Leon Robinson Biography
Leon Robinson (born Leon Preston Robinson IV) is an American actor and singer who started his professional career as a film actor in the early 1980s. He is best known for his roles as David Ruffin in the TV film The Temptations (1998), J.T. Matthews in the 1991 Robert Townsend film The Five Heartbeats, Derice Bannock in the 1993 film Cool Runnings, Shep in the 1994 basketball drama film Above the Rim, and Little Richard in the 2000 film Little Richard.
Leon Robinson Age
Robinson is 61 years old as of 2023. He was born on March 8, 1962, in New York City, New York, the United States of America. In addition, he celebrates his birthday on March 8th every year.
Leon Robinson Height, Weight
Robinson stands at an approximate height of 6 feet 3 inches and weighs approximately 209 lbs (95 kg).
Leon Robinson Education
Robinson attended Loyola Marymount University. At the institution, he has been actively involved ins ports, playing basketball for his school team. He soon started to develop an interest in the creative arts and was not willing to let anything put him down. After his graduation, Leon decided to pursue a career in acting and started scouting for roles, hopping from one audition to the other.
Leon Robinson Family, Parents
Robinson is the son of Antoniette Robinson and Leon Preston Robinson III. However, he has not disclosed details about his siblings.
Leon Robinson Wife
Robinson is happily married to his wife Kirbie Wallace since 2017 after breaking up from his previous relationship with Cynthia Bailey of Real Housewives of Atlanta. However, Leon and Cynthia have a daughter, Noelle Robinson. The duo had started their relationship in the late 90s and even engaged in a private ceremony.
Cynthia wedded her current husband Peter Thomas on July 24, 2010, at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History. The couple now shares two children; Noelle’s step-siblings named Porsche and Blaze Thomas.
Leon Robinson Career
Robinson started his acting career in the 80s featuring the movies like; All the Right Movies, Notre Dame, and The Flamingo Kid. From the start of his career, Leon has featured alongside notable personalities like Tom Cruise and others. This somewhat brought his career into the limelight.
However, he was far from prominence until 1991 when he was featured in the popular movie The Five Heartbeats. The movie sold for millions of dollars and was a huge success at the box office, earning him a lot of accolades. His fame also meant more notable movie roles as he continued to rise to fame. In 1993, he featured in another movie Cool Runnings.
Leon co-starred as John Lithgow’s henchman in Renny Harlin’s Cliffhanger and then played a disillusioned ex-jock in Above the Rim, both directed by John Landis (1994). Robinson also played Lela Rochon’s married lover in Waiting to Exhale, directed by Forest Whitaker and starring Whitney Houston, as well as a starring role in Side Streets, produced by Merchant/Ivory and starring Rosario Dawson.
He co-wrote and co-starred in the 1997 romantic drama The Price of Kissing with Pauley Perrette. He also appeared in Tim Reid’s film Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored, which won Best Picture at the NAACP Image Awards. Leon has received praise for his portrayals of three singers: David Ruffin in the 1998 NBC miniseries The Temptations, Little Richard in the self-titled 2000 NBC movie biography, and JT in the 20th Century Fox film The Five Heartbeats, directed by Robert Townsend.
He was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Little Richard. During this time, Robinson joined the ensemble casts of two TV shows, playing the popular Jefferson Keane on HBO’s first series, Oz, and Lawrence Hill on Showtime’s Resurrection Blvd., as well as a co-starring role as “Stoney” best friend of Joaquin Phoenix in Miramax’ military drama Buffalo Soldiers, an uncredited role as “Joseph 13 X” in Michael Mann’s award-winning biopic, Ali starring Will Smith.
In 2008, Robinson appeared in the 20th Century Fox thriller Cover, directed by Bill Duke, and in the indie comedy The Brooklyn Heist, directed by Julian Mark Kheel, alongside Danny Masterson and Dominique Swain. Robinson was named one of the Sexiest Actors of All Time by AOL Black Voices in 2009. Between 2013 and 2014, he appeared in four films: the romantic comedy I Really Hate My Ex, written and directed by Troy Beyer, the southern drama Soul Ties, based on Tee Austin’s book, the indie rock/drama 37 and the romantic drama, And Then There Was You, co-starring Garcelle Beauvais. 2018 “40 & single” stars.
Leon Robinson Music Career
Beyond acting, Leon has been the lead vocalist and writer of the popular band, Leon and the Peoples. He has led the band to many concerts in different places such as NYC’s Central Park in 2010 and the 2013 AIDS Walk Concerts. Moreover, they performed in the 2011 Aspen Jazz Fest, New Orleans Music Festival, Reggae on River, and Bet’s popular 106 and Park were also part of his concerts.
He was part of music productions like For The Love Of It Tour, Love Is A Beautiful Thing, and others.
Leon Robinson’s Net Worth
Robinson has an estimated net worth of $1.5 million. This included his assets, money, and income. His income is mainly from his successful career as a singer and actor.