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Sheldon Leonard (1907–1997)


Sheldon Leonard was born in New York City's lower Manhattan, the son of Jewish parents. He studied acting at Syracuse University and, after graduating, landed a job on Wall Street. Following the Wall Street crash of 1929, he found himself unemployed and resolved to become a professional actor on the stage. The road was hard, since it took him five... See full bio »

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Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Known For

Make Room for Daddy
(1953-1964)
The Dick Van Dyke Show
(1961-1966)
Gomer Pyle: USMC
Gomer Pyle: USMC Producer
(1964-1969)
The Andy Griffith Show
(1960-1968)

Filmography

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 1994 I Spy Returns (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1978 Top Secret (TV Movie) (executive producer)
 1974 Aces Up (TV Movie) (producer)
 1972 The Singles (TV Movie) (producer)
 1972 The Don Rickles Show (TV Series) (producer - 2 episodes)
- Episode dated 18 February 1972 (1972) ... (producer)
- Episode #1.2 (1972) ... (producer)
 1971-1972 Shirley's World (TV Series) (executive producer - 17 episodes)
- Always Leave Them Laughing (1972) ... (executive producer)
- Knightmare (1971) ... (executive producer)
- Figuratively Speaking (1971) ... (executive producer)
- The Rally (1971) ... (executive producer)
- Evidence in Camera (1971) ... (executive producer)
 1970-1971 From a Bird's Eye View (TV Series) (executive producer - 16 episodes)
- Home Is Where the Heart Is (1971) ... (executive producer)
- Never Put It in Writing (1971) ... (executive producer)
- All in a Day's Work (1971) ... (executive producer)
- Family Tree (1971) ... (executive producer)
- I Too Was a Novice (1971) ... (executive producer)
 1969-1970 My World and Welcome to It (TV Series) (executive producer - 26 episodes)
- Child's Play (1970) ... (executive producer)
- Monroe the Mysogynist (1970) ... (executive producer)
- The Fourth Estate (1970) ... (executive producer)
- The Wooing of Mr. Monroe (1970) ... (executive producer)
- Rules for a Happy Marriage (1970) ... (executive producer)
 1969 My Friend Tony (TV Series) (executive producer - 1 episode)
- Computer Murder (1969) ... (executive producer)
 1964-1969 Gomer Pyle: USMC (TV Series) (executive producer - 150 episodes)
- Goodbye Camp Henderson, Hello Sergeant Carter (1969) ... (executive producer)
- My Fair Sister (1969) ... (executive producer)
- Showtime with Sgt. Carol (1969) ... (executive producer)
- Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow (1969) ... (executive producer)
- Flower Power (1969) ... (executive producer)
 1965-1968 I Spy (TV Series) (executive producer - 82 episodes)
- Pinwheel (1968) ... (executive producer)
- Carmelita Is One of Us (1968) ... (executive producer)
- The Spy Business (1968) ... (executive producer)
- Suitable for Framing (1968) ... (executive producer)
- The Name of the Game (1968) ... (executive producer)
 1960-1968 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 249 episodes)
- Mayberry R.F.D. (1968) ... (executive producer)
- A Girl for Goober (1968) ... (executive producer)
- Opie and Mike (1968) ... (executive producer)
- Sam for Town Council (1968) ... (executive producer)
- The Wedding (1968) ... (executive producer)
 1967-1968 Good Morning, World (TV Series) (executive producer - 26 episodes)
- The Lady and the Pussycat (1968) ... (executive producer)
- Hutton's Mutts (1968) ... (executive producer)
- Here Comes the Bribe (1968) ... (executive producer)
- For My Daughter's Hand, You'll Get My Foot (1968) ... (executive producer)
- I Love a Charade (1968) ... (executive producer)
 1967-1968 Accidental Family (TV Series) (executive producer - 16 episodes)
- Who's Been Sleeping in Daddy's Bed (1968) ... (executive producer)
- Sandy Gets Tough (1967) ... (executive producer)
- The Treasure of San Fernando Valley (1967) ... (executive producer)
- The Lush Life (1967) ... (executive producer)
- The Return of Mr. Ex (1967) ... (executive producer)
 1961-1966 The Dick Van Dyke Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 158 episodes)
- The Last Chapter (1966) ... (executive producer)
- The Gunslinger (1966) ... (executive producer)
- Long Nights Journey Into Day (1966) ... (executive producer)
- Love Thy Other Neighbor (1966) ... (executive producer)
- You Ought to Be in Pictures (1966) ... (executive producer)
 1964 The Bill Dana Show (TV Series) (executive producer - 4 episodes)
- We'll Get You for This (1964) ... (executive producer)
- Danny Thomas, I Love You (1964) ... (executive producer)
- Blood from Two Turnips (1964) ... (executive producer)
- Jose, the Manager (1964) ... (executive producer)
  Make Room for Daddy (TV Series) (producer - 251 episodes, 1953 - 1963) (executive producer - 38 episodes, 1963 - 1964)
- The Persistent Cop (1964) ... (executive producer)
- Rusty and the Chorus Girl (1964) ... (executive producer)
- Call Off the Hounds (1964) ... (executive producer)
- Beautiful Lady (1964) ... (executive producer)
- Pupa Loves Rusty (1964) ... (executive producer)
 1953 Your Jeweler's Showcase (TV Series) (producer - 1 episode)
- Citizen Chang (1953) ... (producer)
 1949 Colgate Theatre (TV Series) (producer)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Pinky Aaroson") in "Having Wonderful Time" on Broadway. Comedy. Written by Arthur Kober. Directed / produced by Marc Connelly. Lyceum Theatre: 20 Feb 1937-8 Jan 1938 (372 performances). Cast: Richard Allen (as "Ensemble"), Wolfe Barzell (as "Abe Tobias"), Juanita Beatty (as "Ensemble"), Hudey Block (as "Mr. G."), ... See more »

Publicity Listings:

1 Print Biography | 1 Article | See more »

Alternate Names:

S.L. Bershad

Height:

6' (1.83 m)
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In 1992 he was 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!". See more »

Trademark:

His deep gruff voice and strong New York accent See more »

Star Sign:

Pisces

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