Leslie Nielsen

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. 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 ...

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Scary Movie 4 (2006)

Cindy finds out the house she lives in is haunted by a little boy and goes on a quest to find out who killed him and why. Also, Alien "Tr-iPods" are invading the world and she has to uncover the secret in order to stop them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Anna Faris  •  Regina Hall  •  Craig Bierko  •  Bill Pullman

Cindy finds out the house she lives in is haunted by a little boy and goes on a quest to find out who killed him and why. Also, Alien "Tr-iPods" are invading the world and she has to uncover the secret in order to stop them.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Anna Faris  •  Regina Hall  •  Craig Bierko  •  Bill Pullman

Scary Movie 3 (2003)

In the third installment of the Scary Movie franchise, news anchorwoman Cindy Campbell has to investigate mysterious crop circles and killing video tapes, and help the President stop an alien invasion in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Pamela Anderson  •  Jenny McCarthy  •  Marny Eng  •  Charlie Sheen

In the third installment of the Scary Movie franchise, news anchorwoman Cindy Campbell has to investigate mysterious crop circles and killing video tapes, and help the President stop an alien invasion in the process.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Pamela Anderson  •  Jenny McCarthy  •  Marny Eng  •  Charlie Sheen

Airplane II: The Sequel (1982)

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the sun, and man-with-a-past, Ted Striker must save the day and get the shuttle back on track – again – all the while trying to patch up his relationship with Elaine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Finkleman
CAST:  Robert Hays  •  Julie Hagerty  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  Chad Everett

A faulty computer causes a passenger space shuttle to head straight for the sun, and man-with-a-past, Ted Striker must save the day and get the shuttle back on track – again – all the while trying to patch up his relationship with Elaine.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Finkleman
CAST:  Robert Hays  •  Julie Hagerty  •  Lloyd Bridges  •  Chad Everett

Airplane! (1980)

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The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Robert Hays  •  Julie Hagerty  •  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  •  Lloyd Bridges

The persons and events in this film are fictitious - fortunately! A masterpiece of off-the-wall comedy, Airplane! features Robert Hays as an ex-fighter pilot forced to take over the controls of an airliner when the flight crew succumbs to food poisoning; Julie ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker  •  Jim Abrahams  •  Jerry Zucker
CAST:  Robert Hays  •  Julie Hagerty  •  Kareem Abdul-Jabbar  •  Lloyd Bridges

Creepshow (1982)

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Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A. Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Ed Harris  •  Hal Holbrook  •  Ted Danson

Inspired by the E.C. comics of the 1950s, George A. Romero and Stephen King bring five tales of terror to the screen.  (more)

DIRECTION:  George A. Romero
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Ed Harris  •  Hal Holbrook  •  Ted Danson

Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995)

When a lawyer shows up at the vampire's doorstep, he falls prey to his charms and joins him in his search for fresh blood. Enter Professor Van Helsing, who may be the only one able to vanquish the Count.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Mel Brooks  •  Amy Yasbeck  •  Peter MacNicol

When a lawyer shows up at the vampire's doorstep, he falls prey to his charms and joins him in his search for fresh blood. Enter Professor Van Helsing, who may be the only one able to vanquish the Count.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Mel Brooks
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Mel Brooks  •  Amy Yasbeck  •  Peter MacNicol

Forbidden Planet (1956)

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Starship C57D travels to planet Altair 4 in search of the crew of spaceship "Bellerophon," a scientific expedition that has been missing for 20 years, only to find themselves unwelcome by the expedition's lone survivor and warned of destruction by an invisible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Walter Pidgeon  •  Anne Francis  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Warren Stevens

Starship C57D travels to planet Altair 4 in search of the crew of spaceship "Bellerophon," a scientific expedition that has been missing for 20 years, only to find themselves unwelcome by the expedition's lone survivor and warned of destruction by an invisible ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Fred M. Wilcox
CAST:  Walter Pidgeon  •  Anne Francis  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Warren Stevens

Harlow (1965)

Hollywood drama loosely based on the life of film actress Jean Harlow, with Carroll Baker in the title role. One of two feature film biographies, both released in 1965 and both with the same title, about the '30s platinum blonde movie star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Red Buttons  •  Raf Vallone  •  Angela Lansbury

Hollywood drama loosely based on the life of film actress Jean Harlow, with Carroll Baker in the title role. One of two feature film biographies, both released in 1965 and both with the same title, about the '30s platinum blonde movie star.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Gordon Douglas
CAST:  Carroll Baker  •  Red Buttons  •  Raf Vallone  •  Angela Lansbury

Men with Brooms (2002)

A witty and clever comedy that follows four longtime curling friends reunited by the last wishes of their recently deceased coach and set out to win the Golden Broom. Realising that the out of shape crew will be hard-pressed to win without a coach, Cutter swallows ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Gross
CAST:  Molly Parker  •  Polly Shannon  •  Peter Outerbridge  •  Michelle Nolden

A witty and clever comedy that follows four longtime curling friends reunited by the last wishes of their recently deceased coach and set out to win the Golden Broom. Realising that the out of shape crew will be hard-pressed to win without a coach, Cutter swallows ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Gross
CAST:  Molly Parker  •  Polly Shannon  •  Peter Outerbridge  •  Michelle Nolden

Mr. Magoo (1997)

Mr. Magoo, a man with terrible eyesight, gets caught up in a museum robbery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Tong
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Kelly Lynch  •  Matt Keeslar  •  Nick Chinlund

Mr. Magoo, a man with terrible eyesight, gets caught up in a museum robbery.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stanley Tong
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Kelly Lynch  •  Matt Keeslar  •  Nick Chinlund

Nuts (1987)

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Maureen Stapleton  •  Karl Malden

A high-class call girl accused of murder fights for the right to stand trial rather than be declared mentally incompetent.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Martin Ritt
CAST:  Barbra Streisand  •  Richard Dreyfuss  •  Maureen Stapleton  •  Karl Malden

Prom Night (1980)

This slasher movie follows a relentless killer who is out to avenge the death of a young girl who died after being bullied and teased by four of her classmates. Now high-school students, the guilt-ridden kids have kept their involvement a secret, but when they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Lynch
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Casey Stevens  •  Anne-Marie Martin

This slasher movie follows a relentless killer who is out to avenge the death of a young girl who died after being bullied and teased by four of her classmates. Now high-school students, the guilt-ridden kids have kept their involvement a secret, but when they ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Paul Lynch
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Jamie Lee Curtis  •  Casey Stevens  •  Anne-Marie Martin

Ransom! (1956)

A rich man (Glenn Ford) stuns his wife (Donna Reed) and town with a televised threat to his son's kidnapper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Segal
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Donna Reed  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Juano Hernández

A rich man (Glenn Ford) stuns his wife (Donna Reed) and town with a televised threat to his son's kidnapper.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Alex Segal
CAST:  Glenn Ford  •  Donna Reed  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Juano Hernández

Repossessed (1990)

It's been some time since Father Jebedaiah Mayii exorcised the Devil from little Nancy Aglet, who is now grown up with a husband and two children of her own. But the prince of darkness wants to go a second round and has returned to repossess her! With Father Mayii ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Logan
CAST:  Linda Blair  •  Ned Beatty  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Anthony Starke

It's been some time since Father Jebedaiah Mayii exorcised the Devil from little Nancy Aglet, who is now grown up with a husband and two children of her own. But the prince of darkness wants to go a second round and has returned to repossess her! With Father Mayii ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Bob Logan
CAST:  Linda Blair  •  Ned Beatty  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Anthony Starke

Spy Hard (1996)

The evil Gen. Rancor has his sights set on world domination, and only one man can stop him: Dick Steele, also known as Agent WD-40. Rancor needs to obtain a computer circuit for the missile that he is planning to fire, so Steele teams up with Veronique Ukrinsky, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Friedberg
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Nicollette Sheridan  •  Charles Durning  •  Marcia Gay Harden

The evil Gen. Rancor has his sights set on world domination, and only one man can stop him: Dick Steele, also known as Agent WD-40. Rancor needs to obtain a computer circuit for the missile that he is planning to fire, so Steele teams up with Veronique Ukrinsky, a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Rick Friedberg
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Nicollette Sheridan  •  Charles Durning  •  Marcia Gay Harden

Superhero Movie (2008)

The team behind Scary Movie takes on the comic book genre in this tale of Rick Riker, a nerdy teen imbued with superpowers by a radioactive dragonfly. And because every hero needs a nemesis, enter Lou Landers, aka the villainously goofy Hourglass.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Mazin
CAST:  Drake Bell  •  Sara Paxton  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Christopher McDonald

The team behind Scary Movie takes on the comic book genre in this tale of Rick Riker, a nerdy teen imbued with superpowers by a radioactive dragonfly. And because every hero needs a nemesis, enter Lou Landers, aka the villainously goofy Hourglass.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Craig Mazin
CAST:  Drake Bell  •  Sara Paxton  •  Leslie Nielsen  •  Christopher McDonald

Surf Ninjas (1993)

Two Asian-American "surfer-dude" brothers discover they are the long lost princes from a China Sea Island. Part of their inheritance are magically-induced martial arts prowess. Using their new powers they act to overthrow the island's current dictator, a despotic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neal Israel
CAST:  Rob Schneider  •  Ernie Reyes, Jr.  •  Tone Loc  •  John Karlen

Two Asian-American "surfer-dude" brothers discover they are the long lost princes from a China Sea Island. Part of their inheritance are magically-induced martial arts prowess. Using their new powers they act to overthrow the island's current dictator, a despotic ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Neal Israel
CAST:  Rob Schneider  •  Ernie Reyes, Jr.  •  Tone Loc  •  John Karlen

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

When the incompetent Lieutenant Frank Drebin seeks the ruthless killer of his partner, he stumbles upon an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Priscilla Presley  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  George Kennedy

When the incompetent Lieutenant Frank Drebin seeks the ruthless killer of his partner, he stumbles upon an attempt to assassinate Queen Elizabeth II.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Priscilla Presley  •  Ricardo Montalban  •  George Kennedy

Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult (1994)

Frank Drebin is persuaded out of retirement to go undercover in a state prison. There he has to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned for when he escapes. Adding to his problems, Frank's wife, Jane, is desperate for a baby.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Segal
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Priscilla Presley  •  O.J. Simpson  •  Anna Nicole Smith

Frank Drebin is persuaded out of retirement to go undercover in a state prison. There he has to find out what top terrorist, Rocco, has planned for when he escapes. Adding to his problems, Frank's wife, Jane, is desperate for a baby.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Peter Segal
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Priscilla Presley  •  O.J. Simpson  •  Anna Nicole Smith

The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear (1991)

Bumbling lieutenant Frank Drebin is out to foil the big boys in the energy industry, who intend to suppress technology that will put them out of business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Priscilla Presley  •  George Kennedy  •  O.J. Simpson

Bumbling lieutenant Frank Drebin is out to foil the big boys in the energy industry, who intend to suppress technology that will put them out of business.  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Zucker
CAST:  Leslie Nielsen  •  Priscilla Presley  •  George Kennedy  •  O.J. Simpson
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