Mostly Credited As: Leslie Nielsen Sometimes Credited As: Leslie Nelson
Birth Name: Leslie William Nielsen Date Of Birth: February 11, 1926 (Age 84) Country Of Birth: Canada Birth Place: Regina, Saskatchewan Date Of Death: November 28, 2010 Cause Of Death: Pneumonia Complications from Staph Infection Height: 6' 0 ½" (1.84 m)
Leslie was born in Canada and was a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force as an aerial gunner during WWII, although never served duty overseas. Soon after his release he became a disk jockey in Calgary and joined the Lorne Greene Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto. He would later move to New York and study acting while performing in Summer stock. He would make his first TV appearance in 1948 on "Studio One." Although he would be well known for his comedic roles, his beginnings in television and movies would be more dramatic. His voice would get him work in commercials and voice overs, but after signing a contract with Paramount in 1954 he would get his first leading part in the sci-fi motion picture "Forbidden Planet." Over the years Leslie has claimed to have appeared in over 1500 television roles, but he is best known for his later comedy parts in movies such as "Airplane!" and the "Naked Gun" series. Having worked for 5 decades so far, his face and voice is undoubtedly known all over the world.
Was considered for the lead role as Willy Wonka in the 2005 remake. Born Canadian, Leslie is now a naturalized American citizen. Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton, Alberta opened a Leslie Nielson School of Communications. Leslie's uncle was noted actor Jean Hersholt.