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Philip Leeds
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Birth: Apr. 6, 1916
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: Aug. 16, 1998
California, USA

He was a funny looking little man but most endearing and kindly looking too, much like an elf. His looks were his bread and butter as an actor. He was one of those who put the ‘character' in character actor. He had a long and prolific career but sadly few people knew his name. He popped up everywhere; on radio, on stage, in movies, on TV and in commercials. He is probably best remembered for appearances on many TV sitcoms and dramas including: "Mad About You", "Barney Miller", "Ally McBeal" and others. He could play sniveling weasel types and other sneaky characters but we always knew he was a really a nice, lovable little guy. A squat little man, with a bulbous schnozz, rubbery face with baggy eyes and balding head, he was a New Yorker through and through. Born in The Bronx area of New York City, New York on April 6, 1916 the son of a postal clerk, Ben and a housewife, Anna. He grew up in The Bronx attending school there. He worked as a peanut vendor near Yankee Stadium and the Polo Grounds for a time. He began his career in entertainment as a standup comic, working in the Catskill's and New York City nightclubs. This led to work on the Broadway stage opposite New York's finest actors beginning in 1942. His booming career was interrupted by World War II where he served in the U.S. Army Special Services. Soon after the war he resumed his career. In the 1950s he was blacklisted during the H.U.A.C. hearings but was rescued by a friend. During that time he worked in the comedy clubs and on Broadway. He opened for many huge superstars during his standup career, including Barbra Streisand. His films included: "Rosemary's Baby" (1968) with Mia Farrow, as Dr. Shand, his film debut; "Don't Drink the Water" (1969) as Sam; "Won Ton Ton the Dog Who Saved Hollywood" (1976) as Dog Catcher; "Mastermind" (1976) as Israeli Agent #2; Mel Brook's "History of the World Part I" (1981) as Chief Monk; "Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie" (1984); "Beaches" (1988) with Bette Midler, as Sammy Pinkers; "Saturday the 14th Strikes Back"; "Enemies: A Love Story" (1989) as Pesheles; "Cat Chaser" (1989) as Jerry Shea; "Ghost" (1990) with Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore, as Emergency Room Ghost; "He Said, She Said" (1991) as Mr. Spepk; "Soapdish" (1991) as Old Man; "Frankie and Johnny" (1991) as Mr. DeLeon; "All I Want for Christmas" (1991) as Mr. Feld; "Clean Slate" (1994) as Landlord; "Two Much" (1996) as Lincoln Brigade; "Krippendorf's Tribe" (1998) with Richard Dreyfuss, as Dr. Harvey and "Lost and Found" (1999) as Mr. Elderly Couple, his final film role. On TV he was a regular on the series: "Front Row Center" (1949-50) as Regular Guest; "Ivan the Terrible" (1976) as Vladimir; "Singer & Sons" (1990) as Lou Gold; "Double Rush" aka "Lickety Split" (1995) as The Kid and "Ally McBeal" (1997-2002) as Judge Dennis ‘Happy' Boyle. He appeared in TV movies including: "Murder by Natural Causes" (1979); "Featherstone's Nest" (1979); "The Haunting of Harrington House" (1981). He may be close to the record for guest appearances on TV series and his appearances included: "Trackdown"; "Car 54, Where Are You?"; "The Dick Van Dyke Show"; "The Monkees"; "The Jackie Gleason Show"; "The Odd Couple"; "Maude"; "Kolchak: The Night Stalker"; "Happy Days"; "Barney Miller"; "Kojak"; "Starsky and Hutch"; "All in the Family"; "Three's Company"; "Alice"; "Night Court"; "Gimme a Break!"; "ALF"; "Coach"; "The Golden Girls"; "Doctor Doctor"; "The Famous Teddy Z"; "Empty Nest"; "Dream On"; "Mad About You"; "The Jackie Thomas Show"; "Roseanne"; "Matlock"; "The Larry Sanders Show"; "ER"; "Friends"; "Wings"; "Boy Meets World"; "Everybody Loves Raymond"; "Murphy Brown"; "Ellen" and many others. 
 
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Created by: Michael Barton
Record added: Aug 30, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 15554834
Philip Leeds
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Philip Leeds
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Watching you on a Barney Miller rerun. You always crack me up.
- Frank R. Adamski
 Added: May. 24, 2017
You were one funny guy.
- Frank R. Adamski
 Added: Aug. 17, 2016

- Kathy Ng
 Added: Jun. 14, 2015
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