As an actor, Leonard has liked to work in projects that push the envelope, having roles in HBO’s acclaimed series Hung, as well as, Showtime’sUnited States of Tara. He starred in the 2009 Independent Spirit Award-winning film, Humpday; winning Best Actor at the Gijón International Film Festival for his role. In 2010, Leonard earned one of the lead roles in the psychological thriller Bitter Feast.
Leonard had two Sundance favorites released in 2012 — As an actor, he starred in Vera Farmiga’s directorial debutHigher Ground, playing a man at odds with his wife (Farmiga). He also co-wrote, directed and starred in The Lie, a devilish morality tale adapted from the story by acclaimed author, T.C. Boyle. The project co-starred indie darlings Mark Webber, Jess Weixler, and Jane Adams.
Most recently, he had the pleasure of starring opposite Emile Hirsch and Kris Kristofferson in The Motel Life, an adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel. Television has been very good to Joshua with several high profile roles in True Detective, Bones, Bates Motel, and Scorpion. In addition to writing, directing and acting, Leonard teaches at The New York Film Academy, UC Irvine, and Academia Internacional De Cinema in Sao Paolo, Brazil.