Leslie Nielsen

Leslie William Nielsen, OC ( born February 11, 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, † November 28, 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) was a Canadian actor. He became famous for his role as Frank Drebin in the comedy series The Naked Gun.


Nielsen grew up in the Northwest Territories in Tulita ( formerly Fort Norman ). His native of Denmark 's father served as a Mountie and raised him very strictly; his mother came from Wales. His uncle Jean Hersholt was a successful actor. Leslie Nielsen studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving to the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York.

His feature film debut was in 1956 in King of the Vagabonds by Michael Curtiz. Then he got a bigger role in the successful science fiction film Forbidden Planet (Forbidden Planet), which in turn brought Nielsen a long-term contract with the film studio Metro-Goldwyn- Mayer, which means various engagements in major Hollywood productions, but without going into the first team the character actor advance. Nielsen was at the casting for the character of Messala in the epic film classic Ben Hur (1959 ) on the shortlist, before director William Wyler chose Stephen Boyd. Corresponding test recordings were released on DVD.

After he had worked for 30 years as an actor for film and television productions as well as a disc jockey at various radio stations, Nielsen 1980, learned by the comedy The Incredible Journey in a crazy airplane a career boost. Although he played in the film only a minor role, but could shine with his ability in this, despite absurdly comical dialogues and slapstick to remain outwardly impassive completely serious and what was his trademark. A longer successful collaboration as a comedy actor with the filmmaker Trio ZAZ ( Abraham sugar sugar) followed. In 1982 he took over the lead role of the written and produced by ZAZ U.S. television series The Naked Gun (Police Squad! ) Whose only six episodes now have cult status and received an Emmy nomination for Nielsen. In 1987 he also had a guest appearance in the series Highway to Heaven.

Built on the series movie The Naked Gun ( The Naked Gun, 1988) was an international success and a pioneering classic of slapstick film. The role of the bumbling police special investigator Frank Drebin, which is inseparably connected with Nielsen, he even starred in two sequels, The Naked Gun 2 ½ (1991) and Naked Gun 33 ⅓ (1994). It was followed by several other major and minor roles in similar films.

Nielsen was married four times. From his second marriage two daughters were born. Erik Nielsen, one of his brothers, was between 1984 and 1986 Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister of Canada.

Nielsen was Officer of the Order of Canada and has been on the Hollywood Walk of Fame a star. On 28 November 2010 he died at the age of 84 years at a hospital in Fort Lauderdale from the effects of pneumonia.

Filmography (selection)

German dubbing voice

His German dubbing voice was years since The Naked Gun (1988 ) Horst Schön. In Superhero Movie, he was voiced by Klaus sunshine.