Joshua Leonard (born 17 June 1975) is most famous for his role in The Blair Witch Project.
Leonard found work taking portraits of musicians, toiled as a band promoter, acted in occasional student films, and worked in various production capacities on shorts and documentaries. In 1998, he auditioned for and landed one of the three principal roles in The Blair Witch Project. Although he reportedly only earned an initial salary of $500, the experience proved rewarding in other ways as the film combined acting and photography -- two things he enjoyed. After the premier screening at Sundance and the subsequent hype of the film, Leonard found himself in the spotlight, appearing in magazine covers and getting roles for other movies.
In 2000, he appeared in HBO's Sacrifice, starring Michael Madsen and Bokeem Woodbine, and in In the Weeds, starring Eric Bogosian and Molly Ringwald. Leonard made his studio film debut with Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Men of Honor. He followed with an appearance in Scott Kalvert's Deuces Wild in 2001.
The Youth In Us is Josh's directorial debut. It premeired at the Sundance Film Festicval and stars Lukas Haas (Witness, Last Days) and Kelli Garner (Thumbsucker, Aviator).