MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Mount Vernon’s Leon Preston Robinson IV!
Robinson, who grew up in Mount Vernon, turns 53 on Sunday.
Leon Preston Robinson IV, usually credited as simply Leon, an actor and singer, who began his professional career as an actor in 1982, was born March 8, 1962 in New York City.
Leon produced as well as starred in the 1997 romantic drama "The Price of Kissing" with "NCIS" stat Pauley Parette. He also starred in the movie "Once Upon A Time When We Were Colored," directed by Tim Reid and winner of Best Picture at the NAACP Image Awards.
In theater, Leon has head lined three national tours, with sold out performances at Hollywood's Kodak Theater, NYC's Beacon Theater, Detroit's Fox Theater, the Warner Theater in DC and more in ''Friends and Lovers" (2005) 'based on Eric Jerome Dickey's New York Times best selling book. In 2009 and 2010 as a soldier returning from Iraq in ''3 Ways to Get A Husband'' co-starring Billy Dee Williams and in 2012, the revival of ''Why Do Good Girls Like Bad Boys.''
Leon, who is also a professional singer, is the lead vocalist & songwriter of his own band, Leon and the Peoples. In 2007, he received an International Reggae and World Music Award nomination for the band's debut CD "The Road Less Traveled," winner of Best International Artist at the Joe Higgs Reggae Awards and completed a 36 city US tour with reggae greats Beres Hammond and Marcia Griffiths titled the "For The Love Of It Tour".