Sunday, November 28, 2010

RIP Leslie Nielsen

“Surely you can’t be serious? I am serious and don’t call me Shirley”.

Actor Leslie Nielsen, best known for his film roles in "Airplane" and "The Naked Gun" series, died Sunday November 28 of complications from pneumonia, his family said. Nielsen, 84, died in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his wife and friends.

Leslie William Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canad and grew up 200 miles from the Arctic Circle in Fort Norman where his father was officer of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He was often beaten by his father and when he turned 17 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. After World War II he became a disc jockey then trained at a Toronto radio school operated by Lorne Greene. A scholarship to the Neighborhood Playhouse brought him to New York where he began his career in television. He made over 150 TV appearances. His first film role was in “Forbidden Planet” and his best dramatic roles was as the captain of the ocean liner in “The Poseidan Adventure” (1972), but he’s best remembered for his role in “Airplane” and “Naked Gun”. Nielsen appeared in one Euro-western “Four Rode Out” (1970) with Sue Lyons and Pernell Roberts.

NIELSEN, Leslie William
Born: 2/11/1926, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: 11/28/2010, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, U.S.A.
Leslie Nielsen's westerns - actor:
The Sheepman - 1958 (Col. Stephen Bedford / Johnny Bledsoe)
Rawhide (TV) - 1958 (Eli Becker)
The Swamp Fox (TV) - 1959-1961 (Col. Francis Marion)
Wagon Train (TV) - 1960, 1964 (Jeremy Dow/Jeff Durant, Brian Conlin)
Daniel Boone (TV) - 1964 (William Russell)
The Virginian (TV) - 1964, 1965, 1966, 1967, 1969 (John Hagen, Harry Lightfoot, Cleve 
     Mason Winthrop, Ben Stratton)
The Loner (TV) - 1965 (McComb)
The Wild Wild West (TV) - 1965 (Major General Ball)
The Plainsman - 1966 (Col. George Armstrong Custer)
Bonanza (TV) - 1967 (Sheriff Paul Rowan)
Gunfight in Abilene - 1967 (Grant Evers)
Cimarron Strip (TV) - 1967 (Rowan Houston)
Gunsmoke (TV) - 1969 (Jess Trevor)
The Big Valley (TV) - 1969 (Sgt. Maj. Earl Conway)
Four Rode Out - 1970 (Mr. Brown)
Kung Fu (TV) - 1975 (Vincent Corbino)
The Chisolms (TV) - 1980 (Sinclair)

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