Remembering Hilarious ‘Naked Gun’ Star, Leslie Nielsen
Leslie Nielsen died on Sunday at the age of 84 after struggling with pneumonia.
Leslie Nielsen, the funnyman who made Airplane! and The Naked Gun franchise so hilarious, passed away on Sunday after battling with pneumonia for 12 days in a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida hospital. He was 84.
Nielsen had a very long and successful career, appearing in over 200 movies and television shows in New York and Hollywood after moving from his hometown in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Usually taking serious roles, Nielsen’s comedic genius wasn’t discovered until Airplane!, in which he blew critics away with his deadpan one-liners like, “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley.”
He parlayed Airplane!‘s success in to The Naked Gun trilogy, starring in The Naked Gun, The Naked Gun 2 1/2, and The Naked Gun 33 1/3 as the absent-minded and totally oblivious detective, Frank Drebin.
Here’s a great tribute video to the talented actor, featuring the best scenes from his most popular movies:
In his personal life, Nielsen was married three times (to Monica Boyer, Sandy Ullman, then Brooks Oliver) and had two daughters with Sandy Ullman, Thea and Maura.
Surely, the beloved funnyman will be missed by all who knew and loved him and laughed at all of his jokes. But we can’t promise we’ll stop calling him Shirley! (Popeater)
Tell us: what’s your favorite Leslie Nielsen memory?
Faye Brennan is assistant editor at BettyConfidential.