Leslie Nielsen

Actor, Screenwriter, Radio announcer
Leslie Nielsen disproved the adage that American lives have no second acts. After decades as a rather stolid, unexciting leading man in genre motion pictures like "Forbidden Planet" (1956) and "The Plainsman" (1966) ... Read more »
Born: 02/11/1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, CA

Filmography

Actor (149)

Slap Shot 3: The Junior League 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spanish Movie 2009 (Movie)

Doctor (Actor)

Stan Helsing 2009 (Movie)

Kay (Actor)

An American Carol 2008 (Movie)

Osama bin Nielsen/ Grandpa (Actor)

Superhero Movie 2008 (Movie)

Uncle Albert (Actor)

Music Within 2007 (Movie)

Bill Austin (Actor)

Game Show Marathon 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

Scary Movie 4 2006 (Movie)

President Baxter Harris (Actor)

Scary Movie 3 2003 (Movie)

President Harris (Actor)

Men With Brooms 2002 (Movie)

Gordon Cutter (Actor)

2001: A Space Travesty 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Kevin of the North 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Santa Who? 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Camouflage 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

Leslie Nielsen: Naked Laughter 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Harvey 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Family Plan 1998 (Movie)

(Actor)

Golf 2000 With Peter Jacobsen 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Wrongfully Accused 1998 (Movie)

Ryan Harrison (Actor)

Mr. Magoo 1997 (Movie)

Mr Magoo (Actor)

Savage Garden 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Television's Comedy Classics 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Due South 1968 - 1980, 1986 - 1987, 1991 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Katie and Orbie 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Narrator

Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1968 - 1980, 1984 - 1987, 1991 - 1996 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rent-a-Kid 1996 (Movie)

(Actor)

Spy Hard 1996 (Movie)

Dick Steele (Actor)

The 22nd Annual People's Choice Awards 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's World's Funniest Commercials 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Circus of the Stars Goes to Disneyland 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Cybermania '94: The Ultimate Gamer Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Dracula: Dead and Loving It 1995 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

Bob Hope's Birthday Memories 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Evening Shade 1968 - 1980, 1991 - 1994 (Tv Show)

Actor

Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult 1994 (Movie)

Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Actor)

Someone Like Me 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Herman's Head 1968 - 1980, 1991 - 1993 (Tv Show)

Actor

Surf Ninjas 1993 (Movie)

Colonel Chi (Actor)

All New Circus of the Stars & Side Show 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Digger 1992 (Movie)

Arthur (Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1980, 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Golden Girls 1991 - 1992 (Tv Show)

Actor

ABC Presents Krofft Late Night 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

All I Want For Christmas 1991 (Movie)

Santa (Actor)

National Lampoon's Comedy Playoffs 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual International Rock Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear 1991 (Movie)

Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Actor)

Repossessed 1990 (Movie)

Father Mayii (Actor)

Starathon '90 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Circus of the Stars 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Day By Day 1987 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

People Magazine on TV (01/27/89) 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 3rd Annual American Comedy Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Dangerous Curves 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Naked Gun - From the Files of Police Squad! 1988 (Movie)

Lieutenant Frank Drebin (Actor)

Home Is Where the Hart Is 1987 (Movie)

Sheriff Nashville Schwartz (Actor)

Nuts 1987 (Movie)

Allen Green (Actor)

Nightstick 1986 (Movie)

Thad Evans (Actor)

Soul Man 1986 (Movie)

Mr Dunbar (Actor)

The Patriot 1986 (Movie)

Admiral Frazer (Actor)

The Canadian Conspiracy 1985 (Movie)

(Actor)

Shaping Up 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bradbury Trilogy 1984 (Movie)

Fantocinni (Actor)

Prime Times 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Homefront 1983 (Movie)

Narration (Narrator)

The Night the Bridge Fell Down 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Twilight Theater 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Creepshow 1982 (Movie)

Richard Vickers (Actor)

Police Squad! 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Wrong Is Right 1982 (Movie)

Mallory (Actor)

Airplane! 1980 (Movie)

Dr Rumack (Actor)

Prom Night 1980 (Movie)

Mr. Hammond (Actor)

The Creature Wasn't Nice 1980 (Movie)

Jameson (Actor)

Backstairs at the White House 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

City on Fire 1979 (Movie)

Mayor William Dudley (Actor)

Columbo 1971 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

Kojak (CBS) 1973 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

The Amsterdam Kill 1978 (Movie)

Riley Knight (Actor)

Sixth and Main 1976 (Movie)

John Doe (Actor)

Viva Knievel! 1976 (Movie)

Stanley Millard (Actor)

Day of the Animals 1975 (Movie)

Mr Paul Jenson (Actor)

Project: Kill 1975 (Movie)

(Actor)

Amanda Fallon 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Happiness Is a Warm Clue 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

Night Gallery 1971 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Explorers 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Letters 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

And Millions Will Die 1972 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Poseidon Adventure 1972 (Movie)

The Captain (Actor)

Bracken's World 1969 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler 1970 (Movie)

Harry Walsh (Actor)

Deadlock 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Hawaii Five-O 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Commit Marriage 1969 (Movie)

Phil Fletcher (Actor)

Peyton Place 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Trial Run 1968 - 1969 (TV Show)

Actor

Dayton's Devils 1968 (Movie)

Frank Dayton (Actor)

Gunfight in Abilene 1967 (Movie)

Grant Evers (Actor)

Beau Geste 1966 (Movie)

Lieutenant DeRuse (Actor)

Counterpoint 1966 (Movie)

Victor (Actor)

Rosie 1966 (Movie)

Cabot (Actor)

The Reluctant Astronaut 1966 (Movie)

Major Fred Gifford (Actor)

Harlow 1965 (Movie)

Richard Manley (Actor)

See How They Run 1964 - 1965 (TV Show)

Actor

The Dark Intruder 1965 (Movie)

Brett Kinsford (Actor)

The Plainsman 1965 (Movie)

Col George A Custer (Actor)

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

Actor

The Swamp Fox 1959 - 1960 (TV Show)

Actor

Studio One 1948 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

The Sheepman 1958 (Movie)

Johnny Bledsoe/Colonel Stephen Bedford (Actor)

Hot Summer Night 1957 (Movie)

William Joel Partain (Actor)

Tammy and the Bachelor 1957 (Movie)

Peter Brent (Actor)

Forbidden Planet 1956 (Movie)

Commander Adams (Actor)

Philco Television Playhouse 1948 - 1956 (TV Show)

Actor

The Opposite Sex 1956 (Movie)

Steve Hilliard (Actor)

The Vagabond King 1956 (Movie)

Thibault (Actor)

Ransom 1955 (Movie)

Charlie Telfer (Actor)

Blade in Hong Kong (TV Show)

Actor

Brink's: The Great Robbery (TV Show)

Actor

Can Ellen Be Saved? (TV Show)

Actor

Cave-In! (TV Show)

Actor

Chance of a Lifetime (TV Show)

Actor

Christmas in Wonderland (TV Show)

Actor

Companions in Nightmare (TV Show)

Actor

Fantasy Island (TV Show)

Actor

Hauser's Memory (TV Show)

Actor

Incident in San Francisco (TV Show)

Actor

Institute For Revenge (TV Show)

Actor

Little Mo (TV Show)

Actor

Night Slaves (TV Show)

Actor

Ohms (TV Show)

Actor

Reckless Disregard (TV Show)

Actor

Safety Patrol (TV Show)

Actor

Shadow Over Elveron (TV Show)

Actor

Snatched (TV Show)

Actor

The Aquarians (TV Show)

Actor

The Letters (Movie)

Derek Childs (Actor)

The Love Boat (TV Show)

Actor

The Unknown Marx Brothers (TV Show)

Narrator

The Web (TV Show)

Actor

They Call It Murder (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Leslie Nielsen disproved the adage that American lives have no second acts. After decades as a rather stolid, unexciting leading man in genre motion pictures like "Forbidden Planet" (1956) and "The Plainsman" (1966), Nielsen inserted his serious, authoritative persona into the parody-based comedies of the Zucker brothers and enjoyed a highly successful second career arc in films like "Airplane" (1980) and especially the "Naked Gun" series (1988, 1991, 1994), as well as "Scary Movie 3" (2003) and "Scary Movie 4" (2006). The key to the silver-haired leading man's timeless success was his deadpan delivery and seeming obliviousness to situations rife with sight gags and slapstick comedy. There was simply no one like him and people of all ages responded for over two decades to his brilliantly empty-headed persona.

Relationships

Monica Boyer

Wife
Married 1950 Divorced 1957

Barbaree Earl Actor

Wife
Married 2001 until his death Nov. 28, 2010

Ingvard Nielsen

Father

Maybelle Nielsen

Mother
Welsh died in 1953

Maura Nielsen

Daughter
Born Nobermber 29, 1962 mother, Sandy Nielsen

Thea Nielsen

Daughter
Born July 15, 1960 mother, Sandy Nielsen

Erik Nielsen

Brother
Deputy Prime Minister of Canada during the 1980s

Bobbye Oliver

Wife
Married 1981 Divorced 1984

Alisande Ullman

Wife
Married 1958 Divorced 1974

EDUCATION

Victoria High School

Edmonton , Alberta

Lorne Greene's Academy of Radio Arts

Toronto , Ontario

The Neigborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre

New York , New York
Studied with Sanford Meisner

Milestones

2008

Co-starred in the comedy spoof, "Superhero Movie"

2007

Starred in the comedy film, "Christmas in Wonderland"

2006

Played President Harris in the comedy "Scary Movie 4"

2002

Had featured role in "Men with Brooms"

2000

Portrayed an amnesiac Kris Kringle in "The Wonderful World of Disney" (ABC) presentation, "Santa Who?"

1999

Appeared as Dr. Chumley in the small screen remake of "Harvey"

1998

Played lead in the broad comedy, "Wrongfully Accused"

1997

Had title role in live-action version of "Mr. Magoo"

1996

Starred in the spoof "Spy Hard"

1995

Played title role in Mel Brooks' "Dracula: Dead and Loving It"

1994

Had yet another turn as Frank Drebin in "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult"

1994

Originated part of Mountie Buck Frobisher in an episode of the CBS series "Due South"; reprised role in 1996 episode

1993

Published a fake autobiography, Leslie Nielsen: The Naked Truth

1992

Played the man who wins the heart of Dorothy (Bea Arthur) in the finale of the NBC sitcom, "The Golden Girls"

1991

Again played Drebin in the sequel, "Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear"

1988

Reprised television role of Frank Drebin in the big screen comedy, "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!"

1987

Co-starred as Barbra Streisand's murder victim in "Nuts"

1986

Played recurring role of Max Muldoon, Mona's beau, on "Who's the Boss?" (ABC)

1984

Had lead role of an aging health club owner in the short-lived ABC sitcom, "Shaping Up"

1982

Had featured role in the horror anthology film, "Creepshow"

1982

Starred as bumbling detective Frank Drebin on the cult ABC sitcom "Police Squad!"; only six episodes aired

1980

First collaboration with the Zucker brothers, "Airplane!"

1979

Portrayed the chief usher of the White House staff in the NBC miniseries, "Backstairs at the White House"

1979

Toured America in one-man stage show, "Darrow"

1972

Was the ship's captain in the "disaster" film, "The Poseidon Adventure"

1972

Hosted the syndicated documentary series, "The Explorers"

1969

Cast as the head of a motion picture studio in "Bracken's World" (NBC)

1968

Headlined the NBC rotating series, "The Protectors"

1966

Played George Armstrong Custer in "The Plainsman"

1966

Co-starred in the big screen remake of "Beau Geste"

1965

Portrayed Dr. Vincent Markham on the ABC primetime serial, "Peyton Place"

1961

Headlined the ABC police drama series, "The New Breed"

1957

Cast as Revolutionary War hero Francis Marion in "Swamp Fox," a limited series aired on "Walt Disney" (ABC)

1957

Starred opposite Debbie Reynolds in "Tammy and the Bachelor"

1956

Played the ship's commander in the cult sci-fi movie, "Forbidden Planet"

1954

Moved to Hollywood when put under contract by Paramount

1950

Made TV debut in the "Studio One" production, "Battleship Bismarck"

1949

Moved to New York City

Served in Canadian Air Force during WWII

Worked as a disc jockey and announcer on Canadian radio; was also a radio engineer

Toured America and Great Britain in one-person stage show, "Leslie Nielsen as Clarence Darrow"

Spent his boyhood living near the Arctic Circle

Bonus Trivia

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His official Web site is at http://www.amiamsterdam.on.ca/ln/.

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Nielsen stated in several interviews that he had a few medical problems such as hearing impairment. He was legally deaf and wore hearing aids for most of his life. Because of this impairment, he publicly supported the Better Hearing Institute.

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