“I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”

Actor Leslie Nielsen, star of Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died.  The Daily Telegraph has a thorough obituary.  And, via the Professor, here he is in a trailer for the 1956 science fiction classic, Forbidden Planet.

  • Brian O’Neill

    Very sad indeed.

    Looks like i picked the wrong day to quit smoking…

  • A few people have been circulating this one of Nielsen’s gags earlier:

    Q: “Who are you and how did you get in here?”
    A: “I’m a locksmith and I’m a locksmith”

  • pippakin

    You misspelt Shirley, surely it should have been ‘shurely’…

  • Anon

    A hospital? What is it?

    It’s a big building where they keep patients, but that’s not important right now.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    An obituary…..what is it?
    Well its a lot of words written about a famous dead person but thats not important right now.

    Great actor. Will be missed. Rest in Peace.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    I started typing that before Anon….honestly LOL

  • His best sight-gag (imho) is here – 4.28 mins in:

    Or maybe 5:47 mins….

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Isnt O J Simpson resident in Florida?

  • Rory Carr

    Trust Pete to choose an outer space movie to illustrate Nielsen’s career. The most notable thing about Forbidden Planet (apart from the fact that its screenplay was sourced from Shakespeare’s, The Tempest) is that The Robot not only plays himself but he gets equal billing with the leading human actors.

    Of course for superannuated fans of 1950’s Westerns like myself Nielsen gained prominence first as a smooth baddie in any number of oaters of that period which made his transformation in Airplane all the more delicious.

  • fitzjameshorse1745

    Indeed I am also a western fan. And Leslie Nielson turned up just a few weeks ago ina Rawhide episode (season1) on TCM. And he was a reliable guest star in many horse operas.

  • Belfast Greyhound

    And as the Swamp Fox ( a figure in a American Revolution Television show as I remember in a series in the 50’s/60’s.
    Just a naturally funny man to the end.

  • The Impartial Observer

    “That’s the red light district! I wonder why he’s hiding there?” “Sex Frank?” “Err not now Ed, we’ve got work to do!”


  • joeCanuck

    Yes, a great straight actor as well as a deadpan comic. Canadian too.
    Strange how siblings can find very different career paths. his brother was a politician from the Yukon who went on to become a federal cabinet minister.

  • Hedley Lamarr

    A politician who isn’t a comedian? Pull the other one Joe.

  • lamhdearg

    police squad was/is wonderful, R.I.P.

  • Rory Carr

    Cheer up ! At least his passing practically ensures that we are in for a rash of Airplane !, Naked Gun and, if we are really lucky, Police Squad reruns on the box. No kidding, Frank.

  • dewi

    ….and his Mam was Welsh btw…