February 11, 1926
November 28, 2010
6 ft 0 in | 183 cm
72 kg | 159 lbs
Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Canada, on February 11, 1926, was a Canadian actor.
Young Leslie Nielsen first started performing in summer stock theatre, during his years at the New York's Neighborhood Playhouse.
He got his television debut in CBS anthology series The Web (1950–1951) in two episodes "Home for Christmas" and "You Killed Elizabeth", in role as Dennis.
He made his big screen debut in crime drama film Ransom! (1956) in role as Charlie Telfer.
He landed his first starring role as Commander John J. Adams in science fiction movie Forbidden Planet (1956).
Leslie's breakthrough performance came as Dr. Rumack in parody film Airplane! (1980).
He played Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun film series:
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988)
The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)
Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)
He portrayed President Harris in comedy parody movies: Scary Movie 3 (2003) and Scary Movie 4 (2006).
Creepshow (1982) horror comedy opposite Hal Holbrook, Adrienne Barbeau, E.G. Marshall
Prom Night (1980) slasher with Jamie Lee Curtis, Casey Stevens and Anne-Marie Martin
Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) comedy horror opposite Mel Brooks, Peter MacNicol and Amy Yasbeck
Spy Hard (1996) spy comedy with Nicollette Sheridan, Andy Griffith and Marcia Gay Harden
Wrongfully Accused (1998) satirical comedy opposite Kelly LeBrock, Melinda McGraw and Michael York
The Reluctant Astronaut (1967) comedy sci-fi with Don Knotts and Joan Freeman
Tammy and the Bachelor (1957) romantic comedy opposite Debbie Reynolds, Walter Brennan and Mala Powers
The Sheepman (1958) Western comedy with Glenn Ford and Shirley MacLaine
Nuts (1987) drama opposite Barbra Streisand and Richard Dreyfuss
Ransom (1956) crime drama with Donna Reed and Glenn Ford
Men with Brooms (2002) comedy opposite Paul Gross, James B. Douglas and Molly Parker
Soul Man (1986) comedy with C. Thomas Howell, Rae Dawn Chong and James Earl Jones
Surf Ninjas (1993) family comedy opposite Ernie Reyes Jr., Rob Schneider and Nicolas Cowan
Day of the Animals (1977) horror with Christopher George and Lynda Day George
Repossessed (1990) comedy opposite Linda Blair, Ned Beatty and Anthony Starke
The Poseidon Adventure (1972) adventure thriller with Gene Hackman, Ernest Borgnine and Shelley Winters
Superhero Movie (2008) superhero comedy opposite Drake Bell, Sara Paxton and Christopher McDonald
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series for his role as Det. Frank Drebin in ABC comedy series Police Squad! (1982).
He was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series for his performance as Jack Harper in NBC sitcom Day By Day (1988) in episode "Harper and Son".
The New Breed (1961) ABC crime drama series in role as Lt. Price Adams
He played various roles in Western television series The Virginian (1964–1969).
Peyton Place (1965) ABC soap opera in role as Vincent and Kenneth Marham (twins)
The Bold Ones: The Protectors (1969) NBC crime drama series in role as Deputy Police Chief Sam Danforth
The Streets of San Francisco (1973-1974) crime drama series in role as Ofc. Joe Landers, Insp. John T. Connor, & Big Jake Wilson
Kung Fu (1975) martial arts Western drama television series in role as Vincent Corbino
S.W.A.T. (1975-1976) action drama series in role as Larry Neal / Vince Richie
Backstairs at the White House (1979) NBC miniseries in role as Ike Hoover
Shaping Up (1984) ABC sitcom in role as Buddy Fox
He voiced Les Mutton / Zeroman in Canadian animated television series Zeroman (2004).
Robson Arms (2007) comedy drama series in role as Cado Vasco
Graduated from Victoria Composite High School in Edmonton, Alberta.
Studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto.
Studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and Actors Studio in New York City.
Had two brothers.
Has Danish and Welsh ancestry.
Became a naturalized United States citizen in 1958.
He often played golf.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6541 Hollywood Boulevard in 1988.
He was awarded a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, Ontario (2001).
He was awarded the OC (Officer of the Order of Canada) by the Governor General of Canada in 2002.
Leslie died on November 28, 2010, Holy Cross Health, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States, at the age of 84.
He was married to:
Barbaree Earl Nielsen (2001-2010)
Brooks Oliver (1981-1984)
Alisande Ullman (1958-1974) they had two daughters, Maura and Thea Nielsen
Monica Boyer (1950-1957)