Our guest today is the delightful Leon Acord. In the episode the actor and author talks about his book, SUB-LEBRITY The Queer Life of a Show-Biz Footnote, life during lock down, dealing with "fame", relationships, success, and more. His book is available on Amazon, and is a must read. Enjoy the episode!
“A life in the arts is richly rewarding, even if it doesn't reward one with riches.”
From Indiana farm boy to San Francisco queer-theatre veteran...From creator/star of the seminal gay web TV series Old Dogs & New Tricks to his infamous role as Cindy Brady's political arch-enemy...
Actor Leon Acord's story, told in his singular, cheeky voice, is “like any other Hollywood memoir...the only difference is, I'm not famous!”
Leon was born in Kokomo, Indiana on May 23, 1963, and grew up on several different farms in the area. Moving frequently led Leon to develop a fantasy life at an early age, and he acted in high-school and community-theatre productions throughout Indiana.
He continues to perform in independent and short films, as well as many USC student shorts, most recently starring as "Morton" in Arvin Bautista's thesis film "Deer Season" which screened in USC's 2007 "First Look" festival.
In 2006, he portrayed bumbling ex-boyfriend "Simon" in the world premiere of Rose Martula's stage comedy "Salsa Saved the Girls" at the Eclectic Co. Theatre.
In 2009 he co-produced and recreated his role of Quentin Crisp in an LA production of "Carved in Stone" that ran over 12 weeks and garnered rave reviews.
In 2011, Leon began the web TV series 'Old Dogs & New Tricks,' an ensemble comedy which he also created, wrote and co-executive produced. The series completed its first season and is in preproduction on Season 2.
In 2012, Leon was named #3 on web-series journal Placevine's "Top 10 Emerging Web Series Stars of 2012" for his web series 'Old Dogs & New Tricks'
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