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Leonard Frey is a Actor American born on 4 september 1938 at Brooklyn (USA)

Leonard Frey

Leonard Frey
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Nationality USA
Birth 4 september 1938 at Brooklyn (USA)
Death 24 august 1988 (at 49 years) at New York City (USA)

Leonard Frey (September 4, 1938 – August 24, 1988) was an American actor.


Frey was born in Brooklyn, New York. After attending James Madison High School, he studied art at Cooper Union, with designs on being a painter, before switching to acting at New York City's Neighborhood Playhouse under famed acting coach Sanford Meisner, and pursued a career in theater instead.

Frey received critical acclaim in 1968 for his performance as Harold in off-Broadway's The Boys in the Band. He would go on to appear alongside the rest of the original cast in the 1970 film version, directed by William Friedkin.

Frey was nominated for a 1975 Tony Award as Best Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in The National Health. Other stage credits include revivals of The Time of Your Life (1969), Beggar on Horseback (1970), Twelfth Night (1972) and The Man Who Came to Dinner (1980). He also played Clare Quilty in the Alan Jay Lerner musical Lolita, My Love which closed, before reaching Broadway, in 1971.

Frey earned an Academy Award nomination as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as Motel the tailor in Norman Jewison's 1971 film Fiddler on the Roof (he had appeared in the original Broadway production as Mendel, the rabbi's son). His other film credits included roles in The Magic Christian (1969), Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon (1970), Where the Buffalo Roam (1980), Up the Academy (1980), and Tattoo (1981).

Frey's television credits included appearances on Hallmark Hall of Fame, Medical Center, Mission Impossible, Eight is Enough, Quincy, M.E., Hart to Hart, Barney Miller, Moonlighting, Murder, She Wrote, and the miniseries Testimony of Two Men, as well as a co-starring role as the villainous Parker Tillman on the short-lived ABC western comedy Best of the West.

On The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode entitled "Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcaster's School," aired February 22, 1975, Frey played the role of Lawrence.

Frey died at age 49 of an AIDS-related illness in New York on August 24, 1988.

His final role was Walter Witherspoon in the ABC's Disney television movie Bride of Boogedy.

Best films

Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Usually with

Peter Sellers
Peter Sellers
(1 films)
John Cleese
John Cleese
(1 films)
Art Linson
Art Linson
(1 films)
Bob Brooks
Bob Brooks
(1 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Leonard Frey (8 films)

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Bride of Boogedy, 1h40
Directed by Oz Scott
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Horror
Themes Children's films
Actors Richard Masur, Mimi Kennedy, Tammy Lauren, David Faustino, Leonard Frey, Eugene Levy
Roles Neil Witherspoon
Rating74% 3.7111453.7111453.7111453.7111453.711145
The movie begins about a year after the events of the first story. The Davis family has fit in very well with the townspeople of Lucifer Falls. Almost all of them, a grumpy general store owner Tom Lynch (played by Eugene Levy) has a great disdain for Carlton and the growing popularity he's gained among the townspeople. But that is the least of their worries, as the children Jennifer and two younger sons Corwin and Aurie begin to sense that Mr. Boogedy may return for revenge. Though both parents shrug off the idea, even after getting a warning from a fortune teller Madeleinska (played by Karen Kondazain). To put an end to their children's beliefs, Carlton and Eloise use their faux seance both to prove that Boogedy is gone. However, the two unwittingly awake his spirit while Carlton impersonates him; which may have been helped when Lynch almost tried to take out their store's power.
Tattoo (1981)
, 1h43
Directed by Bob Brooks
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Erotic thriller
Themes Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Erotic thriller films
Actors Bruce Dern, Maud Adams, Leonard Frey, John Getz, Cynthia Nixon, John Snyder
Roles Halsey
Rating51% 2.566962.566962.566962.566962.56696
Karl Kinsky (Dern) is a mentally ill tattoo artist who is hired to create temporary tattoos for some models. He becomes obsessed with one of them, Maddy (Adams), whom he kidnaps to force her to wear "his mark." He keeps her captive as he creates his masterpiece on her body. Throughout the ensuing captivity, Maddy tries several times to escape, but her attempts are continually thwarted by Kinsky.
Where the Buffalo Roam, 1h36
Directed by Art Linson
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Biography, Comedy, Action, Adventure, Historical
Actors Bill Murray, Peter Boyle, Bruno Kirby, René Auberjonois, R.G. Armstrong, Mark Metcalf
Roles Desk Clerk
Rating66% 3.3481853.3481853.3481853.3481853.348185
The film opens in the Rocky Mountains on the Colorado ranch of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson, a journalist furiously trying to finish a story about his former attorney and friend, Carl Lazlo, Esq. Thompson then flashes back to a series of exploits involving the author and his attorney.
Up the Academy, 1h27
Directed by Robert Downey Sr.
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Themes Military humor in film, Superhero films
Actors Ron Leibman, Ralph Macchio, Tom Poston, King Coleman, Barbara Bach, Ian Wolfe
Rating47% 2.3598952.3598952.3598952.3598952.359895
At the Sheldon R. Wienberg Academy, four young teens are sent to school and learn the discipline that the school teaches. Almost immediately, they don't like what is going on. Along the way, they plan their own actions from looking for girls to holding a party without the faculty's knowledge. The film's title comes from the fictitious academy itself.
Fiddler on the Roof, 2h52
Directed by Norman Jewison
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama, Musical, Romance
Themes Dance films, Films about music and musicians, Films about religion, Théâtre, Musical films, Films about Jews and Judaism, Films based on plays, Films based on musicals
Actors Chaim Topol, Norma Crane, Leonard Frey, Molly Picon, Paul Mann, Paul Michael Glaser
Roles Motel
Rating79% 3.9989453.9989453.9989453.9989453.998945
In 1905, Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman living in the Russian village of Anatevka, explains to the audience what keeps the Jews of Anatevka going is the balance they achieve through following their ancient traditions, comparing their precarious circumstance to a fiddler on a roof: trying to scratch out a pleasant tune, while not breaking their necks. The fiddler appears throughout the film as a metaphoric reminder of the Jews' ever-present fears and danger, and also as a symbol of the traditions Tevye is trying to hold on to as his world changes around him. While in town, Tevye meets Perchik, a radical Marxist from Kiev. Tevye invites Perchik to stay with him and his family, and as a deal, offers him food, in exchange for Perchik tutoring his daughters.
Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon, 1h53
Directed by Otto Preminger
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romance
Themes Films about disabilities
Actors Liza Minnelli, Robert Moore, Ken Howard, James Coco, Kay Thompson, Fred Williamson
Roles Guiles
Rating63% 3.1983853.1983853.1983853.1983853.198385
The film stars Liza Minnelli as the title character Junie Moon, a girl whose face is scarred in a vicious battery acid attack by her boyfriend (Ben Piazza). Later in an institution, she meets a man with epilepsy (Ken Howard), and a gay paraplegic who uses a wheelchair (Robert Moore). Disabled, but not down, they live together in an older, rented house and bond, determined to prove themselves and to help each other.
The Boys in the Band, 1h55
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, Films based on plays, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Kenneth Nelson, Leonard Frey, Cliff Gorman, Laurence Luckinbill, Frederick Combs, Keith Prentice
Roles Harold
Rating76% 3.844733.844733.844733.844733.84473
The film is set in an Upper East Side apartment in New York City in the late 1960s. Michael, a Roman Catholic sporadically-employed writer, and recovering alcoholic, is preparing to host a birthday party for his friend Harold. Another of his friends, Donald, a self-described underachiever who has moved from the city, arrives and helps Michael prepare. Alan, Michael's (presumably straight) old college roommate from Georgetown, calls with an urgent need to see Michael. Michael reluctantly agrees and invites him to come over.
The Magic Christian, 1h32
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy
Actors Peter Sellers, Ringo Starr, John Cleese, Raquel Welch, Christopher Lee, Caroline Blakiston
Roles Laurence Faggot
Rating60% 3.049993.049993.049993.049993.04999
Sir Guy Grand (Peter Sellers), an eccentric billionaire, together with his newly adopted heir (formerly a homeless derelict), Youngman Grand (Ringo Starr), start playing elaborate practical jokes on people. A big spender, Grand does not mind handing out large sums of money to various people, bribing them to fulfill his whims, or shocking them by bringing down what they hold dear. Their misadventures are designed as a display of father Grand to his adoptive charge that "everyone has their price"—it just depends on the amount one is prepared to pay. They start from rather minor spoofs, like bribing a Shakespearean actor (Laurence Harvey) to strip during a stage performance of Hamlet, and convincing a traffic warden (Spike Milligan) to take back a parking ticket and eat it (delighted by the size of the bribe, he eats its plastic cover too) and proceed with increasingly elaborate stunts involving higher social strata and wider audiences. As their conversation reveals, Grand sees his plots as 'educational' ("Well, you know, Youngman, sometimes it's not enough merely to teach. One has to punish as well").