David Russell Leisure (born November 16, 1950) is an American actor best known for his role as Charley Dietz in the sitcom Empty Nest from 1988 to 1995 and fictional (and "lying") automotive "pitch man" Joe Isuzu in a series of North American television commercials for Isuzu from 1986 to 1990, and again from 1999 to 2001.[citation needed]

David Leisure
David Russell Leisure

(1950-11-16) November 16, 1950 (age 69)
Years active1980–2013
Spouse(s)Patricia Bunch (1997–?)(divorced)
Kelly Hutchinson (1989–1994) (divorced) 1 child
Flora Kleinfeld (1975–1983) (divorced) 1 child

Early lifeEdit

Leisure was born in San Diego and attended Grossmont High School in La Mesa, California. He went on to attend Grossmont College also in El Cajon and then to San Diego State University.[citation needed]


Among his smaller roles, Leisure appeared as the "First Krishna" in the 1980 film Airplane!. He voiced The Castle in Fox's 1992 Halloween special Count DeClues' Mystery Castle. In the 1993 edition of Circus of the Stars, the "Mystery Clown" who performed tricks in between acts near the end of the show removed his makeup to reveal himself as David Leisure. In 1999, he made a brief but memorable appearance in 10 Things I Hate About You as a high school soccer coach and detention monitor. More recently, falling back on his "Joe Isuzu" shtick, Leisure has been acting as a fictional and disreputable insurance lawyer in a series of commercials for various American personal-injury law firms. In different markets, different firms have licensed the footage and add in their own spokespeople and names.[citation needed]

For much of the first quarter of 2009, Leisure appeared as Roger Wilkes on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless. As of July 2010, he is in a recurring role as Salem District Attorney Charles Woods on Days of Our Lives.[citation needed]

Leisure also provided the voice of Metus on the animated feature BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn.[1]


Additional television credits include Sabrina the Teenage Witch, One on One, V.I.P., Diagnosis: Murder, The Parent 'Hood, Honey, I Shrunk the Kids: The TV Show, For Your Love, Caroline in the City, The Wayans Bros., Touched by an Angel, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Renegade, The Golden Girls, Married... with Children, ALF, 227, T. J. Hooker, The Equalizer, Falcon Crest, Sledge Hammer!, Nurses, and The Brady Bunch Movie.[citation needed]

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