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RIP Leslie Nielsen



Leslie Nielsen, the star of the movie Airplane! and the TV series Police Squad! has died from complications of pneumonia at a hospital in Florida. Originally from Regina, Saskatchewan, Nielsen appeared in over 200 movies and TV shows in a career spanning six decades.
After Airplane! became a hit, the film's directors -- Jim Abrahams, David Zucker and Jerry Zucker -- wanted to take the film's slapstyle style of comedy to TV. They asked Nielsen to play the lead role in their new series "Police Squad!"

In the show, Nielsen played Frank Drebin, a stereotypical police officer modeled after characters in earlier police TV series. The show lasted only six episodes but earned Nielsen an Emmy nom for lead actor in a comedy series.

Six years later, Nielsen reprised his role for a feature-length version of the show, Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, as well as two sequels.

Other credits include 1956's Forbidden Planet, the 1960s TV series Peyton Place, Dr. Kildare and The Bold Ones: The Protectors.

Nielsen was 84. Link

R.I.P. MR Neilson!You will be missed!Heaven must have needed another comic!Prepare for lots of rain from everyone up there crying with laughter!
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From Police Squad:

That's no way for a man to die.

No... you're right, Ed. A parachute not opening... that's a way to die. Getting caught in the gears of a combine... having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that's the way I wanna go!
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He made it easier for me as a boy having the name Leslie. And when I met him when I was 6 he told me to "Always have a sense of humor about it." It's one of my favorite childhood memories.
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Leslie spent his life making people laugh, and the world is a poorer place for his passing. So long, Leslie, and thank you for all the joy and smiles you brought to so many people!
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If asked how he would want his funeral, he probably would ask to have the hearse’s rear door fly open after it came to a screeching halt, rolling his coffin out and have it catapult his body onto the appetizer table with an apple stuck in his mouth. Not that would actually happen, but given his sense of humour that’s probably what he would have wanted.
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I cried when i found out he had died, this is one bloke that could make me literally "LMAO" i will miss you and im sure we all will, goodnight we all love you :(
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In addition to his acting ability, Nielsen was highly adept at making realistic "palm fart" sounds with his hands and those who know him say he loved to do this in a crowded elevator followed by a sheepish "pardon me".
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thank you Gauldar, you took something that made me sad and made me smile. I think Mr Neilson would've approved. Both of making me smile and what you had to say.
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