R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010)

Veteran actor Leslie Nielsen passed away yesterday November 28th in a hospital in Florida after suffering complications from a bout of pneumonia, aged 84. Born in Saskatchewan, Canada in 1926, Nielsen began his career in the entertainment industry as a radio disc jockey before gaining a scholarship at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse. After attending the Actors Studio Nielsen made his television debut alongside Charlton Heston in an episode of Studio One (1948), and went on to star in a range of TV productions before making his theatrical debut in the musical The Vagabond King (1956).

Nielsen's performance earned him a role in the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet (1956), the success of which opened the doors to further film and television roles with credits including Hot Summer Night (1957), Tammy and the Bachelor (1957), Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1958-1961), The Swamp Fox (1959-1961), The New Breed (1961), The Bold Ones: The Protectors (1969) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972). After appearing in the David Zucker,
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