Joshua Leonard is a Los Angeles based actor, writer and filmmaker who first garnered attention for his memorable role in the 1999’s lo-fi thriller The Blair Witch Project. In 2000, he appeared in HBO’s Sacrifice, starring Michael Madsen and Bokeem Woodbine, and in In the Weeds, starring Eric Bogosian and Molly Ringwald. Leonard made his studio film debut with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Men of Honor and followed with an appearance in Scott Kalvert’s Deuces Wild in 2001. In 2004, he starred in the horror film, Madhouse.
Leonard directed the short film, The Youth in Us (Sundance ’05). In 2008, he co-directed the art documentary, Beautiful Losers, which won the Grand Jury prize at Cinevegas that same year. He has also directed music videos for many popular acts, such as Morcheeba, Harper Simon, and Fitz and the Tantrums.
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’s United 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 debut Higher 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.
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Joshua has joined forces again with fellow Blair Witch Project actor, Michael Williams and Blair Witch Project director, Eduardo Sanchez. The trio have created a 14 webisode series spoofing The Blair Witch Project. It’s called Four Corners of Fear and you can view on: http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=four+corners+of+fear&sm=3
You can catch Joshua most recently on Four Good Days, MacGyver (TV Series), Fully Realized Humans, Two Eyes and Bliss.