Have you ever thought about some of the most influential actors and comedians in Canadian history? If you have, hopefully Leslie Nielsen has crossed your mind. For those of you who are unaware, Leslie Nielsen was an actor and comedian who had a huge influence on the film industry, especially in Canada. The actor/comedian appeared in an abundance of works, including over 150 television
programs and 100 films. He played over 220 characters during his career. Throughout the next few sections we're going to talk about Leslie Nielsen's early life, his career, and the achievements he made during his career and his overall life. As mentioned above, he's had a huge impact on the industry, so it's definitely worth learning about his contributions.
Leslie Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, on February 11th 1926. Even though Nielsen was shy and didn't have a natural-born talent for acting, he remarked that acting seemed to be an attractive career path for him. This was mainly due to the fact that his half- uncle, Jean Hersholt, also went down this career path. Nielsen appreciated the respected that Hersholt would get because of his career.
Nielsen's mother was a Welsh immigrant, his father was a constable in the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. He also grew up with two brothers, one of which went on to become the deputy prime minister of Canada during the years of 1984 to 1986.
It's safe to say that the early career stage for Nielsen wasn't exactly smooth sailing. His peers remarked that his work was practically undistinguished and there wasn't much to set him apart from the rest of the crowd. Nonetheless, Nielsen continued with his career and focused on films such as “The Vagabond King”, which eventually resulting in him gaining an audition for another film “Forbidden Summer Night”. This lead to Nielsen signing a contract with MGM.
He continued to work in many films with MGM, most notably “Summer Night”, “Ransom!”, and “The Opposite Sex”. Nielsen then left MGM in 1959 to audition for other films because he was dissatisfied with the films that were being made.
Towards the end of his career he worked for other studies and went on to work in many more films. He even worked for Disney, and remarks that it was a great experience.
Nielsen has achievements many awards throughout his career, and these achievements are definitely notable. Here are some of Nielsen' most notable achievements throughout his career:
1988 – was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
1995 – received the UCLA's Jack Benny Award.
1997 – a Golden Palm Star was dedicated to him.
2001 – introduced to Canada's Walk of Fame.
2002 – awarded the Order of Canada (OC). Named an honorary citizen of West Virginia.
2003 – awarded the ACTRA Award of Excellence.
As you can see, Nielsen definitely has some notable achievements, he has made significant contributions to the film industry and has been awarded respectively. Hopefully you now have a much greater insight into Leslie Nielsen and understand the impact that he made on this industry.
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