Peter Leeds

Show Count: 155
Series Count: 10
Role: Old Time Radio Star
Old Time Radio
Born: May 30, 1917, Bayonne, New Jersey, USA
Died: November 12, 1996 , Los Angeles, California

Peter Leeds (May 30, 1917 – November 12, 1996) was an actor who appeared on television more than eight thousand times and also had many film,Broadway, and radio credits. The majority of his work took place in the 1950s and 1960s. Working with many well-known comedians, he became popular as a straight man to their antics.

Beyond situation comedies, Peter Leeds was also a dramatic actor, a Broadway performer, and a regular on many variety shows. He made several guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murderer Bill Emory in the 1958 episode, "The Case of the Sun Bather's Diary."

Peter Leeds was also a popular voice-over artist, being heard on over 3,000 radio shows, and accompanied Bob Hope on 14 international USO tours.

Early life 

A native of Bayonne, New Jersey, Leeds received his training at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He made his film debut with a bit part in Public Enemies (1941). He received a scholarship from the John Marshall Law School, where he attended for one year. He also attended The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. Leeds was noticed by the Group Theater of New York, through which he received a scholarship and graduated.


Leeds worked with hundreds of well-known actors, including Bob Hope, Lucille Ball, Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, Red Skelton, Jack Benny, Jerry Lewis, Dean Martin, and Johnny Carson. He appeared four times with David Janssen in the crime drama, Richard Diamond, Private Detective. Leeds was cast as George Colton in nine episodes of the 1960s CBS sitcom, Pete and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan and Cara Williams. He guest starred on an episode of the 1962-1963 ABC drama series, Going My Way, starring Gene Kelly.

Leeds was known for his association with Stan Freberg and played his foil in several song parodies. He played several roles on his classic comedy album Stan Freberg Presents the United States of America, and appeared as a regular on the short-lived radio series The Stan Freberg Show in 1957.

Leeds had a recurring role as gambler/saloon owner Tenner Smith in the CBS television series, Trackdown starring Robert Culp. He played federal agent LaMarr Kane in "The Scarface Mob", the pilot for ABC's The Untouchables TV series (starring Robert Stack), a role taken over in the actual series by Chuck Hicks.

USO tours 

Leeds accompanied Bob Hope on fourteen international USO (United Service Organizations) tours. Leeds hooked up with Bob Hope in 1954 for a television special and continued working with Hope on specials and tours from 1954 until 1991.

Voice Work 

Leeds also did voices for animated television and film, including The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat, Hong Kong Phooey, The New Yogi Bear Show, The Dukes, Challenge of the GoBots, CBS Storybreak and The Jetsons.


Leeds appeared on Broadway in Sugar Babies along with Mickey Rooney and Ann Miller.

Personal life 

Leeds died of cancer at the age of 79, on November 12, 1996 in Los Angeles, California. Leeds was survived by his wife of 34 years, Pat Leeds, and his granddaughter Samantha Leeds.


During the '70s, Leeds spent five years as the president of the Los Angeles chapter of AFTRA (American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) and later served on the actors' union's national and local Board of Directors. In 1992, AFTRA repaid his many years of service with its highest honor, the Gold Card. Leeds later served on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Source: Wikipedia

Man Called X, TheMan Called X, The
Show Count: 96
Broadcast History: July 1944 to Sept 1948 and Oct 1950 to May 1952
Sponsor: General Motors, Frigidaire
Cast: Herbert Marshall, William Conrad, Lawrence Dobkin, Cathy Lewis, Harry Lang, Peter Leeds, Leon Belasco
Director: Jack Johnstone
Show Count: 76
Broadcast History: 6 February 1950 to 25 September 1952
Sponsor: General Mills for Wheaties
Cast: Frank Lovejoy, William Conrad, Stacy Harris, Wilms Herbert, Lurene Tuttle, Junius Matthews, Jack Kruschen, Joan Banks, Jeanne Bates, Peter Leeds, Larry Dobkin
Director: Warren Lewis
Producer: Warren Lewis
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Stan Freberg ShowStan Freberg Show
Show Count: 25
Broadcast History: 14 July 1957 to 20 October 1957
Cast: Stan Freberg, Peter Leeds, June Foray, Daws Butler
Producer: Stan Freberg, Peter Barnum
Broadcast: 7th July 1957
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Broadcast: 3rd May 1959
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Broadcast: 14th January 1952
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Broadcast: 10th April 1956
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Broadcast: 15th November 1955
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Broadcast: 8th September 1953
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Broadcast: January 30, 1950
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Broadcast: 2nd February 1953
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Broadcast: 17th December 1952
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Broadcast: 17th August 1956
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Broadcast: 9th August 1959
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Broadcast: 13th January 1955
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Broadcast: 3rd December 1949
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Broadcast: 13th July 1958
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Broadcast: 11th January 1959
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Broadcast: 8th March 1955
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Broadcast: 18th August 1957
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Broadcast: 8th September 1957
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Broadcast: 1st September 1957
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Broadcast: 22nd February 1950
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Broadcast: 28th September 1956
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Broadcast: 23rd May 1949
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Broadcast: 11th November 1954
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Broadcast: 7th February 1956
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Broadcast: 13th April 1951
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