Leslie Nielsen

Highest Rated: 98% Forbidden Planet (1956)
Birthday: Feb 11, 1926
Birthplace: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Although his career stretches back half a century and includes over 100 films and countless TV programs, Leslie Nielsen gained true fame late in his career, when he starred in a series of comic spoofs beginning with 1980's Airplane!.The son of a Canadian Mountie and the brother of Canada's future Deputy Prime Minister, Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, on February 11, 1926. He developed an early knack for acting when he was forced to lie to his disciplinarian father in order to avoid punishment, and he went on to become a radio announcer after serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII (despite being legally deaf, the result of a childhood illness). To prepare himself for his future career, Nielsen studied at Toronto's Academy of Radio Arts, which was run by CBC commentator and future Bonanza star Lorne Greene. After several years in radio, he won a scholarship to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, where he studied acting under Sanford Meisner and dance under Martha Graham. He then spent five years appearing on such live television programs as Tales From Tomorrow before making his film bow in Ransom! (1956). With the exception of his starring roles in the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956) and the popular Debbie Reynolds-vehicle Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), much of Nielsen's early work was undistinguished; he was merely a handsome leading man in an industry overstocked with handsome leading men. An attempt to do a "Davy Crockett" by starring as Francis Marion in the Disney TV saga The Swamp Fox resulted in a nifty title tune but little else. Nielsen went on to star in such series as The New Breed, Bracken's World, and Hawaii Five-O (1968), but found he was more in demand as a heavy than as a hero.A notorious offscreen practical joker and cut-up, Nielsen was not given an onscreen conduit for this trait until he was cast in the Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker spoof Airplane (1980). This led to his deadpan characterization of monumentally inept police lieutenant Frank Drebin on Z.A.Z.'s cult TV series Police Squad, which in turn spawned the 1988 hit The Naked Gun and two sequels. Nielsen also found success in a number of other film spoofs, so much, in fact, that those familiar only with his loopy comedy roles are invariably surprised that, once upon a time, he took himself deadly seriously in films like Harlow (1965) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972). Nielsen died at the age of 84, of pneumonia, in late November 2010.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Stonerville Actor 2011
14% Stan Helsing Kay 2009
11% An American Carol Grandpa $7M 2008
17% Superhero Movie Uncle Albert Adams $25.9M 2008
No Score Yet Slap Shot 3: The Junior League Actor 2008
33% Music Within Bill Austin $0.2M 2007
36% Scary Movie 4 President Harris $90.7M 2006
No Score Yet Nutcracker And The Mouse King Actor 2005
35% Scary Movie 3 President Harris 2003
61% Men with Brooms Gordon Cutter 2002
No Score Yet 2001: A Space Travesty Marshall Dix Screenwriter Executive Producer 2002
No Score Yet Chilly Dogs Clive Thornton 2001
No Score Yet Santa Who? Santa Claus 2000
No Score Yet Camouflage Jack Potter 2000
No Score Yet Harvey Dr. Chumley 1999
No Score Yet Family Plan Harry Haber 1998
22% Wrongfully Accused Ryan Harrison 1998
No Score Yet Safety Patrol (Disney's Safety Patrol) Mr. Penn 1998
No Score Yet National Geographic Host 1998
7% Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo 1997
No Score Yet National Geographic Explorer Actor 1997
No Score Yet Stupid Little Golf Video Actor 1997
8% Spy Hard Dick Steele, Agt. WD-40 Executive Producer 1996
11% Dracula - Dead and Loving It Dracula 1995
No Score Yet Rent-a-Kid Harry Haber 1995
No Score Yet Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Baxter 1995
No Score Yet Digger Arthur Evrensel 1994
54% The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult Lt. Frank Drebin 1994
No Score Yet Unknown Marx Brothers Host 1993
11% Surf Ninjas Col. Chi 1993
No Score Yet Leslie Nielsen's Bad Golf Made Easier Actor 1993
No Score Yet Unknown Marx Brothers Actor 1993
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Gigi's Legacy Narrator 1992
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Aquaspace Adventure Narrator 1992
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Nature's Playground Narrator 1992
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: King of the Sea Narrator 1992
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: To Save a Whale Narrator 1992
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Underseas Legacy Narrator 1992
0% All I Want for Christmas Santa 1991
0% Repossessed Father Jebedaiah Mayii 1990
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Antarctic Adventure Narrator 1990
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Vanishing Mermaids Narrator 1990
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Tails From the Nursery Narrator 1990
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Shark, Shark, Shark Narrator 1990
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Sea of Many Moods Narrator 1990
No Score Yet The Blue Frontier: Clown or Criminal Narrator 1990
No Score Yet Railway Dragon Actor 1989
87% The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Lt. Frank Drebin 1988
No Score Yet Dangerous Curves Greg 1988
No Score Yet Home Is Where the Hart Is Sheriff Nashville Schwartz 1987
36% Nuts Allen Green 1987
No Score Yet Striker's Mountain Jim McKay 1987
No Score Yet Nightstick Thad Evans 1987
14% Soul Man Mr. Dunbar 1986
No Score Yet The Patriot Adm. Frazer 1986
No Score Yet Blade in Hong Kong Harry Ingersoll 1985
No Score Yet Reckless Disregard Bob Franklin 1984
No Score Yet Foxfire Light Reece Morgan 1984
No Score Yet The Creature Wasn't Nice Capt. Jamieson 1983
71% Creepshow Richard Vickers 1982
38% Wrong Is Right Mallory 1982
No Score Yet Spaceship Actor 1981
No Score Yet Naked Space Actor 1981
45% Prom Night Mr. Hammond 1980
97% Airplane! Dr. Rumack 1980
No Score Yet The Night the Bridge Fell Down Paul Warren 1980
No Score Yet Backstairs at the White House Actor 1979
No Score Yet Riel Actor 1979
No Score Yet City on Fire Mayor William Dudley 1978
17% Viva Knievel! Stanley Millard 1977
No Score Yet The Amsterdam Kill Riley Knight 1977
No Score Yet Day of the Animals Paul Jenson 1977
No Score Yet Project: Kill Jonathan Trevor 1976
79% The Poseidon Adventure Ship's Captain 1972
No Score Yet Snatched Bill Sutter 1972
No Score Yet Columbo: Lady in Waiting Actor 1971
No Score Yet The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler Harry Walsh 1971
No Score Yet They Call It Murder Actor 1971
No Score Yet Four Rode Out Mr. Brown 1970
No Score Yet How to Commit Marriage Phil Fletcher 1969
No Score Yet Dayton's Devils Dayton 1968
No Score Yet How to Steal the World Actor 1968
No Score Yet Gunfight in Abilene Grant Evers 1967
No Score Yet The Reluctant Astronaut Major Fred Gifford 1967
No Score Yet Rosie! Cabot 1967
No Score Yet Night Train to Paris Alan Holiday 1964
No Score Yet The Sheepman Johnny Bledsoe 1958
No Score Yet Tammy and the Bachelor Peter Brent 1957
20% The Opposite Sex Steve Hilliard 1956
No Score Yet Ransom! Charlie Telfer 1956
98% Forbidden Planet Commander J. J. Adams 1956
No Score Yet Studio One Anthology Actor 1948

TV

CREDIT
70% Family Guy
1999
Voice
  • 2007
No Score Yet Due South
1994-1998
Buck Buck Frobisher Sgt. Duncan `Buck' Frobisher
  • 1998
  • 1996
  • 1994
No Score Yet The Golden Girls
1985-1992
Lucas
  • 1992
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1989
No Score Yet Who's the Boss?
1984-1992
Max Muldoon
  • 1988
  • 1987
No Score Yet Highway to Heaven
1984-1989
R.R. Benson
  • 1987
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Captain Daniels David Everett
  • 1986
  • 1985
100% Police Squad!
1982
Det. Frank Drebin
  • 1982
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Corbino
  • 1975
  • 1974
No Score Yet Columbo
1968-2003
Hamilton Henderson
  • 1975
  • 1971
No Score Yet Kojak
1973-1978
  • 1974
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Col. Buzz Brighton
  • 1973
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Denny Phantom
  • 1971
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Jess Trevor
  • 1969
100% The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
1964-1968
Harmon
  • 1968
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Sheriff Rowan
  • 1967
No Score Yet The Wild Wild West
1965-1969
General
  • 1966
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Rowland Harold Cheyney
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
Lloyd Ashley Rudolf Cox
  • 1961
  • 1958
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Baker
  • 1959

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