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Radio personality Roy Leonard dies

CHICAGO (AP) -

Radio and TV personality Roy Leonard has died at 83.

Leonard was especially well known around the Midwest for decades of talk radio, celebrity interviews and movie reviews on Chicago's WGN Radio and TV.

His son Kelly says Leonard died late Thursday night at Evanston Hospital, north of Chicago, surrounded by his family.

Leonard's three-decade run at WGN was marked by interviews with a staggering array of entertainers, ranging from the mime Marcel Marceau to Tom Cruise.

He caught many of them as they just starting out, talking on location with Christopher Reeve about "Superman" and Dustin Hoffman about making "Tootsie" in 1982.

Kelly Leonard says his family's dinner table resembled his dad's radio show, with discussions of music, politics and culture and occasional appearances by musicians and other entertainers.

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