Joe Isuzu

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David Leisure as Joe Isuzu

Joe Isuzu was a fictional spokesman used in a series of television advertisements for Isuzu cars and trucks. Created by the ad agency Della Femina, Travisano, and Partners, the segments aired on American television in 1986-90, reaching their zenith in 1987 after the character was featured during Super Bowl XXI. Played by actor David Leisure[1] (Empty Nest), Joe Isuzu was a pathological liar who made outrageous and overinflated claims about Isuzu’s cars. (One commercial even cast him as the Boy Who Cried Wolf.) The campaign was resurrected briefly in 1999 and continued until 2001 to promote several cars such as the Isuzu Axiom. Famous quotes:

The character became a fixture in American popular culture. In 1988 Michael Dukakis, in a debate with George H. W. Bush during that year's United States presidential election, said, "If Bush keeps it up, he's going to be the Joe Isuzu of American politics." [2]

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Joe Isuzu may have had a "twin sister" Joanne (actor David Leisure dressed in a dress, pantyhose, wig and high heels) who appeared in a 1988 advertisement because she "loved her new Isuzu Trooper II."

Leisure also portrayed the character in an A&W Cream Soda commercial in 1990s. True to character, Isuzu made outrageous claims about the soda.

Joe Isuzu is referenced in a Family Guy episode, "A Picture is Worth 1,000 Bucks."[3]

In Daily Finance, a subsidiary of AOL, David Leisure is #15 of Top 25 Celebrity Spokespeople of All Time for portraying Joe Isuzu in Isuzu advertisements.[4]

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