Insert “Shirley” Pun Here: R.I.P. Leslie Nielson

11.29.10 7 years ago 15 Comments

In case you haven’t heard, Leslie Nielsen, the brilliantly funny actor that starred in the Naked Gun flicks and Airplane, passed away last night due to complications from pneumonia.

If you’re too young to know about Nielsen, you’ll know his impact on the world of slapstick parody movies as the Scary Movie series is an unfunny, inbred offspring of the hilarious films Nielsen starred in. I used to watch Naked Gun almost every day when it came on HBO and was pretty much attached to any movie Nielsen was in. I’m talking about the bad ones: Dracula: Dead And Loving It, Spy Hard and Wrongfully Accused. Yes, it was that serious for me.

But the moment I’ll most remember Leslie Nielsen for was his involvement with WWF in 1994 as a detective trying to find the whereabouts of The Undertaker. These were classic vignettes that are fittingly campy for the mid-’90s WWF.


‘Airplane!’, ‘Forbidden Planet’ Actor Nielsen Dies [AP]

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