Leslie Nielsen

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Age: 88
Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Leslie William Nielsen, OC (11 February 1926 – 28 November 2010) was a Canadian and naturalized American actor and comedian. Nielsen appeared in over one hundred films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Nielsen enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and worked as a disc jockey before receiving a scholarship to Neighborhood Playhouse. Making his television debut in 1948, he quickly expanded to over 50 television appearances two years later. Nielsen made his film debut in 1956, and began collecting roles in dramas, westerns, and romance films. Nielsen's performances in the films Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972) received positive reviews as a serious actor, though he is primarily known for his comedic roles.

Although Nielsen's acting career crossed a variety of genres in both television and films, his deadpan delivery in Airplane! (1980) marked a turning point in his career, one that would make him, in the words of film critic Roger Ebert, "the Olivier of spoofs." Nielsen enjoyed further success with The Naked Gun film series (1988 – 1994), based on a short-lived television series Police Squad! in which he starred earlier. His portrayal of serious characters seemingly oblivious to (and complicit in) their absurd surroundings gave him a reputation as a comedian. In the final years of his career, Nielsen appeared in multiple spoof and parody films, many of which were met poorly by critics, but performed well in box office and home media releases. Nielsen married four times and had two daughters from his second marriage. He was recognized with a variety of awards throughout his career, and was inducted into the Canada and Hollywood Walks of Fame.

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Movie Character Year
Es0hryco3d1cgftzxaxkuh49qnl Forbidden Planet Commander John J. Adams 1956
94tpk9esaamv98xhx2jatdidzy8 Tammy and the Bachelor Peter Brent 1957
Emxwsvzuzb959g4pvthzuzqr2l3 Night Slaves Sheriff Henshaw 1970
3ypk0olrecsp7tqqflmppgbrhfo The Poseidon Adventure Captain Harrison 1972
Vkrijfrl6uk1tfv1hpfjkteb37h Viva Knievel! Stanley Millard 1977
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Alpps8lwnfljydjh8by57dwmsx5 Wrong Is Right Mallory 1982
Bpf9fwas9ol547nmhg80cdest54 Creepshow Richard Vickers (segment "Something To Tide You Over") 1982
Eifqugvaok3sp4cxcvdavaa8ekv Soul Man Mr. Dunbar 1986
M12yz5urk2dl5ucazmbeb3arnng The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Lt. Frank Drebin 1988
Qhx0myldy4ryumggf3zgt26auqn Dangerous Curves Greg Krevske 1989
N19yzjqjiyukjokjcjstdskpx1m The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Frank Drebin 1991
I8bc0qvqej6sfxnvzg1dzhjtpr8 The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Lt. Frank Drebin 1994
Texjvfojr0froyoe0o4som1noz0 Rent-a-Kid Harry Haber 1995
Qm3pckwfjdacj4smiraqkpnzdhy Mr. Magoo Mr. Quincy Magoo 1997
Cqpmfxjtonbvxvlhxfkn7dzefb0 Harvey Dr. Chumley 1998
1sljpeljwnttcpvdvh9f1hqjfdo Wrongfully Accused Ryan Harrison 1998
2e0i0jnrg0egabdjloittzxmcch 2001: A Space Travesty Richard " Dick " Dix 2000
Irk27hsx1ifjustt1efsyem5muq Men with Brooms Gordon Cutter 2002
Mtzlw7supwrwyvcyvaqynxxz884 Scary Movie 3 President Baxter Harris 2003
7u0iochrpwqu7wzbqgxdftpgymv Scary Movie 4 Präs. Baxter Harris 2006
Iup0o3wgkyswdcxcpcwn0o196un Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest Dr. Rumack (archive footage) 2007
3nqdu3yi6xd5vdtofedfuemeawd Superhero Movie Uncle Albert Adams 2008
Xuu3lb3o5i0p1cczztxxmmad2uk Stan Helsing Kay 2009
5fmsk0qo4egiafsyfkmlo9z0shj Spanish Movie Doctor Nielsen 2009