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Leslie Nielsen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Leslie Nielsen, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia

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Feb 11, 1926 In Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Studio One 1948-11-07
Latest Project:
Movie Spanish Movie 2009-12-04
Known For
Poster of It Takes a Thief
Movie Spanish Movie Doctor Nielsen 2009-12-04
Movie Stan Helsing Kay 2009-10-27
Movie An American Carol Leslie Nielsen 2008-10-03
Movie Superhero Movie Uncle Albert Adams 2008-03-27
Movie Slap Shot 3: The Junior League Mayor of Charlestown 2008-12-17
Movie Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest Dr. Rumack (archive footage) 2007-09-23
Movie Scary Movie 4 Präs. Baxter Harris 2006-04-12
Series Robson Arms Caldo Vasco 2005-06-17
Series Odd Job Jack Unknown 2003-03-05
Movie Scary Movie 3 President Baxter Harris 2003-10-24
Movie Men with Brooms Gordon Cutter 2002-09-20
Movie Chilly Dogs Clive Thorton / Cab Driver 2001-01-01
Movie Camouflage Jack Potter 2001-01-09
Movie 2001: A Space Travesty Richard " Dick " Dix 2000-10-31
Movie Santa Who? Santa Claus 2000-12-03
Series Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
Series The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn Unknown 1999-03-30
Movie Wrongfully Accused Ryan Harrison 1998-08-21
Movie Leslie Nielsen's Stupid Little Golf Video Himself 1997-01-01
Movie Family Plan Harry Haber 1997-01-01
Movie Mr. Magoo Mr. Quincy Magoo 1997-12-25
Movie Spy Hard Dick Steele 1996-05-24
Movie Harvey Dr. Chumley 1996-10-19
Movie Rent-a-Kid Harry Haber 1995-01-01
Movie Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Willowby's butler 1995-12-06
Movie Dracula: Dead and Loving It Count Dracula 1995-12-22
Movie Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Lt. Frank Drebin 1994-03-18
Movie S.P.Q.R. - 2000 e ½ anni fa Lucio Cinico 1994-12-15
Series Due South Unknown 1994-09-22
Movie Digger Arthur Evrensel 1993-04-22
Movie The Unknown Marx Brothers Narrator 1993-08-18
Movie Surf Ninjas Colonel Chi 1993-08-20
Movie Leslie Nielsen's Bad Golf Made Easier Himself 1993-11-03
Movie The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Frank Drebin 1991-06-28
Movie All I Want for Christmas Santa 1991-11-08
Series Herman's Head Unknown 1991-09-08
Movie Repossessed Father Jebedaiah Mayii 1990-09-14
Series Evening Shade Unknown 1990-09-21
Movie Dangerous Curves Greg Krevske 1989-07-07
Series Day by Day Unknown 1988-02-29
Movie The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Lt. Frank Drebin 1988-12-02
Movie Home is Where the Hart Is Sheriff Nashville Schwartz 1987-06-13
Movie Nightstick Thad Evans 1987-09-01
Movie Nuts Allen Green 1987-11-20
Movie The Patriot Admiral Frazer 1986-07-25
Movie Soul Man Mr. Dunbar 1986-10-24
Movie Blade in Hong Kong Harry Ingersoll 1985-03-15
Series 227 Unknown 1985-09-14
Movie Striker's Mountain Jim McKay 1985-11-01
Series The Golden Girls Unknown 1985-09-14
Series Highway to Heaven Unknown 1984-09-19
Series Who's the Boss? Unknown 1984-09-20
Movie The Night The Bridge Fell Down Paul Warren 1983-02-28
Movie The Creature Wasn't Nice Capt. Jamieson 1983-07-01
Series Police Squad! Lt. Frank Drebin 1982-03-04
Movie Foxfire Light Reece Morgan 1982-01-01
Movie Creepshow Richard Vickers (segment "Something To Tide You Over") 1982-11-12
Movie Wrong Is Right Mallory 1982-04-16
Movie Airplane II: The Sequel Dr. Rumack 1982-12-10
Movie Airplane! Dr. Rumack 1980-07-02
Movie Cave In! Joe Johnson 1980-04-12
Movie Prom Night Mr. Hammond 1980-07-18
Series Backstairs at the White House Ike Hoover 1979-01-29
Series The Chisholms Unknown 1979-03-29
Movie City on Fire Mayor William Dudley 1979-07-11
Movie Little Mo Nelson Fisher 1978-09-05
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-09-20
Movie The Amsterdam Kill Riley Knight 1977-12-26
Movie Viva Knievel! Stanley Millard 1977-06-10
Movie Day of the Animals Paul Jenson 1977-05-13
Series The Love Boat Unknown 1977-09-24
Movie Project: Kill John Trevor 1976-10-01
Series S.W.A.T. Unknown 1975-02-24
Series Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Series The Swiss Family Robinson Unknown 1975-09-14
Movie Can Ellen Be Saved? Arnold Lindsey 1974-02-06
Series Kojak Unknown 1973-10-24
Movie Journey to the Outer Limits (voice) 1973-01-01
Movie Snatched Bill Sutter 1973-01-31
Movie The Return of Charlie Chan Alexander Hadrachi 1973-07-01
Movie The Letters Derek Childs 1973-03-03
Series The Rookies Unknown 1972-09-11
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Series M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Movie The Poseidon Adventure Captain Harrison 1972-12-01
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Movie Incident in San Francisco Lt. Brubaker 1971-02-28
Series Columbo Peter Hamilton 1971-09-15
Series Sarge Unknown 1971-09-21
Movie They Call It Murder 1971-12-17
Movie The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler Harry Walsh 1971-11-30
Movie Night Slaves Sheriff Henshaw 1970-09-29
Movie Hauser's Memory Joseph Slaughter 1970-11-24
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie Four Rode Out Mr Brown 1969-01-01
Movie How to Commit Marriage Phil Fletcher 1969-07-07
Series The Bold Ones: The Protectors Deputy Police Chief Sam Danforth 1969-02-22
Series The Bold Ones: The New Doctors Unknown 1969-09-14
Series Bracken's World Unknown 1969-09-19
Movie Change of Mind Sheriff Webb 1969-10-08
Movie Shadow Over Elveron Sheriff Verne Drover 1968-03-05
Movie Counterpoint Victor Rice 1968-03-03
Series It Takes a Thief S.I.A. Security Man 1968-01-09
Movie How to Steal the World General Maximilian Harmon 1968-09-18
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Movie Dayton's Devils 1968-10-01
Series The Name of the Game Unknown 1968-09-20
Series Hawaii Five-O Unknown 1968-09-20
Movie The Boy Who Flew with Condors Narrator 1967-02-19
Movie The Reluctant Astronaut Major Fred Gifford 1967-09-05
Movie Gunfight in Abilene Grant Evers 1967-02-03
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Cimarron Strip Unknown 1967-09-07
Movie Rosie! Cabot Shaw 1967-11-22
Series Judd for the Defense Unknown 1967-09-08
Movie The Plainsman Col. George Armstrong Custer 1966-08-01
Movie Beau Geste Lt. De Ruse 1966-09-07
Movie Harlow Richard Manley 1965-06-23
Movie Dark Intruder Brett Kingsford 1965-07-25
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series The Big Valley Unknown 1965-09-15
Series Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Unknown 1964-09-14
Series Peyton Place Kenneth Markham 1964-09-15
Movie See How They Run Elliott Green 1964-10-07
Series Daniel Boone Unknown 1964-09-24
Movie Night Train to Paris Alan Holiday 1964-09-22
Series The Fugitive Unknown 1963-09-17
Series The Farmer's Daughter Unknown 1963-09-20
Series The Virginian Unknown 1962-09-19
Series The Defenders Unknown 1961-09-16
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Series Route 66 Unknown 1960-10-07
Series The Swamp Fox 1959-10-23
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Movie The Velvet Alley Eddie Kirkley 1959-01-22
Movie The Sheepman Col. Stephen Bedford 1958-05-07
Series Naked City Unknown 1958-09-30
Movie Tammy and the Bachelor Peter Brent 1957-06-14
Movie Hot Summer Night William Joel Partain 1957-02-01
Movie Ransom! Charlie Telfer 1956-01-24
Movie Forbidden Planet Commander John J. Adams 1956-03-15
Movie The Vagabond King Thibault d'Aussigny 1956-08-28
Movie The Opposite Sex Steve Hilliard 1956-10-26
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Movie The Battle of Gettysburg Narrator 1955-01-01
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1955-10-02
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Series Tales of Tomorrow Unknown 1951-08-03
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Suspense Unknown 1949-01-06
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07