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

Career Edit

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 BabyBeachesAll in the FamilyThree's CompanyNight CourtWingsAlly McBealEverybody Loves RaymondThe Larry Sanders ShowBarney MillerCar 54, Where Are You?The Patty Duke ShowThe MonkeesThe Odd CoupleHappy DaysFriendsMad About YouThe 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 1990s 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).

Death Edit

Leeds died of pneumonia on August 16, 1998 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 82. "Happy Trails," an episode of Ally McBeal, featured footage of his prior appearances on the show, eulogizing his character.

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