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Leon (1962–)

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LEON (1962–). Actor. This Bronx, New York-born actor has portrayed three legendary singers: Little Richard, Jackie Wilson, and David Ruffin of the Temptations. He also portrayed a singer in Robert Townsend ‘s The Five Heartbeats , inspired by the soul group The Dells. His television guest starring appearances include Hunter, L. A. Law, Central Park West, Oz , and Crossing Jordan , and he portrayed the Jesus character in Madonna’s controversial “Like a Prayer” music video.

Filmography: All the Right Moves , 1983; Sole Survivor , 1983; Streetwalkin’ , 1984; The Flamingo Kid , 1984; Band of the Hand , 1986; The Lawless Land , 1988; Colors , 1988; The Women of Brewster Place , 1989; The Five Heartbeats , 1991; Cliffhanger , 1993; Cool Runnings , 1993; Above the Rim , 1994; Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored , 1995; Waiting to Exhale , 1995; Spirit Lost , 1996; Pure Danger , 1996; The Price of Kissing , 1997; Side Streets , 1998; The Temptations , 1998; Friends & Lovers , 1999; Bats , 1999; Mr. Rock and Roll , 1999; Little Richard , 2000; Buffalo Soldiers , 2001; Four Faces of God , 2002.

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