Born in the Bronx New York, and raised in an area known as The Valley. A graduate of NEW YORK’S HIGH SCHOOL OF PERFORMING ARTS, Mr. Leake is one of the most versatile performers on the American theater scene. He has performed as an actor/ singer/ dancer/ director/ musician/ composer/ musical director/ vocal arranger/ playwright/ stage fight choreographer and ventriloquist at various points in his 45+ year career.
As an actor he has appeared ON, OFF and OFF OFF BROADWAY in shows ranging from: THE BASIC TRAINING OF PAVLO HUMMEL, WHOSE LIFE IS IT ANYWAY? and MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM. to: BLACK EAGLES, JULIUS CAESAR, AS YOU LIKE IT and ROMEO AND JULIET. He has performed in regional theaters throughout the country in a variety of classical, contemporary, dramatic and comedic roles, including OTHELLO and PROSPERO in THE TEMPEST.
His film credits include; COTTON CLUB, APOCALYPSE NOW, THE EXPERIMENT, and THE GREAT DEBATERS. On Television he has appeared as Dr. Kenneth Clark in SEPARATE BUT EQUAL, also RESURRECTION BOULEVARD, BOOMTOWN, NUMBERS, NIP/TUCK, WEST WING, WITHOUT A TRACE, PRISON BREAK, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, SCANDAL, HOW TO GET AWAY WITH MURDER and MAJOR CRIMES, and the daytime dramas AS THE WORLD TURNS and GENERAL HOSPITAL.
A self-taught musician/composer, his first musical CHILD OF THE SUN won the Richard Rodgers Production Award. His other compositions are LIVING IN THE RHYTHM SECTION and DRIP BY DROP BY LEAKE. He is the author of the dramas TILL SUNDOWN TOMORROW [STORIES MY FATHER TOLD ME.] And WE BOYS. He is currently working on a new musical THE GHOST OF JOHNNY HERO.
He is also a World Class Master’s Track and Field athlete, and is currently National Champion in the 100 meters. Multi-National Champion in the 50 meters, 60 meters and Long Jump. And is most proud of the young Junior Olympic athletes he coaches in his spare time.