Mentor in Memorium: Leslie Nielsen (1930-2010)

Leslie_NielsenBest known for starring in big screen comedies “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun,” Leslie Nielsen was an expert at goofball humour while maintaining a deadpan delivery and bumbling style.

The characters he played typically provided movie lines that became unforgettable. In the movie, “Airplane!” he played the buffoonish hero doctor who finds himself on a plane overcome by food poisoning. A passenger says to him, “Surely, you can’t be serious.” His reply: “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”

Fellow comedians quickly came under his influence as he was just as eager to make those around him laugh as he was to play funny roles on TV and in film. Canadian comic Brent Butt said of him, “He definitely loved to entertain; he loved to try and get laughs all the time, that was kind of what he was about.”

Actor Paul Gross, who worked with him on the TV-series “Due South” and the film, “Men with Brooms,” said that “Leslie’s huge heart and fierce intelligence defined oddball comedy and he was its undisputed master. His loss will be felt by all. More personally he was a mentor and friend. I will miss him terribly.”

Nielsen appeared in more than 100 films and hundreds of TV shows throughout his six-decade career.

If the name “Lt. Frank Drebin” is familiar, you were likely a fan.

Mentors at the Superbowl

University_of_Phoenix_Stadium_field_02Virtually anyone can benefit from having a mentor. And most well-known, accomplished and successful people can identify people in their lives who acted as mentors. Seattle Seahawk’s Quarterback Russell Wilson considers Warren Moon to be a mentor; while New England Patriot’s QB Tom Brady considers Charlie Weis and Drew Bledsoe to be mentors.

The following list of mentor pairs was compiled from a variety of sources including autobiographies, biographies, newspaper articles, personal interviews, and diligent historical research. Mentor pairs portrayed in fiction or movies are also included.

Pairings are divided into ten general categories. In most cases mentors and their partners could be included in the same category. However, where a mentor and partner are from different career or life areas, the pairing has been placed in the partner’s category. (A few historical facts or humorous references to the term mentor are included at various places in the listings.)

The categories:

  • Actors, Comedians, Producers and Directors (Stage, Screen and TV) View
  • Mentoring relationships depicted in motion pictures and television View
  • Musicians, Songwriters, and Singers View
  • Classical and Broadway Musicians, Composers, Conductors, Ballet, and Modern Dancers View
  • Fashion, Media and Celebrities View
  • Artists, Writers, Photographers, Publishers, Novelists, Poets View
  • Mentoring relationships depicted in print (novels stories, fiction) View
  • Sports Figures, Athletes, and Coaches View
  • Historical, Political, Spiritual and Civic Leaders View
  • Business, Industry, Education, Science, and Medical Leaders View

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