Leslie Nielsen Feb 11 1926-Nov 28 2010
So sad to write this story that one of my favorite actors passed away today. Hard to believe that Leslie Nielsen was really 84 years old. Leslie seemed perpetually young too me. His energy was so light and full of great humor. Leslie had a very long and prolific career. He made over 100 films, 1,500 television programs, and portrayed over 220 characters.
Leslie Nielsen started out in Hollywood as a very serious actor. In fact he was down right terrifying in some of the films where he played the heavy. Then came the movie Airplane! where Leslie played the dead pan doctor. He was hysterically funny and the audience was not expecting him to be so funny! After that his career exploded and he became ultra famous as one of the best comic actor/comedians of our time. He was so darn funny!
Next came Naked Gun and the rest they say is comic history.
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – Leslie Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in "Airplane!" and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in "The Naked Gun" comedies, has died. He was 84.
His agent John S. Kelly says Nielsen died Sunday at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale where he was being treated for pneumonia.
The Canadian-born Nielsen came to Hollywood in the mid-1950s after performing in 150 live television dramas in New York. With a handsome face, blond hair and 6-foot-2 height, he seemed ideal for a movie leading man.
Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, the son of a Canadian Mounted Policeman, Nielsen spent his earliest years living near the Arctic Circle, and later served as an aerial gunner in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He quickly became known as a serious actor, although behind the camera he was a prankster. That was an aspect of his personality never exploited, however, until "Airplane!" was released in 1980 and became a huge hit. Thank you for all the laughter...RIP Mr. Nielsen we miss you already...