R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen 1926 – 2010

Actor Leslie Nielsen died yesterday (November 28) in Ft. Lauderdale at 84. He was admitted to hospital earlier this month due to complications from pneumonia and passed away at 5:34 p.m. with his wife, Barbaree and friends at his side. The Canadian-born funnyman was best known for The Naked Gun movie series, in which he played accident-prone Lt. Frank Drebin. Nielsen arrived in Hollywood in the 1950s and appeared in several movies and television shows. Although he initially acted in dramatic roles, Nielsen became recognized for his straight-faced slapstick comedies. He made his comedic breakthrough in the 1980s, earning fame with audiences and attention from directors. Nielsen’s one-liners are now often quoted, making him the lovable goof. His breakthrough film, Airplane! was loved among critics and moviegoers alike. Nielsen’s ability to be completely oblivious to the comedy and carry out his deadpan humor made him legendary in the world of comedy. Even in his eighties, Nielsen continued to act. Nielsen appeared in over 100 films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career. ~ Chantelle Rodrigo

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  1. Ben • November 29, 2010 @ 6:26 PM

    R.I.P.

  2. jeff • November 29, 2010 @ 7:02 PM

    R.I.P. to a great actor, comedian and Canadian. Thanks for all the laughter, and memories.

  3. Mari • November 29, 2010 @ 10:13 PM

    R.I.P. You have brought laughter and happiness to millions of people and you will be greatly missed.

  4. Noodle • November 29, 2010 @ 10:35 PM

    ”Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished”. Grew up with this comedian great and will always remember his humor.

  5. C-Dub • November 29, 2010 @ 10:52 PM

    I actually feel like crying. I was major fan and grew up on his films and watch Airplane! so much I memorized the whole thing.RIP. Canadian Talent disappeared but his legacy will live on.

  6. mandee • November 29, 2010 @ 11:13 PM

    rest in peace. my condolences to your friends and family.

  7. Helen • November 30, 2010 @ 9:54 AM

    Agree Noodle and C-Dub, I grew up with his movies as well (particularly the Naked Gun series). He is already missed by millions, but his legacy will definitely live on in his work. Best wishes and condolences to his family and friends.

  8. Germain • November 30, 2010 @ 9:55 AM

    ” Surely, you can’t be serious? I am serious and please, don’t call me Shirley”

    RIP I will never forget the first time i saw Naked Gun, a Classic in it’s own right.

  9. Danny • November 30, 2010 @ 10:49 AM

    Rest in peace Leslie.
    Thank you for the memories and the laughs…
    My sincere condolences to his family and friends…

  10. ash • November 30, 2010 @ 1:16 PM

    R.I.P to a very funny actor

  11. Ken Harman • November 30, 2010 @ 3:04 PM

    Very very funny man.I grew up with his films.Thanks for the memories.

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