Sheldon Leonard (February 22 1907 – January 10, 1997) was a pioneering film and television producer, director, writer, and actor. As an actor, Leonard specialized in playing supporting characters, and many times gangsters, in films such as It's A Wonderful Life (1946), To Have and Have Not (1944), and Open Secret (1948). But he is more famous as producer of hugely popular television series, including The Danny Thomas Show (195364), The Andy Griffith Show (196068), The Dick Van Dyke Show (196166), and I Spy (196568). Leonard was buried at Hillside Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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