Joshua Leonard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Joshua Leonard
Born Joshua Granville Leonard
(1975-06-17) June 17, 1975 (age 39)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Years active 1999- present

Joshua Granville Leonard (born June 17, 1975) is an American actor, known primarily for his role in The Blair Witch Project.

Early life[edit]

Leonard was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Joann, an author, and Robert Leonard, a theater professor.[1] He was raised in central Pennsylvania. When he was six, he was convinced by his father to appear in plays like Life With Father. However, when he reached his teens, he decided he did not want to act. He pushed to obtain his GED at age 16 and underwent survival training with Outward Bound as preparation for a year and a half stay in Mexico where he volunteered with a youth services organization. After teaching poor children in Puebla, working as a gardener and an anthropologist's assistant in Chiapas, and hiking through the jungles of Central and South America, Leonard returned to the U.S. to spend a year at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. He then left school again, and decided to head to Manhattan and try his luck as a filmmaker and photographer. Leonard learned his trade on the job, working as a darkroom tech at The New School for Social Research, and in the equipment room at the New York Film Academy.

In New York, Leonard found work taking portraits of musicians, and eventually landed a job as the first staff photographer for Black Book Magazine. His career in film began soon after, when he went to work for the outré experimental and documentary film company, Mystic Fire Video. There, Leonard was involved with films with subjects ranging from famed beat poet Allen Ginsburg, to the Dalai Lama and comparative mythologist Joseph Campbell.

Movie career[edit]

In 1998, he auditioned for and landed one of the three principal roles in The Blair Witch Project.[2] Although he reportedly only earned an initial salary of $500, the experience proved rewarding in other ways as the film combined acting and photography — two things he enjoyed. After the premier screening at Sundance and the subsequent hype of the film, Leonard found himself in the spotlight, appearing in magazine covers and getting roles for other movies.

Leonard has since appeared in numerous films and television shows as an actor, including HBO's Live From Baghdad, Allison Anders' Things Behind the Sun, In the Weeds, starring Eric Bogosian and Molly Ringwald, Men of Honor with Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Robert De Niro, and the thriller Bitter Feast.[2] He starred in the Independent Spirit Award winning 2009 film Humpday, for which he won the "Best Actor" prize at the Gijón International Film Festival. Leonard has also appeared on the acclaimed HBO series Hung (TV series) and Showtime (TV channel) The United States of Tara.

Leonard had two Sundance favorites released in 2012—As an actor, he starred in Vera Farmiga's directorial debut Higher Ground (film), playing a man at odds with his wife (Farmiga). He also co-wrote, directed and starred in The Lie, a devilish morality tale adapted from the story by acclaimed author, T.C. Boyle. The project, co-starred indie darlings Mark Webber (actor), Jess Weixler, and Jane Adams (actress), and was warmly embraced by audiences and critics alike.

Leonard directed the short film, The Youth in Us (Sundance '05). Art doc, Beautiful Losers followed, winning the Grand Jury prize at CineVegas in 2008. He’s also directed music videos for many popular acts, such as Morcheeba, Harper Simon, and Fitz and the Tantrums, as well as teaching directing and acting at The New York Film Academy, UC Irvine, and Academia Internacional De Cinema in Sao Paolo, Brazil.


Year Film Role Notes
1999 The Blair Witch Project Josh Leonard Nominated for a Blockbuster entertainment award
2000 Men of Honor Timothy Douglas Isert
Sacrifice Jason
2001 Things Behind the Sun Todd
Cubbyhouse Danny Graham
2002 Live from Baghdad Mark Biello
Deuces Wild Punches
2003 Scorched Rick
2004 Madhouse Clark Stevens
Larceny Nick
2005 CSI: Miami Jim Markham (5 episodes)
2006 The Death and Life of Bobby Z Partygoer
Hatchet Ainsley Dunston
Bones Nate Gibbons
2007 The Shaggy Dog Justin Forrseter
2008 Prom Night Bellhop
Mała wielka miłość Ian Everson
20 Years After Michael
2009 Humpday Andrew Winner Best Actor Gijón International Film Festival
Dead in Love Pothead
Hung Pierce
2010 Bitter Feast JT Franks
The Freebie Dinner party guest
2011 Higher Ground Ethan
Shark Night 3D Red
The Lie Lonnie
2012 The Motel Life Tommy
2014 If I Stay Post-production


External links[edit]