Birth name Leslie William Nielsen NationalityUSA Birth 11 february 1926 at Regina (Canada) Death 28 november 2010 (at 84 years) at Fort Lauderdale (USA) Awards Officer of the Order of Canada
Leslie William Nielsen, (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010) was a Canadian American actor and comedian. He appeared in more than 100 films and 1500 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters.
Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later worked as a disc jockey before receiving a scholarship to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Making his acting debut in 1948, he made more than 50 television appearances two years later. Nielsen later made his film debut in 1956, with supporting roles in several drama, western, and romance films produced between the 1950s and the 1970s, with Nielsen crossing genres in both television and films.
Although his notable performances in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure gave him standing as a serious actor, Nielsen later gained enduring recognition for his deadpan comedy roles during the 1980s and the early 1990s, after being cast against type for the Zucker, Abrahams, and Zucker comedy film Airplane!. Nielsen specialized in his portrayal of characters oblivious to and complicit in their absurd surroundings, which gave him a reputation as a comedian. Airplane! marked Nielsen's turning point, which made him "the Olivier of spoofs" according to film critic Roger Ebert; his work on the film also led to more further success in the genre with The Naked Gun film series, based on their earlier short-lived television series Police Squad!, in which he also starred. Nielsen received a variety of awards and was inducted into the Canada and Hollywood Walks of Fame.
"I'm afraid if I don't keep moving, they're going to catch me ... I am 81 years old and I want to see what's around the corner, and I don't see any reason in the world not to keep working. But I am starting to value my down time a great deal because I am realizing there might be other things to do that I am overlooking."
—Nielsen reflecting on his career in 2007
Nielsen married four times: nightclub singer Monica Boyar (1950–1956), Alisande Ullman (1958–1973), Brooks Oliver (1981–1983) and Barbaree Earl (2001–2010). Nielsen had two daughters from his second marriage, Maura and Thea Nielsen.
Nielsen often played golf. He joked, "I have no goals or ambition. I do, however, wish to work enough to maintain whatever celebrity status I have so that they will continue to invite me to golf tournaments." His interest in the sport led him to comedic instructional films.
Nielsen was a practical joker, and known for pranking people with a portable hand-controlled fart machine: "he always had that fart machine with him." His epitaph read: "Let 'er rip", a final reference to his favorite practical joke.
Nielsen was legally deaf and wore hearing aids for most of his life. Because of this impairment, he supported the Better Hearing Institute. Later in life, Nielsen had knee osteoarthritis. He participated in an educational video from The Arthritis Research Centre of Canada (ARC), demonstrating the physical examination of a patient with knee osteoarthritis.
, 1h28 Directed byBill Corcoran OriginUSA GenresComedy, Romance ThemesMedical-themed films, Films about drugs ActorsJoey Diaz, Cameron Goodman, Phil Morris, Leslie Nielsen, Pauly Shore Roles Producer Rating33% Troy "Slam" Slamsky is a viral video guru who is a huge hit on Mespacetube.com. His nagging girlfriend Miranda wants him to take his skills and growing fan base into the real world and get a job in advertising. She is tired of living in their less than modest apartment, and sees Slam's talent as the ticket out. Slam is only interested in making his short movies, getting stoned with his best friend Harlan "Harley" Lovecraft, and someday visiting Cleveland. After a series of disagreements and the discovery that Miranda is two-timing Slam with rich snob Tyler, Slam is suddenly on his own.
, 2h39 Directed byDominic Polcino OriginUSA GenresScience fiction, Comedy, Animation ThemesSpace opera ActorsSeth MacFarlane, Alex Borstein, Alex Borstein, Seth Green, Mila Kunis, Lori Alan Roles Dr. Rumack (archive footage) Rating81% During power outages, Peter Griffin tells his family the stories of the original Star Wars trilogy films, with characters from Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, and American Dad! playing the Star Wars roles. A running joke at the end of the episode deals with Chris Griffin (voiced by Seth Green) criticizing Peter's take on Star Wars as a ripoff of Robot Chicken: Star Wars, to which Peter argues back about his disappointment with Seth Green films.
, 1h15 Directed byCraig Mazin OriginUSA GenresScience fiction, Fantastic, Comedy, Action ThemesSuperhero films ActorsDrake Bell, Sara Paxton, Christopher McDonald, Brent Spiner, Jeffrey Tambor, Kevin Hart Roles Uncle Albert Adams Rating45% Rick Riker (Drake Bell) is an unpopular, outcast student at Empire High School who lives with his Uncle Albert (Leslie Nielsen) and Aunt Lucille (Marion Ross) and has one friend and confidant, Trey (Kevin Hart). His crush is the breathtaking Jill Johnson (Sara Paxton), but she is dating bully Lance Landers (Ryan Hansen). One day, Rick and his class go on a school field trip at an animal research lab that is run by terminally ill businessman Lou Landers (Christopher McDonald), who is Lance's uncle. During the trip, Rick accidentally saturates himself in animal-attraction liquid, which causes a group of animals to hump him. This also leads a chemically enhanced radioactive dragonfly to fly onto Rick's neck and bite him.
, 1h25 OriginUSA GenresComedy ActorsTori Spelling, Leslie Nielsen, Jordan Bridges, Greg Germann, Judge Reinhold, Abigail Breslin Rating71% Charlie (Tori Spelling) works for a company that is taken over by Walcott (played by Greg Germann) who believes family values are a priority. Career-driven Charlie does a little fibbing when under the pressure of Walcott's standards, and believes she's in the clear. But when Walcott invites himself over for dinner, she borrows her friend's house and daughter (Abigail Breslin) and hires actor Buck (Jordan Bridges) to play her husband for the evening. The one-night "act" turns into a full-time gig when her boss decides to rent the house next door for the summer, forcing Charlie and Buck to stay together in the fake lifestyle she created.
, 1h42 Directed byPaul Gross OriginCanada GenresComedy, Romantic comedy ThemesSports films ActorsPaul Gross, Connor Price, Leslie Nielsen, Peter Outerbridge, Jed Rees, Kari Matchett Roles Gordon Cutter Rating57% The movie begins with Donald Foley retrieving curling stones from a lake near Long Bay, Ontario. Foley dies after retrieving the stones, and a codicil to his will demands that curling rink he formerly coached be re-assembled, and enter a bonspiel to win the Golden Broom by placing a stone containing his ashes on the button. The team's skip, Chris Cutter, had skipped town ten years ago over the shame of failing to call a burnt stone, abandoning his fiancée Julie Foley (Donald's daughter) at the altar, and throwing the team's stones into the lake. Chris returns to Long Bay, where he convinces the former members of his team, Neil Bucyk, James Lennox, and Eddie Strombeck, to enter the competition for the Golden Broom. While the rink practices for the Golden Broom tournament, Chris tries to make amends with Julie, which is complicated by his feelings for her younger sister Amy. Neil deals with his resentment towards his wife, and unhappiness at running a funeral home inherited from his father in law. Eddie deals with his low sperm count and dissatisfaction about being unable to father children. James is working as a minor drug dealer, and tries to raise money to pay off a supplier to whom he is indebted.
, 1h33 Directed byJames Keach OriginUSA GenresComedy, Action ActorsLeslie Nielsen, Lochlyn Munro, Vanessa Angel, William Forsythe, Patrick Warburton, Tom Aldredge Roles Jack Potter Rating47% La vie est vraiment difficile pour Marty qui aimerait devenir acteur. Au bout du rouleau et sans un sou, il supplie Jack Potter, un détective privé, de lui confier une mission. A contre coeur, Jack l'envoie faire une enquête de routine : espionner une blonde pour le compte de son mari jaloux. Marty va donc à Beauver Ridge où une enquête très ordinaire prend une tournure inquiétante alors que survient un meurtre des plus étranges. Jack décide d'aider son assistant et d'aller sur place. Ensemble, ils sont témoins d'événements bizarres…