Leonard "Lenny Bruce" Alfred Sneider was born on October 13, 1925 in Mineola New York and died on August 3, 1966 in Los Angeles, California. He was a Jewish-American comedian, social critic and satirist. Bruce joined the US Navy in 1942 and saw active duty in Europe, in 1945 he was discharged. He early career included writing screenplays for "Dance Hall Racket" in 1953, he also produced a series of recordings with comic routines and satirical interviews by Fantasy Records, and then other works sold by himself. After his growing fame he appeared to the nationally televised "Steven Allen" show which received both favorable and derogatory reviews.