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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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Mallory Superhero Movie
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Clive Thorton / Cab Driver Dracula: Dead and Loving It
Count Dracula Soul Man
Mr. Dunbar Wrongfully Accused
Ryan Harrison Mr. Magoo
Mr. Quincy Magoo How to Steal the World
General Maximilian Harmon Men with Brooms
Gordon Cutter Nuts
Allen Green Spanish Movie
Doctor Nielsen An American Carol
Leslie Nielsen The Creature Wasn't Nice
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Mr. Hammond Santa Who?
Santa Claus The Reluctant Astronaut
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Peter Brent The Opposite Sex
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Paul Jenson The Unknown Marx Brothers
Jack Potter Viva Knievel!
Stanley Millard Dangerous Curves
Greg Krevske Four Rode Out
Mr Brown Dark Intruder
Brett Kingsford Hot Summer Night
William Joel Partain Foxfire Light
Reece Morgan The Amsterdam Kill
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John Trevor City on Fire
Mayor William Dudley How to Commit Marriage
Phil Fletcher Cave In!
Joe Johnson Gunfight in Abilene
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Dr. Chumley Counterpoint
Victor Rice Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree
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Cabot Shaw Can Ellen Be Saved?
Arnold Lindsey The Battle of Gettysburg
Narrator The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler
Harry Walsh The Night The Bridge Fell Down
Paul Warren Night Slaves
Sheriff Henshaw See How They Run
Elliott Green Night Train to Paris
Alan Holiday Home is Where the Hart Is
Sheriff Nashville Schwartz Beau Geste
Lt. De Ruse All I Want for Christmas
Santa They Call It Murder
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Richard Manley The Patriot
Admiral Frazer The Plainsman
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