Leonard Barr (September 27, 1903-November 22, 1980)

The other day I picked up a copy of The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts and while watching the Roast of Jack Klugman and Tony Randall (stars of TVs The Odd Couple) I was introduced to this gaunt, deadpan comic with a delivery like slow poison and the appearance of an undertaker, the brilliant Leonard Barr.

Since I am sure most of you are unfamiliar with Leonard, let me tell you a few things about him. Most notably he was the uncle of Dean Martin (brother of Deans mother, Angela). Although a comedian for the majority of his life it was his appearances on The Dean Martin show, and his success on the talk show circuit that brought him widespread recognition in his later years and led to movie roles in The Sting and the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever (he played comedians in both).

He was also briefly portrayed in the 2000 film Almost Famous by the films director, Cameron Crowe (bottom picture).

You may not agree with a woman, but to criticize her appearance — as opposed to her ideas or actions — isn’t doing anyone any favors, least of all you. Insulting a woman’s looks when they have nothing to do with the issue at hand implies a lack of comprehension on your part, an inability to engage in high-level thinking. You may think she’s ugly, but everyone else thinks you’re an idiot.
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