Leslie Nielsen
Leslie Nielsen
Born Leslie William Nielsen
February 11, 1926 (age 82)
Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Role Det. Frank Drebin
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Leslie Nielsen is a Canadian-American actor, who portrays Frank Drebin the main character of the series and the films. He also appeared in other ZAZ projects including Airplane! and Scary Movie 3. Currently he's known as a comedic actor but he started his career as a serious actor, acting in Academy Award nominated films such as Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure. After appearing in Airplane! Nielsen became more famous as a comedian, and so he build his career acting in comedies such as Dracula: Dead and Loving it, Spy Hard and Wrongfully Accused. Famous film critic Roger Ebert Stated in a review on Scary Moive 3 that Nielsen is the Laurence Olivier of spoofs. During his career Nielsen got two Emmy Award nominations and has a star on the hollywood walk of fame.

Role on Police Squad!Edit

Main article: Lieutenant Frank Drebin

In 1982 Nielsen made his first appearence as Detective Frank Drebin in Police Squad!, according to this role was written especially for him, since the ZAZ already worked with him in The Kentucky Fried Movie and Airplane, in an interview Nielsen stated that the reason this part was written for him was because the ZAZ had detected the same humor they had in him. Even though the series only ran for six episodes, Nielsen got an Emmy Award nomination for his portrayal. In 1988 (six years after the shows cancellation) the first Naked Gun film was released, wich was a big success. Frank Drebin is one of the rare Police Squad! characters, that had only one portrayer through the series, films and any other appearances.



Year Film Role Other notes
1955 The Battle of Gettysburg Narrator
1956 Ransom! Charlie Telfer Film debut, as an actor
Forbidden Planet Commander John J. Adams First starring role
The Vagabond King Thibault
The Opposite Sex Steve Hilliard
1957 Hot Summer Night William Joel Partain
Tammy and the Bachelor Peter Brent
1958 The Sheepman Col. Stephen Bedford / Johnny Bledsoe
1964 Night Train to Paris Alan Holiday
See How They Run Elliot Green First television movie
1965 Harlow Richard Manley
Dark Intruder Brett Kingsford
1966 The Plainsman Col. George Armstrong Custer
Beau Geste Lieutenant De Ruse
1967 Code Name: Heraclitus Fryer
Gunfight in Abilene Grant Evers
The Reluctant Astronaut Major Fred Gifford
Counterpoint Victor Rice
Rosie! Cabot Shaw
1968 How to Steal the World General Maximilian Harmon The Man from U.N.C.L.E. film
Dayton's Devils Frank Dayton
Companions in Nightmare Dr. Neesden
1969 Deadlock Lieutenant Sam Danforth
Trial Run Jason Harkness
How to Commit Marriage Phil Fletcher
Change of Mind Sheriff Webb
1970 Four Rode Out Mr. Brown
Night Slaves Sheriff Henshaw
The Aquarians Official
Hauser's Memory Joseph Slaughter
1971 Incident In San Francisco Lieutenant Brubaker
The Resurrection of Zachary Wheeler Harry Walsh
They Call It Murder Frank Antrim
1972 The Poseidon Adventure The Captain
1973 Snatched Bill Sutting
Amanda Fallon Mr. Cummings
The Return of Charlie Chan Alexander Hadrachi
And Millions Will Die Jack Gallagher
1975 Can Ellen Be Saved Arnold Lindsey
Threshold: The Blue Angels Experience Narrator
1976 Brinks: The Great Robbery Agent Norman Houston
Project Kill Jonathan Trevor
Grand Jury John Williams
1977 The Kentucky Fried Movie Man in Feel-O-Rama Movie Uncredited cameo; Feel-O-Rama segment.
Day of the Animals Paul Jenson
Viva Knievel! Stanley Millard
The Amsterdam Kill Riley Knight
Sixth and Main John Doe
1978 Little Mo Nelson Fisher
The Mad Trapper
1979 The Albertans Don MacIntosh
Institute for Revenge Counselor Hollis Barnes
Riel Major Crozier
City on Fire Mayor William Dudley
1980 OHMS Governor
Airplane! Dr. Rumack First comedy role.
Prom Night Mr. Raymond Hammond
1981 A Choice of Two Unknown
1982 Twilight Theater Various Characters
Murder Among Friends Unknown
Creepshow Richard Vickers "Something To Tide You Over" segment
Wrong Is Right Mallory
Foxfire Light Reece Morgan
1983 Prime Time Unknown
The Night the Bridge Fell Down Paul Warren
Cave-In! Joseph 'Joe' Johnson
The Creature Wasn't Nice (Spaceship) Capt. Jamieson
1985 Blade in Hong Kong Harry Ingersoll
Striker's Mountain Jim McKay
1986 Reckless Disregard Bob Franklin
The Patriot Admiral Frazer
Soul Man Mr. Dunbar
1987 Nightstick Thad Evans
Home Is Where the Hart Is Sheriff Nashville Schwartz
Nuts Allen Green Final non-comedy role
1988 Dangerous Curves Greg Krevske
The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! Lt. Frank Drebin
1989 The Railway Dragon Narrator First animated film.
1990 Repossessed Father Jedediah Mayii
1991 The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear Lt. Frank Drebin Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best Kiss
(shared with Priscilla Presley)
All I Want for Christmas Santa Claus Family holiday film
Chance of a Lifetime Lloyd Dixon
1993 Surf Ninjas Colonel Chi
Digger Arthur Evrensel
1994 Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final Insult Lt. Frank Drebin
S.P.Q.R.: 2,000 and a Half Years Ago Lucio Cinico
1995 Rent-a-Kid Harry Haber
Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Willowby's butler
Dracula: Dead and Loving It Count Dracula
1996 Harvey Dr. Chumley
Spy Hard Dick Steele, Agent WD-40
1997 Family Plan Harry Haber
Mr. Magoo Mr. Magoo
1998 Safety Patrol Mr. Penn
Wrongfully Accused Ryan Harrison
1999 Pirates 4-D Captain Lucky 4D Cinema Show presented at various Busch Gardens amusement parks
2000 Santa Who? Santa Claus
2001: A Space Travesty Marshal Richard 'Dick' Dix
2001 Camouflage Jack Potter
Kevin of the North (Chilly Dogs) Clive Thornton
2002 Men with Brooms Gordon Cutter
2003 Scary Movie 3 President Harris
Noël Noël English Narrator
2006 Scary Movie 4 President Harris
2007 Music Within Bill Austin
2008 Superhero Movie Uncle Albert
An American Carol Grampa / Osama Bin Laden
Slap Shot 3: The Junior League Mayor of Charlestown
2009 Stan Helsing Kay
Spanish Movie Doctor
2011 Stonerville Producer
Unknown The Waterman Movie Ready Espanosa Voice acting[1]


Year Title Role Other Notes
1953 Jukebox Jury Himself
1958–1961 Alfred Hitchcock Presents Lloyd Ashley & DA Rudolph Cox Two episodes
1959 The Swamp Fox Colonel Francis Marion
1960 Thriller Alan Patterson (lead role) Episode "The Twisted Image"
1960, 1964 Wagon Train Jeremy Dow, Brian Conlin Two episodes
1960 The Untouchables Tom Sebring Episode "Three Thousand Suspects"
1960 Route 66 (TV series)
1961 The Islanders Howard Cavanaugh Episode "Willy's Millionaire"
1961 The New Breed Lt. Price Adams Regular
1963 Channing Professor Paul Stafford Single episode
1963–1965 Kraft Suspense Theatre Dr. David Cord & Paul Maytric Two episodes: "One Step Down" & "The Green Felt Jungle"
1963–1964 The Fugitive (TV series) Martin C. Rowland & Harold Cheyney Two episodes
1964 Your First Impression As himself Single episode
1964 The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Steven Grainger Single episode
1964–1969 The Virginian Ben Stratton Five episodes
1965 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Capt. Wayne Adams One episode "The Creature"
1965 Peyton Place Vincent and Kenneth Marham (twins) 19 episodes
1965 The Wild Wild West General Ball Single episode
1967 Bonanza Sheriff Paul Rowan Episode: "The Unseen Wound"
1968 The Man from U.N.C.L.E. General Maximillian Harmon Single episode "The Seven Wonders of the World Affair Pt 1 & 2"
1969 The Bold Ones: The Protectors Deputy Police Chief Sam Danforth Seven episodes
1969 The Big Valley Sgt. Maj. Earl Conway One episode "Town of no Exit"
1969–1974 Hawaii Five-O Brent & Colonel Faraday Two episodes
1970 Bracken's World John Bracken Fifteen Bracken's World episodes total
1971 Columbo: Lady in Waiting Peter Hamilton Two Columbo episodes total
1971 Bearcats! Col. Ted Donovan Episode "The Big Guns"
1971 Night Gallery The Phantom, Col. Dennis Malloy Two episodes: "Phantom of What Opera?" and "A Question of Fear"
1973 M*A*S*H Col. Buzz Brighton Episode "The Ringbanger"
1973–1974 The Streets of San Francisco Ofc. Joe Landers, Insp. John T. Connor, & Big Jake Wilson Three episodes
1973-74 Cannon Gilbert, Elliott Strawn, Weller Dane, Eric Strauss ? 3x14 Valley Of The Damned, 4x10 The Man who couldn't forget, 5x06 The Man who died twice
1974 Kojak Michael Hagar Single episode "Loser Takes All"
1975 Kung Fu Vincent Corbino Four episodes[2]
1975 Columbo: Identity Crisis Geronimo Two Columbo episodes total
1975–1976 S.W.A.T. Larry Neal/Vince Richie Three episodes
1978 The Love Boat Dan Episode "Parents Know Best; A Selfless Love; The Nubile Nurse"
1979 Backstairs at the White House Ike Hoover Three episodes
1980 The Littlest Hobo Mayor Chester Montgomery Episode "Romiet and Julio"
1982 Police Squad! Det. Frank Drebin Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
1984 Shaping Up Buddy Fox
1985–1986 Murder, She Wrote Captain Daniels & David Everett Two episodes
1987 Highway to Heaven Richard R. Benson Episode "Gift Of Life"
1988 Who's the Boss? Max
1988 Day By Day Jack Harper Episode "Harper and Son"
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series
1989 Saturday Night Live Himself Single episode
1992 The Golden Girls Lucas Hollingsworth Series finale
1993 Herman's Head God Single episode
1994–1999 Due South Sgt. Buck Frobisher Four episodes
1994–1996, 2001–2002 Katie and Orbie Narrator
1995 Mr. Willowby's Christmas Tree Mr. Willowby's Butler, Baxter Television Christmas special
2000 Santa Who? Santa Claus Television film
2001 Liocracy Terrence Brynne McKennie
2002 Chilly Beach Santa Claus Single episode
2002 This is America with Dennis Wholey Himself, Panelist Single episode
2004 Zeroman Les Mutton / Zeroman (Voice actor)
2007 Doctor*Ology Himself, Host
Lipshitz Saves the World Lipshitz's mentor Pilot
Robson Arms Cado Vasco
Family Guy Dr. Barry Rumack Blue Harvest


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