HILARIOUS DELIVERY: Leslie touched people’s lives with his acting and with his charity work. Off screen, he wasn’t flamboyant and his star never burned white hot, but it was close. He was said to be the Lawrence Olivier of spoofs. Not a bad legacy if you don’t take yourself too seriously. And he didn’t.
CLAIM TO FAME: Nielsen made was primarily known for his comedic roles during the 1980s and the early 1990s including Airplane and The Naked Gun series, but his acting career in television and film actually spanned from 1956 until his death in 2010 during which time he explored just about every genre from westerns and romance to dramas like “Forbidden Planet” and “The Poseidon Adventure.”
CRITICAL ACCOLADES: Film critic Roger Ebert once declared that Nielsen’s performance in “Airplane!” proved him to be, “the Olivier of spoofs.” Nielsen was recognized with a variety of awards throughout his career and legacy, and was inducted into the Canada and Hollywood Walks of Fame.
ROOTS & BEGINNINGS: Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. 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 television debut in 1948, he quickly expanded to over 50 television appearances within two years. He appeared in more than one hundred films and 150 television programs over the span of his career, portraying more than 220 characters.
Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926 and died at the age of 84.
S O C i A L L Y S P E A K I N G
Entertainment Weekly: “I met Leslie Nielsen when I was i high school he had time to sit down and talk to our drama class and to me specialy. He gave me his time and knowleage as actor. I will always remember him.” – Dude
Salon: “He was my first crush! I saw Poseidon Adventure time after time just to see him so handsome in his captain’s uniform for a few minutes before the ship turned over. Later on he made me laugh. I’m sad he’s gone but so grateful he was here.” –
YouTube: “R.I.P – Frank Drebin – he was possibly the funniest man in the world, or possibly the worst, but for me… He was the best guy. Im a 15 year old guy, inspired by his sense of humor, i’ve seen him in the movie airplane 1 and 2, Police Squad, and the movie of Police Squad, Naked Gun. All of these movies are favorites of mine, and as much as I laugh at these clips I cry… of joy, laughing my ass off at each scene, I know that there is still a part of him with us, and that… is the movie’s.” – callum watson
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