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Leon Acord Returns (actor/creator Old Dogs New Tricks)

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Leon was born on May 23 in Kokomo, Indiana, and grew up on several different farms in the general area. Moving frequently led Leon to develop a fantasy life at an early age, and when he wasn't on a tractor or a horse, he was reading, writing short plays and recording them on audio-cassette, and watching TV comedy of the late 1970s.

It was then Leon realized acting was his destiny. He began what he calls "Musical-Comedy High School," acting in high-school and community-theatre productions throughout Indiana, such as Guys & Dolls, Arsenic & Old Lace, Brigadoon, Wait Until Dark and Li'l Abner. He also wrote, directed and acted in, along with a childhood friend, a series of short films called Wonder Twins, which he shot with his mother's home movie camera.

Following graduation, Leon attended Indiana University, where he studied theatre, English literature and journalism. Leon landed his first paying show-biz gig during this time--an amateur-night appearance at The Club Showbar in Indianapolis led to a six-month nightclub act. A couple years shy of legal drinking age, Leon hid out in the dressing room between sets. Leon is the creator and star of the hit web-series, Old Dogs New Tricks. Join us as we discuss his plans for season 3 and the indiegogo campaign to help fund it.