He was also a legendary pitchman.
In the mid 90’s, he starred in several hilarious ads for the BC Lottery Corporation. You may remember them.
Before approaching a store clerk, he whispers to us that he has cracked the formula for winning the Lotto 649. He then walks up to the counter and requests that the clerk sell him the WINNING ticket. Back at the camera, a wink and a watch-and-learn smirk.
If you can find this one online, please share it in the comments section, as I’ve spent ages trying to track it down.
The spot had great writing of course, but Nielsen’s perfect comic timing made it the smashing success it was. Watch him in action in this Medicare spot.
Leslie Nielsen had something that made him one of the most in-demand endorsers on the planet: he was a lovable ham and didn’t take himself too seriously,
A public and unapologetic adolescent to the end. That was the real winning formula.