Leslie "Les" M. Carlson (81) passed away at his home in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on May 2, 2014, under hospice care.
Les was born Feb. 24, 1933 in Mitchell, S.D. He attended Mitchell High and excelled in track, breaking several state records. His senior year at MHS he played the lead in the senior class play -- often claiming that was when the acting bug hit him.
He attended the University of South Dakota until he joined the Air Force and was sent to Korea. When returning, he continued his studies at USD, receiving a BFA and an MA. He spent his summers at the Black Hills Playhouse. fine tuning his acting ability.
Upon graduation he headed for New York City, where his career began. He became a successful character actor, appearing in movies, television and stage. His works are listed in his biography on the website IMB.com.
He moved to Toronto, Canada in the 60's where he met his wife. His career flourished and he continued to act until his health declined in 2013.
He is survived by his wife Joan (Warren), 2 sons Ben and Ned, both of Toronto, Canada, a sister Judy (Carlson) McDonald of Mitchell, S.D.
He was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy Hershman Carlson and Darrell Carlson.
CARLSON, Leslie (Leslie M. Carlson)
Born: 2/24/1933, Mitchell, South Dakota, U.S.A.
Died: 5/3/2014, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Leslie Carlson’s western – actor:
Bordertown (TV) – 1990 (Bogue Harper)