"The show is all comedy...but it allows me to be a straight man, especially with Kevin as the main man," said actor
Leonard Earl Howze about his role in the CBS series "Kevin Can Wait," which airs on Monday nights at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
Leonard went into acting wanting to be a dramatic actor but it was comedy roles that gravitated towards him.
"When I first came out of school I envisioned
myself being much more dramatic. One of the tools they taught is versatility," said Howze.
That training allowed him to be what ever type of actor
he needed to be. That versatility garnered him a role in the film Barbershop, where he
played a Nigerian named Dinka. He also starred in Netflix's True Memoirs of an International
Assassin, Antwone Fisher and The Lone Ranger. It was in his role on NCIS (Season 8) that he learned perseverance.
"I got to see what Navy life was like doing Antwone Fisher. I learned
patience and perseverance. I got first hand training," he said. "It's (acting)
not for everybody. My faith keeps me grounded. My belief is what God has for me is for
me. I can't stop."
Leonard did not stop he even
takes on roles in independent films such as Live Cargo with LaKeith Stanfield and Brave
New Jersey with Erika Alexander. He has also had a role in the series "NCIS".
"I am happy to say I am in a more dramatic role in the film Live Cargo,"
Leonard said. "I did it two years ago and its just coming out."
His role in "Kevin Can Wait" is that of Officer Goody, best friend
to Kevin James character Kevin Gable a former police officer. James is the creator of the
series which is in its second season.
"I'm a series regular coming on every week," Howze pointed out about his character.
"I'm learning from him. I'm taking notes. I was a big fan before the series. This project gives
me a lot more exposure. Last season we were #1 as a new comedy."
Amazon Prime Video is a streaming
online video network offering subscribers a long list of movies and series, such as "Patriot."
Patriot is about intelligence officer John Tavner trying to prevent Iran from going nuclear.
Actor Jay Abdo, a Syrian actor, plays Cantar Wally.
"This part in ‘Patriot' is a great opportunity for me because it's
timely," said Jay who starred opposite Nicole Kidman in "Queen of the Desert"
and with Tom Hanks in "Hologram for the King." "It's a good television show, good script, good material
and wonderful pool of talent."
The hour long series premiered in 2015 and also stars Michael
Dorman ("Wonderland") as John Tavner, Terry O'Quinn ("The West Wing")
as Tom Tavner, Kathleen Munroe ("CSI: NY") as Alice Tavner, Aliette Opheim as Detective Agathe
Albans and Kurtwood Smith as Leslie Claret ("The 70s Show"). It is currently airing its second
The "Patriot" series
was created by Steven Conrad and is executive produced by Conrad, Glenn Ficarra, John Requa,
Gil Bellows and Charles Gogolak. Marc David Alpert is producer and Amazon Studios is co-producer.
I like to play controversial roles,"
Abdo stated. "Multi-dimensions...It's a great role. I went to school to study acting. I know
what it's all about. I'm wearing this character. I'm interested in a wide range of roles.
My character (in Patriot) happens to be a nice person, but I enjoy playing the villain
because I want to go to that world in art. I first started acting in 1988. I enjoy it so much,
the difficult ones that require challenges."