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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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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.

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Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 209

Birthday 1926-02-11

Day of Death 2010-11-28

Place of Birth Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

The Art Linkletter Show(1 episode)
Assignment Vienna(1 episode)
Chilly Beach(1 episode)
Lipshitz Saves the World(2 episodes) as Himself
2009 Spanish Movie as Doctor Nielsen
2009 Stan Helsing as Kay
2008 Slap Shot 3: The Junior League as Mayor of Charlestown
2008 An American Carol as Leslie Nielsen
2008 Superhero Movie as Uncle Albert Adams
2007 Family Guy Presents: Blue Harvest as Dr. Rumack (archive footage)
2006 Gameshow Marathon(4 episodes)
2006 Scary Movie 4 as Präs. Baxter Harris
2005 Robson Arms(39 episodes) as Caldo Vasco
2004 Tubridy Tonight(1 episode)
2004 Zeroman(14 episodes) as Zeroman (voice)
2003 Scary Movie 3 as President Baxter Harris
2003 Odd Job Jack(1 episode)
2002 Men with Brooms as Gordon Cutter
2001 Liography(16 episodes) as Terrence Brynne McKennie
2001 Liocracy(13 episodes)
2001 Camouflage as Jack Potter
2001 Chilly Dogs as Clive Thorton / Cab Driver
2000 Santa Who? as Santa Claus
2000 2001: A Space Travesty as Richard " Dick " Dix
1999 The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn(1 episode)
1999 Pirates: 4-D as Captain Lucky
1999 Family Guy(1 episode)
1998 Wrongfully Accused as Ryan Harrison
1997 Mr. Magoo as Mr. Quincy Magoo
1997 Leslie Nielsen's Stupid Little Golf Video as Himself
1997 Family Plan as Harry Haber
1996 Harvey as Dr. Chumley
1996 Life and Times(1 episode)
1996 The Rosie O'Donnell Show(2 episodes)
1996 Spy Hard as Dick Steele
1995 Dracula: Dead and Loving It as Count Dracula
1995 Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree as Willowby's butler
1995 The Harald Schmidt Show(1 episode)
1995 Rent-a-Kid as Harry Haber
1994 S.P.Q.R. - 2000 e ½ anni fa as Lucio Cinico
1994 Due South(1 episode)
1994 The Danny Baker Show(1 episode)
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult as Lt. Frank Drebin
1993 Leslie Nielsen's Bad Golf Made Easier as Himself
1993 Surf Ninjas as Colonel Chi
1993 The Unknown Marx Brothers as Narrator
1993 Digger as Arthur Evrensel
1992 Terry Wogan's Friday Night(1 episode) as Himself
1991 All I Want for Christmas as Santa
1991 Herman's Head(1 episode)
1991 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear as Frank Drebin
1990 Evening Shade(1 episode)
1990 Repossessed as Father Jebedaiah Mayii
1989 Back to the Future Part II. Behind the scenes. as Host
1989 Dangerous Curves as Greg Krevske
1988 The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! as Lt. Frank Drebin
1988 Day by Day(1 episode)
1987 Nuts as Allen Green
1987 Nightstick as Thad Evans
1987 Home is Where the Hart Is as Sheriff Nashville Schwartz
1986 Soul Man as Mr. Dunbar
1986 The Patriot as Admiral Frazer
1985 Striker's Mountain as Jim McKay
1985 227(1 episode)
1985 The Golden Girls(2 episodes)
1985 Doris Day's Best Friends(1 episode)
1985 Blade in Hong Kong as Harry Ingersoll
1984 Showbiz Today(2 episodes)
1984 Finder of Lost Loves(1 episode)
1984 Who's the Boss?(1 episode)
1984 Highway to Heaven(1 episode)
1984 Shaping Up(5 episodes) as Buddy Fox
1983 The Creature Wasn't Nice as Capt. Jamieson
1983 The Night The Bridge Fell Down as Paul Warren
1982 Creepshow as Richard Vickers (segment "Something To Tide You Over")
1982 Wogan(4 episodes)
1982 Wrong Is Right as Mallory
1982 Police Squad!(6 episodes) as Lt. Frank Drebin
1982 Twilight Theater(1 episode)
1982 Foxfire Light as Reece Morgan
1981 Aloha Paradise(1 episode)
1980 Prom Night as Mr. Hammond
1980 Airplane! as Dr. Rumack
1980 Cave In! as Joe Johnson
1979 City on Fire as Mayor William Dudley
1979 The Chisholms(1 episode)
1979 Backstairs at the White House(4 episodes) as Ike Hoover
1978 Little Mo as Nelson Fisher
1978 Vega$(1 episode)
1977 The Amsterdam Kill as Riley Knight
1977 What Really Happened To the Class Of '65?(1 episode)
1977 The Love Boat(1 episode)
1977 Viva Knievel! as Stanley Millard
1977 Lucan(1 episode)
1977 Day of the Animals as Paul Jenson
1977 The Dawson Patrol as Narrator
1976 Project: Kill as John Trevor
1975 Saturday Night Live(1 episode)
1975 The Swiss Family Robinson(1 episode)
1975 S.W.A.T.(3 episodes)
1974 The Manhunter(1 episode)
1974 Celebrity Sweepstakes(1 episode)
1974 Can Ellen Be Saved? as Arnold Lindsey
1973 Kojak(1 episode) as Michael Hagar
1973 The Return of Charlie Chan as Alexander Hadrachi
1973 The Evil Touch(2 episodes)
1973 The Letters as Derek Childs
1973 Snatched as Bill Sutter
1973 ...And Millions Die! as Jack Gallagher
1973 Journey to the Outer Limits as (voice)
1972 The Poseidon Adventure as Captain Harrison
1972 Kung Fu(4 episodes) as Vincent Corbino
1972 M*A*S*H(1 episode)
1972 The Streets of San Francisco(2 episodes)
1972 The Rookies(1 episode)
1971 They Call It Murder
1971 The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler as Harry Walsh
1971 Sarge(1 episode)
1971 Monty Nash(1 episode)
1971 Columbo(1 episode) as Peter Hamilton
1971 Columbo(1 episode) as Geronimo / A.J. Henderson
1971 Cannon(1 episode) as Weller Dane
1971 Cannon(1 episode) as Erich Strasser
1971 Cannon(1 episode) as Joe Gilbert
1971 Incident in San Francisco as Lt. Brubaker
1970 Night Gallery(1 episode)
1970 Hauser's Memory as Joseph Slaughter
1970 The Aquarians as Official
1970 Night Slaves as Sheriff Henshaw
1969 Change of Mind as Sheriff Webb
1969 Bracken's World(1 episode)
1969 The Bold Ones: The New Doctors(1 episode)
1969 The Movie Game (US)(1 episode)
1969 How to Commit Marriage as Phil Fletcher
1969 The Bold Ones: The Protectors(6 episodes) as Deputy Police Chief Sam Danforth
1969 Deadlock as Lt. Sam Danforth
1969 Four Rode Out as Mr Brown
1968 Companions in Nightmare as Dr. Neesden
1968 Dayton's Devils
1968 The Mod Squad(1 episode)
1968 The Name of the Game(1 episode)
1968 Hawaii Five-O(1 episode)
1968 How to Steal the World as General Maximilian Harmon
1968 Shadow Over Elveron as Sheriff Verne Drover
1968 Counterpoint as Victor Rice
1968 It Takes a Thief(1 episode) as S.I.A. Security Man
1967 Rosie! as Cabot Shaw
1967 Judd for the Defense(1 episode)
1967 Cimarron Strip(1 episode)
1967 The Reluctant Astronaut as Major Fred Gifford
1967 Ironside(1 episode)
1967 The Boy Who Flew with Condors as Narrator
1967 Gunfight in Abilene as Grant Evers
1966 Beau Geste as Lt. De Ruse
1966 The Plainsman as Col. George Armstrong Custer
1965 The F.B.I.(1 episode)
1965 Convoy(1 episode)
1965 The Big Valley(1 episode)
1965 Dark Intruder as Brett Kingsford
1965 Harlow as Richard Manley
1964 See How They Run as Elliott Green
1964 Daniel Boone(1 episode)
1964 Night Train to Paris as Alan Holiday
1964 Peyton Place(517 episodes) as Kenneth Markham
1964 Peyton Place(517 episodes) as Vincent Markham
1964 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea(1 episode)
1963 Kraft Suspense Theatre(2 episodes)
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre(1 episode)
1963 The Farmer's Daughter(1 episode)
1963 Channing(26 episodes) as Prof. Paul Stafford
1963 The Fugitive(1 episode)
1962 The Virginian(2 episodes)
1962 Your First Impression(1 episode)
1961 The New Breed(36 episodes) as Lt. Price Adams
1961 Dr. Kildare(2 episodes)
1961 The Defenders(2 episodes)
1960 Route 66(1 episode)
1960 Moment of Fear(1 episode)
1959 The Swamp Fox(8 episodes)
1959 The Velvet Alley as Eddie Kirkley
1959 Rawhide(2 episodes)
1958 Naked City(1 episode)
1958 The Sheepman as Col. Stephen Bedford
1957 Tammy and the Bachelor as Peter Brent
1957 Hot Summer Night as William Joel Partain
1956 The Opposite Sex as Steve Hilliard
1956 First Performance(1 episode)
1956 The Vagabond King as Thibault d'Aussigny
1956 Forbidden Planet as Commander John J. Adams
1956 Ransom! as Charlie Telfer
1955 Alfred Hitchcock Presents(2 episodes)
1955 Gunsmoke(1 episode)
1955 The Battle of Gettysburg as Narrator
1954 Love Story(1 episode)
1954 Dark Possession as Dr. Roger Waring
1953 Medallion Theatre(1 episode)
1953 General Electric Theater(2 episodes)
1952 Short Short Dramas(1 episode)
1951 Hallmark Hall of Fame(1 episode)
1951 Out There(1 episode)
1951 Goodyear Television Playhouse(3 episodes)
1951 Tales of Tomorrow(4 episodes)
1950 Danger(4 episodes)
1950 The Web(3 episodes)
1950 Sure As Fate(1 episode)
1950 Stage 13(1 episode)
1950 Starlight Theatre(1 episode)
1950 Robert Montgomery Presents(3 episodes)
1949 Lights Out(2 episodes)
1949 The Clock(1 episode)
1949 Suspense(4 episodes)
1948 Studio One(9 episodes)
1948 Actors Studio(2 episodes)

Production

1996 Spy HardExecutive Producer

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