Leslie Nielsen

11 Feb 1926 - 28 Nov 2010

Actor, Producer

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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Filmography (52 titles)

(movie, 2009)
···Spanish Movie
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Doctor Nielsen)
(movie, 2009)
···Stan Helsing
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Kay)
(movie, 2008)
···An American Carol
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Leslie Nielsen)
(movie, 2008)
···Superhero Movie
Genre: Action, Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Uncle Albert Adams)
(movie, 2006)
···Scary Movie 4
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Präs. Baxter Harris)
(movie, 2003)
···Scary Movie 3
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as President Baxter Harris)
(movie, 2003)
···Noël Noël
Genre: Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as English narrator)
(movie, 2000)
···2001: A Space Travesty
Genre: Comedy, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Richard " Dick " Dix)
(movie, 2000)
···Santa Who?
Genre: Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Santa Claus)
(movie, 1998)
···Wrongfully Accused
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Role: Actor (as Ryan Harrison)
(movie, 1997)
···Mr. Magoo
Genre: Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Mr. Quincy Magoo)
(movie, 1997)
···Family Plan
Genre: Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Harry Haber)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Gardener)
(movie, 1996)
···Spy Hard
Genre: Action, Comedy
Role: Actor, Producer
(movie, 1996)
···Harvey
Genre: Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Dr. Chumley)
(movie, 1995)
···Dracula: Dead and Loving It
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Count Dracula)
(movie, 1994)
···S.P.Q.R. 2000 e 1/2 anni fa
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Lucio Cinico)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Lt. Frank Drebin)
(movie, 1994)
···Bad Golf My Way
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Himself)
(series, 1994)
···Katie and Orbie
Genre: Animation, Science Fiction, Family
Role: Actor (as Narrator)
(movie, 1993)
···Surf Ninjas
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy, Family
Role: Actor (as Colonel Chi)
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Himself)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Frank Drebin)
(movie, 1991)
···Chance of a Lifetime
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Lloyd Dixon)
(movie, 1990)
···Repossessed
Genre: Comedy, Horror
Role: Actor (as Father Jebedaiah Mayii)
(movie, 1989)
···The Railway Dragon
Genre: Animation, Family
Role: Actor (as Narrator)
Genre: Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Lt. Frank Drebin)
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime
Role: Actor (as Lt. Frank Drebin)
(movie, 1986)
···Soul Man
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Mr. Dunbar)
(movie, 1983)
···Cave In!
Role: Actor (as Joe Johnson)
(movie, 1983)
···Cave In!
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Joe Johnson)
(movie, 1982)
···Airplane II: The Sequel
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Dr. Rumack)
(movie, 1982)
···Creepshow
Genre: Horror, Comedy, Fantasy
Role: Actor (as Richard Vickers (segment "Something To Tide You Over"))
(movie, 1982)
···Foxfire Light
Genre: Drama, Romance
Role: Actor (as Reece Morgan)
(movie, 1980)
···Prom Night
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Mr. Hammond)
(movie, 1980)
···Airplane!
Genre: Comedy
Role: Actor (as Dr. Rumack)
(movie, 1977)
···Day of the Animals
Genre: Horror, Science Fiction, Thriller
Role: Actor (as Paul Jenson)
(movie, 1977)
···The Amsterdam Kill
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as Riley Knight)
(movie, 1976)
···Grand Jury
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as John Williams)
(movie, 1974)
···Can Ellen Be Saved?
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Arnold Lindsey)
(movie, 1972)
···The Poseidon Adventure
Genre: Action, Adventure
Role: Actor (as Captain Harrison)
(movie, 1971)
···Incident in San Francisco
Genre: Thriller
Role: Actor (as Lt. Brubaker)
(movie, 1970)
···Four Rode Out
Genre: Western
Role: Actor (as Mr. Brown)
(movie, 1969)
···How to Commit Marriage
Genre: Comedy, Music, Romance
Role: Actor (as Phil Fletcher)
(movie, 1968)
···Shadow Over Elveron
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Sheriff Verne Drover)
(movie, 1967)
···Counterpoint
Genre: Action, Adventure, War
Role: Actor (as acteur)
(movie, 1967)
···The Reluctant Astronaut
Genre: Comedy, Family, Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Major Fred Gifford)
(movie, 1966)
···Beau Geste
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Role: Actor (as Lt. De Ruse)
(movie, 1965)
···Dark Intruder
Genre: Horror, Mystery
Role: Actor (as Brett Kingsford)
(movie, 1957)
···Hot Summer Night
Genre: Crime, Drama
Role: Actor (as William Joel Partain)
(movie, 1956)
···Forbidden Planet
Genre: Science Fiction
Role: Actor (as Commander John J. Adams)
(movie, 1956)
···Ransom!
Genre: Drama
Role: Actor (as Charlie Telfer)