Television: The Punk Who Made Good

On 3.7 acres of Hollywood real estate, he is king. Nine sound stages sound the alert when his footfall is heard; five companies now shooting television series await his Brooklynese benediction. He controls three of TV's top shows: Corner Pyle, Andy Griffith and Dick Van Dyke. I Spy, a rising comedy-adventure show, he owns outright. Yesterday, however, it was a different story. Producer Sheldon Leonard's climb has largely been from rags to rags; the riches are a very new addition.

Light Heavy. Born Sheldon Leonard Bershad on Manhattan's East Side, Leonard went...

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