He was The master of parody boasted a talent for delivering the most ridiculous lines in the straightest way possible, cloaking outright absurdity in obliviousness. He received his first big film break playing sturdy Commander J. Adams in the sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet.
Leslie Nielsen, who traded in his dramatic persona for inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in "Airplane! He was The Canadian-born actor died from complications from pneumonia at a hospital near his home at p. Kelly said in a statement. Frank Drebin in 'The Naked Gun' series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than year career in motion pictures and television," said Kelly. Speaking to Manitoba radio station CJOB68, Nielsen's nephew Doug Nielsen said that the actor had been in the hospital with pneumonia for about 12 days and that the infection had taken an increasing toll in recent days.
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Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force and later worked as a disc jockey before receiving a scholarship to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse. He made his acting debut in , appearing in 46 live television programs a year. Nielsen made his film debut in , with supporting roles in several drama, Western, and romance films produced between the s and the s. Although his notable performances in the films Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure gave him standing as a serious actor, Nielsen later gained enduring recognition for his deadpan comedy roles during the s, after being cast against type for the Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker comedy film Airplane! Nielsen was born on 11 February in Regina, Saskatchewan. Nielsen's half-uncle Jean Hersholt was an actor known for his portrayal of Dr. Christian in a radio series of that name, and the subsequent television series and films. Then I would take them home and show them 8-by glossies, and things changed quite drastically. So I began to think that maybe this acting business was not a bad idea, much as I was very shy about it and certainly without courage regarding it.