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Godspeed, Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010)


Leslie Nielsen passed away Sunday at the age of 84.  He was a great comedy legend and one of my favorite actors.  He was a master of deadpan silliness and was synonymous with the word “spoof” thanks to his work with the Zucker Brothers.  He has acted in more serious fair like “Forbidden Planet,” and “The Poseidon Adventure,” but perhaps his best remembered role was that of Lt. Frank Drebin in “Police Squad” and the “Naked Gun” films, which he would more or less reprise in similar films for the rest of his long career.  For me, though, he’ll always be Dr. Rumack in the 1980 film “Airplane!”

Surely he will always be remembered…

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Comments

  1. Deltus says:

    I squeeze a little fart sound out of a hand-held fart noise maker in his honor.

    *fffpppt*

  2. Xenagogue says:

    The world is slightly less funny without him. That is very sad for us all. 🙁

  3. Amanda says:

    Shirley, he will be missed.

  4. michael says:

    HE DIED!? oh S*** I didn’t know till I saw it here T.T he was one of my favorite actors.

  5. Luanne says:

    Airplane! is *the* funniest movie ever made, mostly due to Leslie’s talent.

    There is only one riverrrrr
    There is only one sea….
    And it flows through you
    And it flows through me…

    RIP, funnyman… 🙁

  6. Josh says:

    watching The Poseidon Adventure after seeing his comedy is difficult. He’s deadpan serious. I kept expecting him to say something silly and he never did. Truly a legend.

  7. DarthLurtz says:

    Of course he’ll always be remembered.

    And don’t call me Shirley.