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Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:00 am

I was playing SCENE IT , a game, on new years Eve, when I saw some clips for Police Squad and now I have to see if I can find it on DVD.


I only know Leslie Neilson from Airplane, but what are 3-4 other really good tv or films (comedy) that he has been in....besides the NAKEd Gun Series?
to rephrase, what is HE good in?
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:10 am

Nothing is ever more than a Google away:

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000558/

Happy research!

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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:12 am

I simply have to buy the Police Squad DVD.

He's been in a few other movies in a similar role, the names of which escape me at the moment, but none quite as good as Airplane! or the Naked Gun
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:12 am

Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
what is HE good in?

He is great in spoof comedies but I remember hearing that when we was younger he played serious parts.

Off the top of my head I remember, besides the ones you mentioned, a sort of James Bond spoof (before Austin Powers) and a spoof movie about Dracula.
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:15 am

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 3):
He is great in spoof comedies but I remember hearing that when we was younger he played serious parts.

Indeed! He was a darling of the "Quinn Martin" series of cop/detective shows. And for further reading, try IMDB.com, too....

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000558/
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:16 am

Quoting Pyrex (Reply 3):
He is great in spoof comedies but I remember hearing that when we was younger he played serious parts.

He was the ship's captian in the "Posiden Adventure"
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:32 am

For serious parts, who can forget Forbidden Planet?   It was based on Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Nielsen is known for his comedic parts in Naked Gun and Airplane! these days. But he was a good serious actor, too.

BTW, I think he is originally from Canada.

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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:40 am

I think Spy Hard is a brilliantly funny film, featuring Neilson as Agent WD-40.  Big grin
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:52 am

Police Squad! Pinnacle of all TV comedy.
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 4:58 am

Quoting L-188 (Reply 5):
He was the ship's captian in the "Posiden Adventure"

Around that same timeframe, he had a guest appearance on a M*A*S*H episode; The Ringbanger (Season One).

In 1987 (or 1988?), he appeared in a movie w/Barbara Steisand called Nuts.
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:04 am

He was also in a "not so funny" comedy called Men With Brooms.

Incidentally, a friend of a friend also appeared in the movie and was in a scene where he was humping someone over a desk....Not exactly what we were expecting as we all sat down to watch his "performance".

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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:06 am

No one saw him in "The Opposite Sex" from 1956 with Joan Collins among others? Watched it on TCM.

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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:16 am

He was also in a Dracula movie (a comedy). Don't know the name of it though.
 
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:20 am

Quoting EddieGunsmoke (Reply 12):
He was also in a Dracula movie (a comedy). Don't know the name of it though.

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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 5:30 am

Quoting Mirrodie (Thread starter):
but what are 3-4 other really good tv or films (comedy) that he has been in....besides the NAKEd Gun Series?

russ, no offense, but read hte thread. imdb doesnt tell you whats good and whats not! Thats why I wanted your opinions.

so I'll check out spyhard and police squad. I never cared for his serious roles. In Poseidon, it was sort of a let down, its as if you waited at every corner for a remark that just wasnt coming.
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:21 am

deacula dead and loving it was by far his greatest film out of any including the boring as hell Airplane! film.
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 6:30 am

Go back far enough and he was the "Swamp Fox", a Disney film about the US Revolutionary War.
 
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:09 am

He started off as the romantic lead in "Tammy and the Bachelor" with Debbie Reynolds back in the 1960s. It was very popular. I can't watch any old Leslie Neilsen film without laughing at him, because they all look like he was perfecting the "Airplane" role, even as the Captain of the Poseidon!
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:26 am

I have yet to see him in anything where he had any color in his hair....including forbidden planet.

Did that guy ever have anything but gray?
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 7:47 am

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 6):
BTW, I think he is originally from Canada.

And now living in Phoenix,AZ I believe.

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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 8:17 am

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 6):
BTW, I think he is originally from Canada.

You are correct, he was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada on Feb 11th 1926

Although I didn't quite realise he was that old !!

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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:33 am

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 6):
BTW, I think he is originally from Canada

His brother Eric was the Member of Parliament for the Yukon Territory for something like 30 years. Canadian indeed !!!!!!
 
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:34 am

He was also in SCARY MOVIE 3 - he played the president.
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 9:38 am

He had a movie out in about 1998 or so called 'Wrongfully Accused' that was pretty hilarious.. check that one out too!
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 11:45 am

Quoting CFCUQ (Reply 21):
His brother Eric was the Member of Parliament for the Yukon Territory for something like 30 years. Canadian indeed !!!!!!

Not only that he was the Minister of National Defence, and he won a DFC.
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RE: Besides AIRPLANE!, What Else Leslie Neilson?

Thu Jan 05, 2006 1:51 pm

He guest starred in several episodes of "The Streets of San Francisco" back in the 70's (starring Karl Malden and a very young Michael Douglas). I heard an interview of him once where he said he basically plays his current comedy roles the exact same way as his earlier serious one. The only difference is in context and timing that makes it funny.

Outside of "Airplane!", the "Naked Gun" series and "Police Squad" (one of the funniest TV shows ever), "Wrongfully Accused" was a pretty good spoof of "The Fugitive" ("It wasn't me - It was the one-eyed, one-armed, one-legged man!"). Richard Crenna also plays a funny-as-hell spoof on Tommy Lee Jones' character as the lead US Marshall chasing him.

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