Leslie Nielsen

1926 - 2010

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Leslie William Nielsen (February 11, 1926 – November 28, 2010) was a Canadian-American 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 7,155,976 page views. His biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 68 in 2019). Leslie Nielsen is the 83rd most popular actor (down from 80th in 2019), the 2nd most popular biography from Canada 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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Among actors, Leslie Nielsen ranks 83 out of 10,030Before him are Toshiro Mifune, Paul Newman, Tom Hanks, Jane Fonda, John Wayne, and Judi Dench. After him are Tom Selleck, Peter Falk, Michael Gambon, Gregory Peck, Buster Keaton, and John Travolta.

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Among people born in 1926, Leslie Nielsen ranks 8Before him are Marilyn Monroe, Fidel Castro, Michel Foucault, Alfredo Di Stéfano, Ingvar Kamprad, and Jiang Zemin. After him are Chuck Berry, Sathya Sai Baba, Dario Fo, Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, Miles Davis, and René Goscinny. Among people deceased in 2010, Leslie Nielsen ranks 3Before him are José Saramago and J. D. Salinger. After him are Gloria Stuart, Ronnie James Dio, Tony Curtis, Juan Antonio Samaranch, Éric Rohmer, Dennis Hopper, Benoit Mandelbrot, Lech Kaczyński, and Claude Chabrol.

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In Canada

Among people born in Canada, Leslie Nielsen ranks 2 out of 1,130Before him are Leonard Cohen (1934). After him are Albert Bandura (1925), Lucy Maud Montgomery (1874), Donald Sutherland (1935), Marshall McLuhan (1911), James Naismith (1861), Erving Goffman (1922), Alice Munro (1931), Frank Gehry (1929), Justin Trudeau (1971), and Christopher Plummer (1929).

Among ACTORS In Canada

Among actors born in Canada, Leslie Nielsen ranks 1After him are Donald Sutherland (1935), Christopher Plummer (1929), Jim Carrey (1962), Michael J. Fox (1961), William Shatner (1931), Mary Pickford (1892), Pamela Anderson (1967), Lois Maxwell (1927), Dan Aykroyd (1952), Ryan Reynolds (1976), and Glenn Ford (1916).

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