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Leslie Nielsen

11 February 1926 to 28 November 2010

An authoritative presence in such films as Forbidden Planet (1956) and The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Nielsen found greater success subverting this straight image with a series of deadpan performances in films including Airplane! (1980), The Naked Gun (1988) and two sequels, Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995) among many others.

- Read Leslie Nielsen's Guardian Obituary.