During his student-actor days at San Diego State University, Leisure roomed with Robert Hays. Graduating with a degree in fine arts, he pursued acting jobs for 6 years before landing a bit part in "Airplane!", which ironically starred his former roomie. Acting prospects continued to be dim, and Leisure was living out of his VW bus. Taking a girlfriend's advice, he joined a workshop on tv commercial acting, and soon started his spokesman career pitching for Bell Atlantic Yellow Pages and appearing as superliar "Joe Isuzu" in a series of outrageous Isuzu commercials.