He was His agent said Nielsen, perhaps best-remembered for his deadpan deliveries in "Airplane! Frank Drebin in the 'Naked Gun' series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than year career in motion pictures and television," the Nielsen's family said in a statement reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
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 inappearing in 46 live television programs a year.
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Few actors have the ability to raise a smile just by the thought of them. Leslie Nielsendeadpan extraordinaire, who used his training as a regular leading man in po-faced dramas to fruitfully spoof them for 30 years, was one of them. News of his death today will be greeted with both remembered happiness and a huge amount of sadness.
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Leslie Nielsen has had a long and varied career with his comedies being some of the best of all time. Paramount Pictures. With a bevy of classic quotes, critics and audiences agreed that this was surely a seminal comedy.
The film is a spoof of the disaster film genre. Rumack, a character from the film, is portrayed by Leslie Nielsen. Rumack appears in Blue Harvest telling Han Solo Peter "I just want to tell you both good luck, we're all counting on you".