Leeds in Ghost
|Born||April 6, 1916
New York City, New York, United States
|Died||August 16, 1998
Los Angeles, California, United States
|Cause of death||Pneumonia|
|Spouse(s)||Toby Brandt (1934-1987; her death)|
Leeds was born on April 6, 1916, in New York City, the son of a post office clerk. Raised in the Bronx, he was a peanut vendor for some time near Yankee Stadium and Manhattan's Polo Grounds. He started his career as a standup comedian and then went on to appear in several films and sitcoms including Rosemary's Baby, Beaches, All In The Family, Three's Company, Night Court, Wings, Ally McBeal, Everybody Loves Raymond, The Larry Sanders Show, Barney Miller, Car 54, Where Are You?, The Patty Duke Show, The Monkees, The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Friends, Mad About You, The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Golden Girls.
At age 80, he appeared on an episode of Roseanne in which Roseanne finds herself drawn into a creepy '90s version of Rosemary's Baby (Leeds had played "Dr. Shand" in the original 1968 film). He appeared as a friendly spirit in the 1990 film Ghost. He appeared in the episode, "When I'm 64", in the TV series ALF as Jack, one of the residents of a retirement home. His final role was a brief scene in Lost & Found (1999).
Leeds died of pneumonia on August 16, 1998, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 82. The November 9, 1998, episode of Ally McBeal, "Happy Trails," featured footage of his prior appearances on the show, eulogizing his character.
- Rosemary's Baby (1968) - Dr. Shand
- Don't Drink the Water (1969) - Sam Blackwell
- Mastermind (1976) - Israeli Agent #2
- Won Ton Ton, the Dog Who Saved Hollywood (1976) - Dog Catcher
- Silent Movie (1976) - Waiter (uncredited)
- History of the World, Part I (1981) - Chief Monk - The Spanish Inquisition
- Frankenstein's Great Aunt Tillie (1984) - Banker Schlockmocker
- Saturday the 14th Strikes Back (1988) - Leonard
- Beaches (1988) - Sammy Pinkers
- Cat Chaser (1989) - Jerry Shea
- Enemies, A Love Story (1989) - Pesheles
- Ghost (1990) - Emergency Room Ghost
- He Said, She Said (1991) - Mr. Spepk
- Soapdish (1991) - Old Man
- Frankie and Johnny (1991) - Mr. DeLeon
- All I Want for Christmas (1991) - Mr. Feld
- Clean Slate (1994) - Landlord
- Two Much (1996) - The Lincoln Brigade
- Friends (1996) - Mr. Adelman
- Everybody loves Raymond (1996-1998) - Uncle Mel
- Krippendorf's Tribe (1998) - Dr. Harvey
- Lost & Found (1999) - Mr. Elderly Couple (final film role)
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