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A Fish in Water: Rip, Leslie Nielsen

29 November 2010 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent Tribeca Film news »

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1926, Leslie Nielsen discovered acting through his half-uncle, Jean Hersholt, a radio actor known for his work on the long-running series Dr. Christian. Nielsen moved to New York on a theater scholarship and made his first TV appearance in 1948 on an episode of Studio One alongside Charlton Heston. Nielsen initially acted in dramatic roles on TV, appearing in almost 50 live programs in 1950 alone, and dramas such as Ransom!, The Opposite Sex and sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet, considered the forerunner of Star Trek. Before forsaking drama to doctor the food-poisoned and save the Queen/world, Nielsen appeared in the all-star disaster epic The Poseidon Adventure, in which he played the captain of a luxurious ocean liner suddenly struck by a tsunami at sea. Though Nielsen's character gets the axe in act one, the film gained acclaim at the Oscars that year, with seven nominations and »

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