Leslie Neilsen,an actor known for his deadpan comic delivery in iconic films of Comedy Genre have always had us rolling down laughing. Starting his acting career at a young age in 1948, Leslie has come a long way as a veteran actor starring in more than 100 films and 150 television programs. His notable performance in The Poseidon Adventure as a serious actor although has received massive accolades, but his comical characters are one that will remain classic until the end of era. Here are the best of Leslie’s movies as a comical character.
The best of three movies of Leslie Nielsen!!
Airplane! pulls out all the clichés of cinema as alcoholic pilot Ted Striker (Robert Hays), develops a fear of flying due to wartime trauma and ends up boarding a jumbo jet in an attempt to woo back his stewardess girlfriend (Julie Hagerty). Directed By David Zucker, Jerry Zucker and Jim Abrahams, Airplane! Talks about how to deal with a plane landing in the presence of a sick pilot!
Nielsen’s Role – The turning point in Neilsen’s career came when he was casted as the poker-faced Dr. Shirley Rumack in the immensely popular spoof Airplane! (1980). This type of role defined his career from then on, and he is remembered fondly as a comic actor. From the clever Jaws take-off opening to the final irreverent title card, Nielson makes us laugh thick and fast.
2. The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear
The second in a series of three police detective parody films, The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear features the return of Leslie Nielsen to the role of intrepid Los Angeles Police Squad Lieutenant Frank Drebin. This time he’s out to foil the “big boys” in the energy business with his tricky yet funny comic timings.
Nielsen’s Role : Leslie Nielsen bumbles his way through another quickfire case of the spoofs as LAPD’s most clueless cop Frank Drebin. He combines earnestness, exuberant mugging, and a trouper’s slightly desperate cheerfulness to influence the energy police of the US government. Nielsen turns this rather alarming character into a sweet, ebullient lunatic — albeit one who’s hell on innocent bystanders.
3. Spy Hard
his brainless detective flick “Spy Hard” is yet another spoof with Leslie Nielsen carrying the lead role in the same style as the “Naked Gun”. Dick Steele, Agent WD-40 (Leslie Nielsen) is assigned by his director (Charles Durning), to stop the evil General Rancor (Andy Griffith) from destroying the world. WD-40 believed Rancor was dead and he teams up with the hot KGB agent Veronique Ukrinsky (Nicollette Sheridan) to find Rancor and save the world.
Nielsen’s Role : Leslie Nielsen stars as Dick Steele, agent WD-40, in this uneven send-up of spy thrillers and other popular genres done in the hilarious style of the Zucker/Abrams “Naked Gun” series. Leslie Nielsen does a funny James Bond spoof, pulling it better than James Bond! From sneaking into someone’s apartment to ending up thrashing the entire place, Nielsen has kept us completely entertained.
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