaves Trigger Stazzi 1946-02-28
Movie Somewhere in the Night Sam 1946-06-12
Movie Her Kind of Man Felix Bender 1946-05-11
Movie Bowery Bombshell Ace Deuce Baker 1946-07-20
Movie The Last Crooked Mile Ed 'Wires' MacGuire 1946-08-09
Movie Decoy Sergeant Joe Portugal 1946-09-14
Movie It's a Wonderful Life Nick 1946-12-20
Movie Zombies on Broadway Ace Miller 1945-05-01
Movie Crime, Inc. Capt. Ferrone 1945-04-15
Movie To Have and Have Not Lt. Coyo 1945-01-20
Movie Radio Stars on Parade Lucky Maddox 1945-08-01
Movie Why Girls Leave Home Chris Williams 1945-10-09
Movie River Gang Peg Leg 1945-09-21
Movie Frontier Gal 'Blackie' Shoulders 1945-12-14
Movie Captain Kidd Cyprian Boyle 1945-11-22
Movie Timber Queen Smacksie Golden 1944-01-13
Movie Uncertain Glory Henri Duval 1944-04-07
Movie The Falcon in Hollywood Louie Buchanan 1944-12-08
Movie Trocadero Mickey Jones 1944-04-24
Movie Gambler's Choice Chappie Wilson 1944-04-27
Movie Taxi, Mister Gangster Louis Glorio / The Frisco Ghost 1943-04-16
Movie City Without Men Monk LaRue 1943-01-14
Movie Hit the Ice Harry 'Silky' Fellowsby 1943-06-02
Movie Passport to Suez Johnny Booth 1943-08-19
Movie Harvest Melody Chuck 1943-11-22
Movie Klondike Kate 'Sometime' Smith 1943-12-16
Movie Tortilla Flat Tito Ralph 1942-05-21
Movie Born to Sing Pete Detroit 1942-02-18
Movie Pierre of the Plains Clairou 1942-07-29
Movie Street of Chance Detective Joe Marruci 1942-10-03
Movie Lucky Jordan Slip Moran 1942-11-16
Movie Married Bachelor Johnny Brannigan 1941-10-16
Movie Tall, Dark and Handsome Pretty Willie Williams 1941-01-24
Movie Buy Me That Town Chink Moran 1941-10-03
Movie Rise and Shine Menace 1941-11-21
Movie Week-End in Havana Boris 1941-10-17
Movie Another Thin Man Phil Church 1939-11-17
Movie Ouanga LeStrange, the Overseer 1935-12-03
Movie My Mummy's Arms Abdullah 1934-06-28
Movie The Gem of the Ocean Pasha 1934-11-19