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Airplane! (1980)
 Who was considered for Airplane!?

George Kennedy
George Kennedy was furious that he missed the chance to spoof himself in this movie. He would later get that opportunity in the Naked Gun series.

Christopher Lee
In his autobiography, Christopher Lee states that he turned down the role of Dr. Rumack.
Actor who got the part: Leslie Nielsen

David Letterman
David Letterman screen tested for the role of Ted Striker. Jerry Zucker later brought the tape along to a Late Night appearance. Dave was not amused.
Actor who got the part: Robert Hays

Barry Manilow
Barry Manilow was reportedly considered to play Ted Striker.
Actor who got the part: Robert Hays

Pete Rose
The role of Murdock (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) was originally going to go to Pete Rose.
Actor who got the part: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Jack Webb
Jack Webb turned down a role in this movie.

Fred Willard
Willard turned down the role of Ted Striker.
Actor who got the part: Robert Hays

Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Efrem Zimbalist, Jr. turned down a role in Airplane! according to the DVD commentary.



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