Phil Leeds

Phil Leeds
Phil Leeds in Ghost - 1990.jpg

Phil Leeds, shown here in the hit film Ghost (1990).
General Actor Information
Born: (1916-04-06)April 6, 1916
Birthplace New York City, New York, U.S.
Died August 16, 1998(1998-08-16) (aged 82)
Death Location Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Years active: 1949–1998
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court in guest appearance
appeared in:
"An Old Flame" in Season 2
Appears as: Judge Arnold Koppelson

Phil Leeds (April 6, 1916 – August 16, 1998) appeared as Judge Arnold Koppelson, a judge who served on the Manhattan Municipal Court for 30 years before it was discovered by Mac that he wasn't really a judge at all, in the episode of Night Court titled "An Old Flame". A veteran stand-up comedian and character actor, [1] Leeds' wizened features made him a distinctive presence.


Leeds was born in New York City, the son of a post office clerk.[2] He started his career as a standup comedian and then went on to appear in several TV sitcoms, including All In The Family, Three's Company, Wings, Ally McBeal, Everybody Loves Raymond, and The Larry Sanders Show, as well as making guest appearances in The Patty Duke Show, The Monkees, The Odd Couple, Happy Days, Friends, Mad About You, The Dick Van Dyke Show, and The Golden Girls. At age 80, he appeared on an episode of Roseanne in which Roseanne finds herself drawn into a creepy '90s version of Rosemary's Baby (Leeds played the role of "Dr. Shand" in the original 1968 film). Leeds also memorably appeared as a fellow ghost in the 1990 film Ghost.


Leeds died of pneumonia on August 16, 1998, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles at age 82. The November 9, 1998, episode of Ally McBeal, "Happy Trails," featured footage of his prior appearances on the show, eulogizing his character.


  1. "Phil Leeds, 82, Comic on Stage and Screen.", New York Times, August 21, 1998. Retrieved on 2007-09-25. 
  2. Phil Leeds Biography ((?)-)
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