Sex appeal du jour! He is the embodiment of charm and he has occupied a space in the hearts of women around the globe for three decades. Who is “he?” Actor, Leon Robinson of course! But when was it that the masses fell in love with Leon? Was it when he played Robin Givens’ boyfriend in the 1989 ABC miniseries The Women of Brewster Place, or when he was cast as Saint Martin de Porres in Madonna’s controversial 1989 music video Like a Prayer, or alongside Tom Cruise in 1983 in All the Right Moves, or his 1993 leading role in the film Cool Runnings? Whenever it was, Leon continues to be Hollywood’s “go-to” sex symbol to steam up the big screen and tug at the hearts of female moviegoers everywhere.
His wit, charm, talent, smile and killer physique has been just some of the reasons why Leon has enjoyed a career in film for 30 years. He has starred in some of the most memorable roles in film, television and stage and has worked with top billing actors. To his credit are Cliffhanger alongside John Lithgow, and Sylvester Stallone, Above the Rim, Waiting to Exhale, Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored, The Temptations, Little Richard, The Five Heartbeats and HBO series Oz.
And while he is known for his acting, Leon surprised his fans when he became lead singer of his own band, Leon and the Peoples in 2005. The band released their debut album, “The Road Less Traveled” in 2006 and in 2007, the band received a nomination for the CD from the International Reggae and World Music Award. Additionally, the band completed a 36 city US tour with reggae singers Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths on the “For The Love Of It Tour.” He was also a frequent surprise guest on Beres Hammond’s 2008 “A Moment in Time” US tour. In 2010, the band performed at the Aids Walk Concert in NYC’s Central Park.
With Singing and acting, Leon has so much more ground he would like to cover. And looking at his track record, there is no doubt that he will achieve what he sets out to. But don’t take our word for it! Hear it directly from the horse’s mouth in an exclusive one on one interview for our magazine.
PJM: You have starred in over 25 movies. Do you have a dream role that you have not yet played?
Leon Robinson: I have several and I’m sure some of them haven’t even been thought of yet. I yearn to do memorable roles in memorable movies, TV or stage, that’s all!!
PJM: Of all your Movies and TV series, do you have a favorite?
LR: No, cause I hardly ever watch the work that I do. I’m far too critical of myself. My favorite movies or shows are the ones that people like the most cause that is who I act for, you!! If it’s your favorite, then it’s mine.
PJM: What Actors or Directors would you like to work with that you have never worked with before?
LR: Far too many to list from the US & Overseas. I’m a big fan of the Irish director Jim Sheridan (“My Left Foot” and “In The Name of The Father”).