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Also Known As: Joshua Granville Leonard Died:
Born: June 17, 1975 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: cameraman, actor, photographer, videographer, production assistant, band promoter, teacher, gardener, caretaker, research intern

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With his blond good looks, Joshua Leonard may have qualified as the "bimbo" of "The Blair Witch Project" (1999) and led to his early demise, but his career along with that of co-star Heather Donahue, has taken off. Once rumored to be dead at the hands of the mythical legend, the laid-back cameraman who disappeared in the middle of the night is very much alive and working steadily in both independent and studio features.The son of a theater professor, Leonard was raised in State College, Pennsylvania. As a six-year-old, he was shanghaied by his dad into appearing in plays like "Life With Father." By the time he hit puberty, though, Leonard had decided that acting "was the last thing I wanted to do with my life." Instead, he pushed to obtain his GED at age 16 and underwent survival training with Outward Bound as preparation for a year and a half stay in Mexico where he volunteered with a youth services organization. After teaching poor children in Puebla, working as a gardener and hiking through the jungles of Central and South America, Leonard headed home to spend a year at Penn State. Growing restless, he opted instead to head to Manhattan and try his luck as a filmmaker and photographer.In the Big...

With his blond good looks, Joshua Leonard may have qualified as the "bimbo" of "The Blair Witch Project" (1999) and led to his early demise, but his career along with that of co-star Heather Donahue, has taken off. Once rumored to be dead at the hands of the mythical legend, the laid-back cameraman who disappeared in the middle of the night is very much alive and working steadily in both independent and studio features.

The son of a theater professor, Leonard was raised in State College, Pennsylvania. As a six-year-old, he was shanghaied by his dad into appearing in plays like "Life With Father." By the time he hit puberty, though, Leonard had decided that acting "was the last thing I wanted to do with my life." Instead, he pushed to obtain his GED at age 16 and underwent survival training with Outward Bound as preparation for a year and a half stay in Mexico where he volunteered with a youth services organization. After teaching poor children in Puebla, working as a gardener and hiking through the jungles of Central and South America, Leonard headed home to spend a year at Penn State. Growing restless, he opted instead to head to Manhattan and try his luck as a filmmaker and photographer.

In the Big Apple, Leonard found work taking portraits of musicians, toiled as a band promoter, acted in the occasional student film and worked as in various production capacities on shorts and documentaries. In 1998, he auditioned for and landed one of the three principal roles in an experimental independent feature that turned out to be "The Blair Witch Project." Although he reportedly only earned an initial salary of $500, the experience proved rewarding in other ways as the mock documentary shot in "extreme realism" combined his twin loves of acting and photography. After the midnight screening at Sundance and the subsequent hype, Leonard and his co-stars found themselves in the enviable position of being in demand. (Appearing on the cover of Newsweek also didn't hurt.) He accepted a number of acting roles and remained busy, surfacing in "Sacrifice" (aired on HBO), starring Michael Madsen and Bokeem Woodbine, and starring as a struggling playwright and moral center of "In the Weeds" (both 2000), a cliche-transcending look behind a high-powered midtown Manhattan restaurant, boasting outstanding performances by the likes of Eric Bogosian (as the restaurant's sadistic owner) and Molly Ringwald (as the fragile veteran waitress Chloe). Leonard made his first appearance in a studio film supporting Cuba Gooding, Jr in "Men of Honor" (2000), the story of the first African-American Navy diver Carl Brashear, and followed with Scott Kalvert's "Deuces Wild" (2001), executive produced by Martin Scorsese.

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DIRECTOR:

1.
  Lie, The (2011)
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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Unsane (2018)
2.
 6 Years (2015)
3.
 WildLike (2015)
4.
 Ever After, The (2014)
6.
 If I Stay (2014)
8.
 Motel Life, The (2013)
9.
 Clutter (2013)
10.
 Plastic Jesus (2012)
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2001:
Cast as Punchy in Scott Kalvert's "Deuces Wild"; executive produced by Martin Scorsese
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Cast by his father in plays like "Life With Father"
2006:
Co-starred with Tim Allen in a remake of Walt Disney's 1959 favorite "The Shaggy Dog"
2000:
Had a small part in the HBO movie "Sacrifice"
2000:
Made the most of his opportunity as a romantic lead in "In the Weeds"
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Underwent survival training with Outward Bound as preparation for a year and a half stay in Mexico
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Worked as a photographer for <i>Black Book</i>; covered the 1998 Sundance Film Festival
2009:
Co-starred in the comedy film "Humpday"
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Moved to Los Angeles
1999:
Played the laid-back cameraman Joshua in "The Blair Witch Project"; premiered at the Sundance Film Festival
2001:
Played the lead in the Australian-produced horror film "Cubbyhouse"
2005:
Had a recurring role on "CSI: Miami" (CBS)
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Returned to the US to attend Penn State and later moved to New York City
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Began acting in student films
2002:
Cast in the HBO original movie "Live from Baghdad"
2000:
First studio film, "Men of Honor," starring Cuba Gooding Jr. as Carl Brashear, the Navy's first African-American master diver
2014:
Small cameo in HBO's "True Detective"
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Education

New York Film Academy School of Film and Acting: New York, New York -
Pennsylvania State University: University Park, Pennsylvania -

Notes

On "The Blair Witch Project": "When we signed on to do the project, one of the first things they told us was, 'Your safety is our concern. Your comfort is not.' And they made that blatantly clear from the very beginning. You understand that intellectually, but still there's no way to really prepare. When you're on your third PowerBar day, when your cigarettes are gone, when you haven't showered, when you've been kept awake, when you've got a sleep deprivation thing going, when you're exhausted, when there's two inches of rain in the bottom of your tent--you've got to act. You're wiping your ass with leaves and you're with two total strangers 24 hours a day and there are babies crying outside your tents at 4 in the morning. There's only so much that you can intellectually prepare for, and then you go out and that's where you get the method, that's where you get reality." --Joshua Leonard to Salon, July 13, 1999

"I had heard about the project about a year before they cast it. So I called the directors and harassed them, about once a month, for a year. They called me in for one audition and called me up after and said, 'You've got the role.' So I went into all the callbacks and was the stable character for everyone to read off of. I did one call that was about four hours long where I was just in character the whole time and they would bring different actresses in. So finally they cast Heather [Donahue]. She and I worked together really well. We had very different dynamics that worked. And off of that we found Mike [Williams], who was the third piece of the machinery." --Leonard to MrShowbiz.com

"I'm not the most talented guy in the world, and I have no delusions about that. I know so many talented people who have never had the kind of public exposure that I'm fortunate enough to get at this point." --Joshua Leonard quoted in San Francisco Chronicle, August 17, 1999.

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father:
Robert Leonard. College professor. Taught theater at Penn State University.
mother:
Joann Leonard.
brother:
Jon Leonard.

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