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Leslie Nielsen

Born: 1926-02-11 - Died: 2010-11-28
Cause of Death:
Pneumonia


Death Summary: Nielsen died in a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hospital from pneumonia. He died in his sleep.

Who was Leslie Nielsen : Leslie Nielsen, an iconic Canadian-American actor appeared in over 100 films, 1,500 television programs, and portrayed over 220 characters during his career. Nielsen was born in Saskatchewan, Canada, the son of a Welsh immigrant, and a Danish father who was a Constable with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.

Nielsen started his acting career during the golden age of television, in the early 1950's. He began as a serious, dramatic actor, while also doing voice work for documentaries and commercials. His first big break came in 1956, when he starred in the full length movie, The Vagabond King. This performance led to a role for a movie which has a strong cult following, Forbidden Planet.

After Forbidden Planet, Nielsen became a very sought after actor. He appeared in many dramas, and romantic comedies as the lead role. He would also continue a blossoming television career, which had him appearing on shows such as: Alfred Hitchcock Presents, The Virginian, and The Wild Wild West.

Throughout the 60's and 70's, Nielsen would continue appearing in dramas, with his last serious performance coming in 1977, for the film Project: Kill. Then, in 1980, Nielsen received one of the biggest breakthroughs in his career. He had a supporting role in the 1980 classic parody, Airplane. The classic exchange "Surely you can't be serious?" and "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley", has become one of the classic quotes in Hollywood comedies. It was #79 on the AFI's List of Top 100 movie quotes.

After Airplane, Nielsen was called onto play Frank Drebin in the comical TV series, Police Squad. The show played off the stereotypes of hard-boiled police dramas. The show didn't last very long, however, Nielsen received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. Although the series flopped, a movie would spawn years later, based on the same character. The Naked Gun released to both critical, and box office success. The movie raked in $78 million at the box office. And Roger Ebert said this of the film, "You laugh, and then you laugh at yourself for laughing."

The success of The Naked Gun spawned two sequels, and led to Nielsen's late bloom of parodies. Many of these movies didn't receive critical success, though they had a strong cult following, and sold well on video. Nielsen made an appearance in Scary Movie 3, which was successful, and led to him appearing in Scary Movie 4. The first sequel he had done since The Naked Gun.

Along with this television, and movie appearances, Nielsen made a few instructional golf videos. He mixed his deadpan humor, with teaching viewers golfing techniques.

Nielsen was married four times, and had two children from his second marriage. Unknown to many, Nielsen had a hearing impairment. He was declared legally deaf, and wore hearing aids for most of his life. Nielsen is survived by his latest wife, and two children.
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34 Signatures in Leslie Nielsen's guestbook

  1. Amish Says:

    Damn.. Rest in peace, my friend. You were a great actor!

  2. Rana Silva Says:

    “I just wanted to let you to know, we’re all counting on you”
    -Goodbye Leslie

  3. Ime Says:

    RIP…You were a funny guy.

  4. Amanda Says:

    You were one of the funniest comedians I ever seen and one of my most favorite actors. We will miss you! 🙂

  5. Jeannette Goss Says:

    He sure will be missed he was great I really enjoyed his movies it is a great loss

  6. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    I just wanted you to know you will be missed alot,Our family will miss your good clean comedy that you put in your movies. You were a great actor and a great man, you are one of a kind. My whole family was so sad to here of your passing. May God Be With your family and friends always. May God Bless You.

  7. Velma Brchmiller Says:

    You are the greatest actor of all times. My family loves you alot. R.I.P. leslie Nielson.

  8. Marlene Says:

    We will miss you Leslie! You lived a long and beautiful life. May God Bless You!

  9. Terri Crawford Says:

    My condolences to Leslie’s family. Leslie was a very blessed funny person and one hell of an actor. My daughter and I watch Dead and Loving it over and over again. My daughter and I will miss him very much but we will always have his movies. RIP Leslie and may we hope he has the angels laughing now!!!

  10. amasrshall Says:

    you were great. we all loved you so much. rest in peace my dear freind.

  11. shed Says:

    rest in peace

  12. Karen Riley Says:

    He has left a legacy of great movies.

  13. Karen Riley Says:

    You have left a legacy of great movies. R.I.P.

  14. jim Says:

    he was a funny guy. its a shame but life goes on…

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  15. jackie Says:

    you will be missed

  16. anthony Says:

    may you rest in peace, we love you

  17. Smashleigh Says:

    R.I.P a very unique and hilarious man who will not be forgotten

  18. Cher R Says:

    I really enjoyed Leslie Nielsen’s movies. He was an amazing actor. He will be missed!

  19. goodrichgonzalez Says:

    his one of the coolest comedian ever..may you rest in peace

  20. Lisa Palmgren Hogg Says:

    He was such a Versitile actor….
    …So Very sorry to hear of the Loss to the World…God will take good care of them….Their Passing is Never easy…I know..It is never easy..Blessings to the Family…
    Sincerely,Lisa Palmgren Hogg

  21. Brooke Raymond Says:

    With a ‘tweek’ towards his own career he was able to survive where most go off the rails. His gentleman’s behaviour in public and wonderful visage on screen will be missed by all. Today’s actors could learn a lesson or two from his career and put the tabloids out of business.

  22. armand taraborelli Says:

    you made my blood pressure go down with the laughter you gave

  23. morgan Says:

    miss you

  24. brittany Says:

    i loved u in dracula dead and lovin it and superhero movie and top gun u were my favorite and im 15 and know of all these movies

  25. LIN Says:

    “I say whats that”

  26. Paul F Abric Says:

    I have been known as his double-will miss him a lot.

  27. Joanna Cooper Says:

    Sorry for your loss..He will be missed. Leslie you filled my home with smiles and laughing. Even though your gone you will never be forgotten.

  28. Woodie Says:

    Man I remember him I grew up watching his movies he was a real funny funny guy

  29. Danny Says:

    R.I.P You were and always will be a great actor. I love your acting in the Naked Gun series. Gonna miss you!

  30. jerrod jackson Says:

    i think he was a super funny man

  31. WILLIAM CREIGHTON Says:

    the funnist man ever RIP

  32. Dalton Says:

    You rest in peace your a funny Person

  33. william lee Says:

    u will be missed

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