co-wrote, co-produced and appears in Employee of the Month
, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. Before his feature-writing career began, Leggett wrote and directed successful stage plays, from Los Angeles to London's West End. He continues to direct the Toronto production of Tony and Tina's Wedding
, which has been running continuously for the last five years.
A native of Tomahawk, Wisconsin, Leggett spent five years working in the local paper mill while attending the University of Wisconsin, before graduating with degrees in theater and history. After working as a stage actor from Seattle to New York, Leggett eventually settled in Chicago and began performing with Del Close's Improv Olympic comedy troupe and working with the Second City Theatre. He then formed his own threeperson group, the award-winning Blue Velveeta, which went on to become one of Chicago's most successful improv comedy troupes. That success led to a decision to relocate to Los Angeles and, soon after, a series regular spot on Fox's In Living Color, as well as guest-starring roles on series ranging from ER to NYPD Blue and a memorable appearance as lovelorn suitor Harry Pippin on Ally McBeal.
His film roles include Leroy in Hit Me, with director Steven Shainberg (director of Secretary), Mud Face in Hero, from director Stephen Frears, and Reilly in Normal Life, with director John McNaugliton.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.
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