R.I.P., Leslie Nielsen

\"\"I learned late last night that Leslie Nielsen passed away, succumbing to complications from a recent bout of pneumonia. I was surprised to learn that he was 84 years old; to me, he seemed ageless, looking the same in 1980\’s Airplane! as he did in 2006\’s Scary Movie 4. His peak, though, was the Naked Gun series of the late 80\’s and early 90\’s, where he played Lieutenant Frank Drebin, successfully defusing kidnappings, bomb plots, assassinations, and O.J. Simpson one-liners with his typical bumbling style.

My favorite humor is the kind that doesn\’t need to hit you over the head. A straight man being unaware of his own foolish irony will always make me laugh more than a well-executed pratfall. As such, many lines from Neilsen\’s films have made their way into my comedic repertoire (such as it is) over the past 25 years. I feel a special kind of pity for people who have had to endure my frequent \”Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna\”s and \”You can tell me. I\’m a doctor\”s and \”but that\’s not important right now\”s over the years. Frank Drebin was Steve Carrell without the painful awkwardness, Will Ferrell with better timing. His subtlety will be missed.

Feel free to leave your favorite Nielsen quote in the comments.







5 responses to “R.I.P., Leslie Nielsen”

  1. Nursedude Avatar

    interestingly enough, Nielsen was legally deaf-he wore two hearing aids for most of his life. In a recent movie, he actually played Starkey’s Bill Austen-the CEO of a Minneapolis based company that makes hearing aids.

    Saying “Nice Beaver” to Priscella Pressley is just classic, a long with the “I practice safe sex” and having Drebin and Pressley’s wearing body condoms as they entertwine and collapse into bed.

  2. wadE Avatar

    “Nice beaver” is my favorite, but another one that is oddly appropriate: “Cheer up, Ed. This is not goodbye. It’s just I won’t ever see you again.”

  3. monkey Avatar

    “Cigarette?” (offers Nielsen a cigarette)

    (glances at it) “Yes, it is.”

    “Who are you and how did you get in here?”

    “I’m a locksmith. Aaaaand I’m a locksmith.”

  4. alex Avatar

    They had a Leslie Nielsen memorial on the Powertrip this morning, and I would highly recommend going and listening to it if you missed it:


    12/1 – 8AM hour. I didn’t start listening until about 8:30, so I don’t know if the whole hour has stuff or not.

  5. Mark Avatar

    I loved his lesser known TV roles such as Sgt. Buck Frobisher (Due South) “Taxi!” and Col. Buzz Brighton (M*A*S*H) , there are too many to name from the 60’s and early 70’s.
    From his many his numerous dramatic roles I love him as Commander J.J. Adams in the funny (not meant to be) movie Forbidden Planet. “J.J. Adams commanding. Who are you?” My favorite Canuck actor who could move effortlessly between drama and comedy.

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