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Leslie Nielsen

Knowledge Identifier: +Leslie_Nielsen


Leslie Nielsen

Canadian and naturalized American actor and comedian add

Category: Movies & TV

Born in 1926.

Countries: United States (72%), Canada (17%), United Kingdom (7%)

Main connections: Priscilla Presley, The Fugitive (1993 film), Fess Parker

Linked to: Chicago Tribune, Royal Canadian Mounted Police, American Film Institute, Grant MacEwan University




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Leslie Nielsen was born in 1926 add something


Making his television debut in 1948, he quickly expanded to over 50 television appearances two years later add something


Nielsen's career began in dramatic roles on television during what is known as "Television's Golden Age", appearing in almost 50 live programs in 1950 alone add something


"Police Squad"'s opening sequence was based on the 1950s cop show "M Squad", , which opened with footage of a police car roving through an after-dark urban setting with a big band playing a jazz theme song in the background add something


In 1956 he made his feature film debut in the Michael Curtiz-directed musical film "The Vagabond King" add something


Nielsen made his film debut in 1956, and began collecting his roles in dramas, westerns, and romance films between the 1950s and the 1970s add something


In 1957 he won the lead role opposite Debbie Reynolds in the romantic comedy "Tammy and the Bachelor", which, as a "Chicago Tribune" critic wrote in 1998, made people consider Nielsen as both a dramatic actor and a handsome romantic lead add something


Eight episodes were produced and aired between 1959 and 1961 add something


However, dissatisfied with the quality of the films he was offered, calling the studios " a Tiffany, which had forgotten how to make silver", Nielsen left MGM, but not before auditioning for the role of Messala in the 1959 historical piece "Ben-Hur" add something


In 1961, he was the lead in a taut Los Angeles police drama called "The New Breed" add something


He guest starred in a 1964 episode of "Daniel Boone" with Fess Parker and, in a minor but credited role, Jay Silverheels add something


In 1968, he had a major role in the pilot film for the popular police series "Hawaii Five-O", and later appeared in one of the seventh season episodes add something


Susan Clark - Clark had leading roles in several films, including "Coogan's Bluff" with Clint Eastwood in 1968, "Tell Them Willie Boy Is Here" with Robert Redford in 1969, "Valdez Is Coming" with Burt Lancaster in 1971, "Night Moves" with Gene Hackman in 1975, the disaster film "Airport 1975", and another disaster film "City on Fire" with Barry Newman, Leslie Nielsen and Shelley Winters


In 1972, Nielsen appeared as the ship's captain in the all-star disaster epic "The Poseidon Adventure" add something


Nielsen's performance in the films "Forbidden Planet" and "The Poseidon Adventure" received positive reviews as a serious actor, although he is primarily known for his comedic roles during the 1980s and the early 1990s add something


His last dramatic role before portraying mainly comedy roles was the 1979 Canadian disaster film "City on Fire" in which he played a corrupt mayor add something


In 1980, he guest starred as Sinclair on the CBS miniseries "The Chisholms" add something


Jeff Wincott - Shortly thereafter, director Paul Lynch cast him in the horror film "Prom Night" as Drew in 1980 with Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielsen


In 1986, Nielsen played against recent type as a dramatic character in the comedy, "Soul Man" add something


In a 1988 interview he reflected on the series, stating, "That was a great experience, because the Disney people didn't do their shows like everyone else, knocking out an episode a week add something


Priscilla Presley - As an actress, Priscilla is best known for co-starring with Leslie Nielsen in the three successful "Naked Gun" films between 1988 and 1994, and for her five-year run playing the character Jenna Wade on the television series "Dallas"


In 1990, Nielsen appeared as a Frank Drebin-style character in a series of advertisements in the United Kingdom for Red Rock Cider add something


Nielsen hosted a series of instructional golf videos beginning with 1993's "Bad Golf Made Easier" add something


At SummerSlam 1994, in a "Naked Gun" parody, they were hot on the case add something


In a 1994 "Boston Globe" article, Nielsen explained, "I did learn very early that when I would mention my uncle, people would look at me as if I were the biggest liar in the world add something


Nielsen briefly appeared on the World Wrestling Federation program in the summer of 1994 on "WWF Monday Night Raw"; capitalizing on his Frank Drebin character, Nielsen were hired as "super-sleuths" to unravel the mystery of The Undertaker who had disappeared at January's Royal Rumble event add something


Among his numerous awards, in 1995 Leslie Nielsen received UCLA's Jack Benny award for his comedic roles add something


Both 1996's "Spy Hard" and 1998's "Wrongfully Accused", a parody of James Bond films and "The Fugitive", respectively, received more popularity on home video but were not well received by critics add something


In 1997, a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars was dedicated to him add something


The Fugitive (1993 film) - Also in 1998, a parody film "Wrongfully Accused", based on "The Fugitive", was developed with Leslie Nielsen portraying the principal character


Pat Proft - "Titanic, Too: It Missed the Iceberg" had actors Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla_Presley and David Hasselhoff in talks for starring with a release date originally aimed for early 1999


In 2001 he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame add something


On 20 February 2002, Nielsen was named an honorary citizen of West Virginia and an "Ambassador of Mountain State Goodwill" add something


Also in 2003, the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists awarded him the ACTRA award of Excellence add something


In 2003, in honor of Nielsen, Grant MacEwan College named its school of communications after him add something


On 19 May 2005, during the centennial gala of his birth province, Saskatchewan, Leslie Nielsen was introduced to HM Queen Elizabeth II add something


In 2007, Nielsen starred in the drama "Music Within" add something


He appeared in the 2008 parody film "An American Carol", which David Zucker directed, produced, and co-wrote add something


In 2008, he portrayed a version of Uncle Ben for "Superhero Movie", a spoof of superhero films add something


He appeared in the 2009 parody "Stan Helsing" add something

Leslie Nielsen died in 2010 add something


Pneumonia - In November 2010, Nielsen was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, with pneumonia add something


Anne Francis - Francis died due to complications from pancreatic cancer on January 2, 2011 at a retirement home in Santa Barbara, California, a little more than a month after the death of her "Forbidden Planet" co-star Leslie Nielsen