This article will answer every question you have about Leonard Whiting. Below are some of the frequently asked questions about him.
- What does Leonard do for a living?
- Who are Leonard’s parents and siblings?
- What are Leonard’s interests and hobbies?
- Is Leonard married or does he have a girlfriend/ boyfriend?
- Does Leonard have any children?
- Where is Leonard now?
- How tall is Leonard?
- How much money does Leonard earn?
- What is Leonard’s net worth?
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Who is Leonard Whiting?
Leonard Whiting is a well-known British retired actor and singer widely known for his role as Romeo in the 1968 Zeffirelli film version of Romeo and Juliet. This is a role that earned him the Golden Globe Award for New Star of the Year – Actor.
How Old Is Leonard Whiting?
He is 72 years old as of January 2023, having been born on June 30, 1950, in London, England. Leonard shares his birthdate with celebrities such as; Mike Tyson, Cheryl Ann Tweedy, TinaKitten, Michael Phelps, ImDavisss, and many more.
Leonard Whiting Family
Who are Leonard Whiting’s Parents?
He was born to Arthur Leonard Whiting (Father) and Peggy Joyce O’Sullivan (Mother).
Does Leonard have Siblings?
He has two sisters by the name of Anne Whiting and Linda Whiting.
Leonard Whiting Education
He received his education at St. Joseph’s R.C. Highgate and St. Richard of Chichester School.
Leonard Whiting’s Marital Status
He is married to the love of his life Lynn Presser. They married in 1995. However, despite being married, he has also been previously married to Cathee Dahmen (born on September 16, 1945, but died on November 25, 1997). They married in 1971 but divorced in 1977. Following his divorce from Cathee, he had a relationship with Valerie Tobin.
Leonard Whiting Kids
He has two kids. One kid with his ex-late wife Cathee, a daughter by the name of Sarah Beth Whiting (who died in 2014 from cervical cancer). And another kid with her ex-girlfriend Valerie, a daughter by the name of Charlotte Westenra.
Leonard Whiting Career
As a child, he had some success as a singer, almost winning a Butlin’s Talent Contest (he came second) hosted in the holiday camp’s packed-out Gaiety Theatre. Later, he was spotted by a theatrical agent at the Connaught Rooms Holborn where he was performing at a Jewish wedding at the age of 12. He only sang the song (“Summertime”) which he released as a one-off song with the group Teal Lewis and the Fortunes who provided the evening entertainment.
This was set up by his father to get Leonard noticed. After hearing him sing, the agent suggested he try out for Lionel Bart’s Oliver! which constantly needed a replacement for its child performances. For 15 months, he played the Artful Dodger in the long-running London musical and for 13 months in 1965-1966 appeared at Laurence Oliver’s National Theatre production of William Congreve’s Love for Love opposite Olivier, which toured Moscow and Berlin. From 300 youngsters who auditioned over a period of more than three months, director Franco Zeffirelli described his discovery:
“He has a magnificent face, gentle melancholy, sweet, the kind of idealistic young man Romeo ought to be”.His voice caught the attention of Abbey Road and The Dark Side of the Moon engineer Alan Parsons in the mid-1970s. At the time, Alan was in the process of recording what was to be the first album by the Alan Parsons Project, Tales of Mystery and Imagination. Leonardo then performed lead vocals on the song “The Raven”. He also narrated the introduction of the five-part musical renditions of The Fall of the House of Usher on the original 1976 album which was then replaced by Orson Welles on the 1987 remixed version.
Between November 27, 1978, and January 17, 1979, he was cast as the Pharaoh in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. This was a Ken Hill production with the Pharaoh played by Leonard in the style of Elvis Presley. In 1990, he provided the voice of the Urpney scientist in the children’s animated television series The Dreamstone. After voicing the character for three seasons, for the fourth and final season, he was replaced by Colin Marsh. He then reunited with Olivia Hussey in 2014 for the film Social Suicide (2015), their first together in the 46 years since Romeo and Juliet.
Leonard Whiting Height and Measurements
Adding up to his well-built body is a height of 5ft 8 inches (1.73m) and has unknown weight.
Leonard Whiting’s Salary and Net Worth
His salary is not mentioned on the internet but has an estimated net worth of $5 million.