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David Leisure, born November 16, 1950, is perhaps best known, other than Empty Nest, for playing lying car salesman Joe Isuzu in a series of outrageous Isuzu commercials in the 1980s. While at San Diego State University, he roomed with Robert Hays, and graduated with a degree in fine arts. He pursued acting for 6 years before landing a bit part in the movie Airplane!, starring former roommate Hays. Work was scarce afterward, and David lived for a time out of his VW bus. Following a girlfriend's advice, he joined a TV commercial acting workshop and became spokesman for Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages before landing the Joe Isuzu role.
David was the only Empty Nest cast member to have appeared in the show's original pilot episode of The Golden Girls starring Rita Moreno, only as a different character than Charley Dietz. He has worked steadily in film and television since Empty Nest ended, including reprising the Joe Isuzu role in a new series of Isuzu ads in 2001 and a spoof endorsement campaign for Mitt Romney's presidential candidacy in 2012.
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