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Leslie Nielsen A veteran of over one hundred motion pictures and more than fifteen hundred television appearances, Leslie Nielsen had built a sturdy reputation portraying manly authority figures (including the Space Ship Commander in the scifi classic "Forbidden Planet" and the Captain of the illfated cruiseship in "The Poseidon Adventure") before he turned his image inside out with a hysterically funny deadpan performance as the loopy doctor in Zucker, Abrahams and Zucker's "Airplane!" (1980). He continued to team with the ZAZ comedy team on the TV series "Police Squad!," on which he originated the role of police Lt. Frank Drebin, which he recreated in Paramount Pictures' Christmas 1988 release, "The Naked Gun," in the studio's 1991 sequel, "Naked Gun 2 1/2," and again in "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult," released by Paramount in the Spring of 1994. Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the son of a Canadian Mounted Policeman, Nielsen spent his earliest years living near the Arctic Circle, coming south to Edmonton, Alberta when his oldest brother had to attend school. After his own graduation, he served as an aerial gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force. As a testimonial to his comedic abilities, Leslie was the eighteenth recipient of UCLA's Jack Benny Award in 1995, following in the footsteps of such comedy greats as Johnny Carson, Lili Tomlin, Steve Martin, Whoopie Goldberg, George Burns and Carol Burnett. Another honor of which the actor is most proud was being installed on Canada's Walk of Fame, on June 1, 2001. And, in 2003, he received one of his native land's most-honored awards, The Order of Canada.

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