Phil Leeds

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Phil Leeds
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Leeds in Ghost
Born April 6, 1916
New York City, New York, United States
Died August 16, 1998(1998-08-16) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Cause of death Pneumonia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1949–1998
Spouse(s) Toby Brandt (1934-1987; her death)

Phil Leeds (April 6, 1916 – August 16, 1998) was an American character actor.[1]


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.[2] 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 was blacklisted during the McCarthy era after pleading the fifth when examined by the House Un-American Activities Committee.[3][4]


Leeds died of pneumonia on August 16, 1998, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles[1] 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.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b "Phil Leeds, 82, Comic on Stage and Screen". The New York Times. August 21, 1998. Retrieved 2007-09-25. 
  2. ^ "Phil Leeds Biography". Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Leszczak, Bob (6 August 2014). "The Odd Couple on Stage and Screen: A History with Cast and Crew Profiles and an Episode Guide". McFarland. Retrieved 31 December 2017 – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ Zhulin, Denis Larionov & Alexander. "Read the eBook Investigation of Communist activities in the New York City area. Hearings (Volume Pts. 6-8) by United States. Congress. House. Committee on Un-Am online for free (page 7 of 30)". Retrieved 31 December 2017. 

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