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Leslie Nielsen

1926 - 2010

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Leslie William Nielsen (11 February 1926 – 28 November 2010) was a Canadian actor and comedian. With a career spanning 60 years, he appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, portraying more than 220 characters.Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. After high school, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943 and served until the end of World War II. Upon his discharge, Nielsen worked as a disc jockey before receiving a scholarship to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Leslie Nielsen has received more than 9,547,397 page views. His biography is available in 70 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 69 in 2019). Leslie Nielsen is the 94th most popular actor (down from 83rd in 2019), the 3rd most popular biography from Canada (down from 2nd in 2019) and the most popular Canadian Actor.

Leslie Nielsen is most famous for his comedic roles in the Naked Gun and Airplane! films.

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  • 9.5M

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  • 71.90

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  • 70

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  • 6.72

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  • 4.33

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)

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Among actors, Leslie Nielsen ranks 94 out of 9,996Before him are Jane Fonda, Tom Cruise, Sigourney Weaver, Judi Dench, Richard Gere, and Charlotte Rampling. After him are Jason Statham, Michael Gambon, Sidney Poitier, Pierce Brosnan, Tom Selleck, and Shah Rukh Khan.

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Among people born in 1926, Leslie Nielsen ranks 9Before him are Fidel Castro, Michel Foucault, Ingvar Kamprad, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Jiang Zemin, and Valéry Giscard d'Estaing. After him are Miles Davis, Sathya Sai Baba, Dario Fo, Svetlana Alliluyeva, Klaus Kinski, and Andrzej Wajda. Among people deceased in 2010, Leslie Nielsen ranks 3Before him are José Saramago and J. D. Salinger. After him are Ronnie James Dio, Tony Curtis, Lech Kaczyński, Gloria Stuart, Éric Rohmer, Benoit Mandelbrot, Zecharia Sitchin, Juan Antonio Samaranch, and Claude Chabrol.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Leslie Nielsen ranks 3 out of 1,350Before him are Leonard Cohen (1934) and Albert Bandura (1925). After him are Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874), Donald Sutherland (1935), James Naismith (1861), Justin Trudeau (1971), Erving Goffman (1922), Jim Carrey (1962), Frank Gehry (1929), Alice Munro (1931), and Marshall McLuhan (1911).

Among ACTORS In Canada

Among actors born in Canada, Leslie Nielsen ranks 1After him are Donald Sutherland (1935), Jim Carrey (1962), Christopher Plummer (1929), Michael J. Fox (1961), William Shatner (1931), Dan Aykroyd (1952), Mary Pickford (1892), Lois Maxwell (1927), Ryan Reynolds (1976), Carrie-Anne Moss (1967), and Geneviève Bujold (1942).

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