|Leslie Nielsen Quick Info|
|Height||6 ft 1 in|
|Date of Birth||February 11, 1926|
Leslie Nielsen was an American actor, comedian, and producer whose career spanned more than 60 years, during which he appeared in more than 100 films and 150 television programs, and portrayed more than 220 characters.
Leslie William Nielsen
Leslie Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926.
Leslie Nielsen died on November 28, 2010, at the age of 84, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States.
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Leslie studied at Victoria High School (later renamed Victoria School of the Arts) in Edmonton. Then, Leslie enrolled at the Lorne Greene Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto. Later, he relocated to New York City to attend to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse on a scholarship and later also trained at the Actors Studio,
Actor, Comedian, Producer
- Father – Ingvard Eversen Nielsen (1900–1975) (Danish-born constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police)
- Mother – Mabel Elizabeth (née Davies)
- Siblings – Erik Nielsen (1924–2008) (Politician)
- Others – Gilbert Nielsen (Paternal Half-Brother), Jean Hersholt (Half-Uncle) (Actor), Allan Hersholt (Cousin), Via Hersholt (Aunt)
Leslie Nielsen’s net worth was ‘$20,000,000’ according to Celebrity Net Worth.
6 ft 1 in or 185.5 cm
81 kg or 178.5 lbs
Boyfriend / Spouse
Leslie had been romantically involved with –
- Monica Boyar (1950-1956) – Leslie was married to nightclub singer Monica Boyar from 1950 to 1956.
- Alisande Ullman (1958-1973) – Leslie married Alisande Ullman in 1958, with whom he had two children named Maura and Thea Nielsen. The couple divorced in 1973.
- Brooks Oliver (1981-1983)
- Barbaree Earl (2001-2010) – Leslie was married to Barbaree Earl from 2001 until his death in 2010. During his latter years, Nielsen and his wife resided in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and Paradise Valley, Arizona.
Race / Ethnicity
Leslie had Danish ancestry on his father’s side and Welsh ancestry on his mother’s side.
His thick eyebrows and brushed-up hairstyle
Leslie Nielsen Facts
- He grew up in an abusive household as his father would often beat his brother and mother.
- After graduating from high school, Leslie enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943, at the age of 17, and continued to serve until the end of World War II. While at war, Leslie trained as an aerial gunner.
- Once, Leslie was discharged from the army, he started working as a disc jockey before going on to study theatre at the Neighborhood Playhouse.
- His mother Mabel Elizabeth (née Davies), was an immigrant who was originally from Wales, whereas his father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen (1900–1975), was a constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- His brother Erik was a long-time Canadian Member of Parliament, cabinet minister, and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada from 1984 to 1986.
- He spent many years in Fort Norman (now Tulita) in the Northwest Territories, where his father was part of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police.
- Leslie was legally deaf.
- In 1988, he was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6541 Hollywood Blvd.
- Some of his most-notable work had been in Forbidden Planet, The Poseidon Adventure, Airplane!, Police Squad!, The Naked Gun, Creepshow, Mr. Magoo, and Wrongfully Accused.
- In his free time, Leslie would often play golf. On the other hand, he was also quite the prankster and was mostly known for pranking people with a portable hand-controlled fart machine.
- Nielsen was admitted to Holy Cross Hospital, Fort Lauderdale, Florida in November 2010, and diagnosed with a severe case of pneumonia. On November 28, that year his nephew Doug Nielsen, told the CJOB radio station that Nielsen sadly passed away in his sleep around 5:30 pm EST surrounded by family and friends. His body was interred in Fort Lauderdale’s Evergreen Cemetery.
- As a final part of the humor, he kept “Let ‘er rip” as his epitaph.
- He was given a Golden Palm Star on the Palm Springs, California, Walk of Stars in 1997.
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