ACCOMPLISHED. This single word not only accurately depicts Leonard's nearly 20 years as an an actor, singer, writer and producer, but it also depicts the totality of his life.
Born in Somers Point, NJ, he grew up just a few minutes away in a small town called Pleasantville where he became known for his basketball skills, delivering Martin Luther King's "I Have a Dream" speech and being a top student.
Perhaps, every human being has a single moment that defines their life. For Leonard, this moment came when his high school principal asked him to perform Dr. King's unforgettable speech in front of a congregation of nearly 800 people at a church ceremony commemorating Dr. King's birthday during his sophomore year in high school. This singular moment resulted in an epiphany that would forever change his life. Afterward, he convinced his principal to pay for acting classes for him. The next year, he founded his own theater production company, Cineplay Productions, which he still operates. Later that year, he was cast as Corporal Dawson in a community theater production of "A Few Good Men." His performance, according to director Helen Vaspoli, was among the finest she had seen in her 40 years of theater. Following high school, and upon being selected as an Edward J Bloustein scholar, he was accepted to The University of the Arts, Montclair State University, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy, and Fordham University for which he chose in honor of one of his childhood heroes, Denzel Washington.
Fast forward to the present day and this tall, striking actor known for his voice and smile is busier than ever with movie releases in 2013 and 2014. One of these is the new animated movie "Legends of Oz" with Lea Michele, Dan Aykroyd, Jim Belushi, Kelsey Grammar and Bernadette Peters for which he voices two characters. He also shares the screen with Ernie Hudson, Todd Bridges, Cynda Williams and K.D Aubert in "Turning Point." Finally, Hylo (based on the Slenderman Mythos) in which he stars as a private investigator is already out on DVD. He was also seen by more than 3 million people worldwide as AME founder Richard Allen in the film "Apostle of Freedom." ( He also narrated the film). He reprised his role as Allen in the television episode "Fever: 1793," which appeared on ABC and was recently nominated for 4 EMMY Awards. On stage, Leonard has received rave reviews for his starring roles in August Wilson's, "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom" and "The Piano Lesson" along with "A Raisin in the Sun" and such world-premieres as the musical "Battlecry" and "Heartbreaker." He is set to soon star as the legendary Luther Vandross in a stage musical about his life.
Equally as busy in the voiceover world, Leonard won a silver ADDY Award for best TV and radio spot for his work as the official voice of Boomtown Casino. His voice is also one of the new voices for Centerlight Healthcare and the African Art Museum. His voice over resume is as diverse as his career with national promos for American-Idol Ruben Studdard and the NCAA Recyclemania campaign and regional promos for such entities as the Miami Marlins. He has narrated several audiobooks including Dr. Creflo Dollar's "8 Steps to Create the Life You Want" and Ron Gardener's "Take Brave Steps," and served as a special guest public address announcer for independent league, professional baseball team, the Atlantic City Surf. If you watch VH1 or MTV you may have seen him as the spokesperson for the new CollisionMax commercials. Leonard has also had two past record deals and has been a member of ASCAP since 1998. His song "This Thanksgiving" from his CD "Vitamin L" has been in rotation on radio and in 2011 he produced and directed a music video based on the song. His new single "Rock" is currently generating tremendous buzz and his new CD "Soul of a Pisces" is expected in 2014.
Leonard is married and has two girls and three stepchildren at home. (2 boys and 1 girl).