November 28, 2010

Leslie Nielsen, Dead at 84 [rdbrewer]
— Open Blogger

He was suffering from pneumonia.

His nephew Doug Nielson, told CJOB that Leslie had been in the hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for 12 days and that with family and friends by his side at 5:30pm Sunday “he just fell asleep and passed away.”

What a great guy. I've heard several people say that he was a great guy in person as well, very nice. His work in later years in the comedies was so fantastic that it nearly overshadowed his prior excellent work as a dramatic actor. I think I laughed more and harder watching his movies than any others. He will be missed.

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1 Surely you must be joking.

Posted by: Old grizzled gym coach at November 28, 2010 05:00 PM (QBQcg)

2 He was in American Carol, too.

Posted by: Benson at November 28, 2010 05:00 PM (qzcNU)

3

Posted by: Armando at November 28, 2010 05:01 PM (N//pm)

4 He wasn't joking, and don't call him Shirley.

Posted by: Armando at November 28, 2010 05:02 PM (N//pm)

5 At last his long reign of terror is over.  Huzzah!

Posted by: Shirley at November 28, 2010 05:02 PM (mEyVv)

6 Here's a talented man who was smart enough to completely reinvent himself when he passed his prime as a leading man.

RIP, Mr. Neilson.

Posted by: MCPO Airdale at November 28, 2010 05:02 PM (SsNRK)

7
What a nice beaver!

(I was too late for the classic "Shirley" joke; had to throw out something.

Posted by: Alamo at November 28, 2010 05:04 PM (iGfil)

8 I try not to let celebrities get to me when they pass away..

But in his case, how he was able to get you to not only laugh but laugh out loud, that it gets past the guard and hits home. 

Posted by: Dave C at November 28, 2010 05:04 PM (BomQM)

9 I just wanted to tell you both good luck; we're all counting on you.

Posted by: ChuckOH at November 28, 2010 05:06 PM (esMVq)

10 What's remarkable is that even when "old," he was able to do humor that was just plain hilarious; not simply "funny for an old guy." 

Even though there are some lefty comedians that make me puke, I'll still go with humor as the best single measurement of smarts/wisdom out there.

Very sad.

Posted by: ParisParamus at November 28, 2010 05:07 PM (del3r)

11 one of my all time favorites! So sad. If you have seen the naked gun movies, check out the 6 episode tv series that preceded it(that was taken off the air by an ABC exec cuz folks had to pay too much attention to the gags and puns, really!) Called Police Squad.
R.I.P.

Posted by: ziggyee at November 28, 2010 05:08 PM (vLzDm)

12 The intresting thing about the movie, Airplane!, is that it had a slew of 'serious' actors all playing against type..

Lloyd Bridges (Picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue), Robert Stack, Peter Graves, Chuck Connors..

And Leslie Nielsen.. 

Part of that and just how damn funny it was...

Posted by: Dave C at November 28, 2010 05:09 PM (BomQM)

13 He'll definitely be missed. A true class act.

Posted by: Corona at November 28, 2010 05:10 PM (CdbZP)

14 Don't forget...he played the alpha male captain in Forbidden Planet....probably the prototype for every sci-fi captain to come after him.

 I'm looking at you, Mr. Shatner.


Posted by: Asher at November 28, 2010 05:10 PM (oyHvV)

15 He was, absolutely a wonderful guy in person. Met him once, and he was completely down to earth, not a diva (divo?) at all. It's a Saskatchewan thing, I think.

Posted by: ExurbanKevin at November 28, 2010 05:12 PM (toqoX)

16 I met him once. He was as nice as you'd want him to have been.

Just a good guy who happened to be an actor with a phenomenal range, good as a "straight" leading man, even better in comedy roles.

There are too few Leslie Neilsons out there. RIP.

Posted by: MrScribbler© at November 28, 2010 05:12 PM (Ulu3i)

17

RIP to a true legend.

And what the world's governments are begging the Israelis to do, he did in 3 minutes.

Posted by: The Q at November 28, 2010 05:12 PM (2dOeM)

18 I picked a bad day to stop sniffing glue!

Posted by: sonnyspats at November 28, 2010 05:12 PM (Szp6V)

19

He was very funny in real life too.  He went around a lot of the time with a fart machine, playing pranks on people.

One time I saw him on a talk show talking about his dramatic career and the success of his comedic career.  With all seriousness, he said, to paraphrase, "This is how I would deliver a line in a drama: [and he delivers a short line]; and this is how I would deliver a line in a comedy [same exact line, same exact delivery!]."  Gawd, that was funny. 

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 28, 2010 05:15 PM (7hPoF)

20 Oh, no.  He'll be missed.

Posted by: Lone Marauder at November 28, 2010 05:15 PM (po5rq)

21

What's remarkable is that even when "old," he was able to do humor that was just plain hilarious; not simply "funny for an old guy." 

Yeah, Paris, he continued to be a leading man in comedies.  At that age.  Amazing.

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 28, 2010 05:17 PM (7hPoF)

22 I loved him in Due South as the Mountie.

Posted by: mpfs at November 28, 2010 05:19 PM (3TjSM)

23 He used to do that fart gag in the little town I lived in in the early 90's. He had a friend that owned a nice country golf course.  He'd walk in the store or bank ...someone would recognize him and as soon as they did he'd use that fart maker.

Posted by: Quilly Mammoth at November 28, 2010 05:21 PM (3WlaW)

24

Quilly, you lived in Oklahoma?

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 28, 2010 05:22 PM (7hPoF)

Posted by: al at November 28, 2010 05:23 PM (4nxhP)

26 Mr. Neilson, Moron Nation salutes your contributions to comedy.

Posted by: LibertarianJim at November 28, 2010 05:23 PM (86FvD)

27

Cemetary?  What is it?

It's a big field with graves (and now one of them holds a very talented man), but that's not important right now.

Forbidden Planet, Airplane, Naked Gun-RIP you beautiful diamond.

Posted by: CavMedic at November 28, 2010 05:23 PM (rYFmu)

28

Quilly, you lived in Oklahoma?

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 28, 2010 10:22 PM (7hPoF)

Guthrie. 

Posted by: Quilly Mammoth at November 28, 2010 05:27 PM (3WlaW)

29

Van Helsing (Mel Brooks):

Vlad Tepest, also known as Vlad the Impaler? You impaled thousands of villagers in the middle ages?

Count Dracula (Leslie Neilson):

They had it coming!  

Posted by: Log Cabin at November 28, 2010 05:28 PM (/EcIK)

30 He'd walk in the store or bank ...someone would recognize him and as soon as they did he'd use that fart maker.

I got news for you.. That fart making machine was only a cover.

Posted by: Leslie Nielsen from beyond the grave at November 28, 2010 05:29 PM (BomQM)

31 Posted by: CavMedic

That was pretty good.

Posted by: Dave C at November 28, 2010 05:30 PM (BomQM)

32 rdbrewer, was remarking most directly on that football ad in the ONT, which appears to be from 2005 (so he was 79)  It's obvious he's older, and yet to do physical comedy (actually, 1/2 physical, 1/2 very verbal) is just very impressive.

Posted by: ParisParamus at November 28, 2010 05:32 PM (del3r)

33 You can tell me, I'm a doctor

Posted by: Dr Rumack at November 28, 2010 05:33 PM (vdfwz)

34 Interesting fact: Leslie Nielson was an Auburn fan.

Posted by: FUBAR at November 28, 2010 05:34 PM (McG46)

35 "I've heard several people say that he was a great guy in person as well, very nice." Truth. I met him in the late '80s at a PGA tournament when I lived in CT. He was as goofy in real life as in his movies, and a nice, personable guy.

Posted by: ericinva at November 28, 2010 05:35 PM (tQAbr)

36 hilarious dude. RIP and thank you for the memories and laughter

Posted by: Frank G at November 28, 2010 05:38 PM (4X0aT)

37 *Translation for non-Hoser readers.

Posted by: andycanuck at November 28, 2010 10:01 PM (ocvEI)

Andy, is "hoser" a slur or not?  I've gotten mixed signals

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 10:35 PM (c1oyg)

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 05:38 PM (c1oyg)

38 Very sad news.  RIP, Mr. Nielsen.

Posted by: Theresa D at November 28, 2010 05:40 PM (kl2vp)

39 Interesting fact: Leslie Nielson was an Auburn fan.

That IS interesting, because I'm an Auburn fan too!

Posted by: Sarah Palin at November 28, 2010 05:42 PM (McG46)

40 War Damn Eagle!

Posted by: Zombie Ronald Reagan at November 28, 2010 05:43 PM (McG46)

41 He will be missed.  The world got a little less funny today.

Posted by: logprof at November 28, 2010 05:46 PM (BP6Z1)

42 Aww he was great.  No one else was as good taking a straight line and making it funny.

It's Enrico Pallazzo!

Posted by: brak at November 28, 2010 05:46 PM (nIoiW)

43 I love his dramatic movies as well as his comedic ones. 1st time I ever saw him was opposite Debbie Reynolds in Tammy and Bachelor, and they both really made that movie work. Then I saw his later movies and I was impressed with his great range. Always heard he was a kind man, too.

RIP, Leslie Nielson.

Posted by: Miss'80sBaby at November 28, 2010 05:47 PM (yfJ6g)

44

Don't forget...he played the alpha male captain in Forbidden Planet....probably the prototype for every sci-fi captain to come after him.

 I'm looking at you, Mr. Shatner.

Posted by: Asher at November 28, 2010 10:10 PM

Yes.  I always thought Roddenberry had drawn his idea for Kirk at least in part from Nielsen's role in Forbidden Planet.

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 28, 2010 05:47 PM (7hPoF)

45 And better that he went peacefully, instead of getting caught in the gears of a combine, or getting his nuts bit off by a raving Laplander...

ha, so many good lines

Posted by: brak at November 28, 2010 05:47 PM (nIoiW)

46 I'll always remember him, speculum in hand and female passengers in the stirrups.....

Posted by: Ombudsman at November 28, 2010 05:48 PM (c1oyg)

47 Don't move.  I've got a gun.  Not here, but I've got one.

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 28, 2010 05:52 PM (7hPoF)

48 Guy I would most like to have a beer with. Too bad I think about that now and can't possibly try and make it happen. Damn it! RIP Leslie Nielson. Condolences to the family.

Posted by: Mephitis at November 28, 2010 05:52 PM (ehXLT)

49 I'll miss him. He was one of the funniest guys in American comedy. I would watch a Leslie Nielsen movie before I would watch anything with any of these other so-called comedians. May God's eternal light shine upon Leslie Nielsen, and may He grant him rest.

Posted by: apodoca at November 28, 2010 05:53 PM (JCHdz)

50 Interesting fact: Leslie Nielson was an Auburn fan.

Yes, I left Cam Newton some walkin'-around paper in my will.

Posted by: Leslie Nielsen at November 28, 2010 05:53 PM (vbh31)

51 Speaking of his will, there are going to be a lot of old millionaires dropping off the mortal coil without heroic measures during the next 33 days

Posted by: chris at November 28, 2010 05:58 PM (JF5HH)

52 RIP Leslie Nielsen

Posted by: NotAMolly at November 28, 2010 05:59 PM (ADJFU)

53 Buzz'n. Buzz'n Frog.

Posted by: Buzz'n Frog at November 28, 2010 06:00 PM (0IR+C)

54 Ben Stiller, Will Farrell, and all the other recycled douchebags we see on every "comedy" movie that sucks should be tied down and forced to watch Nielsen in action. Then they'll see comic acting that is actually funny

Posted by: kbdabear at November 28, 2010 06:01 PM (vdfwz)

55 Who?

Posted by: Charlie Gibson at November 28, 2010 06:02 PM (cxGtL)

56 RIP. Loved his work. I have all of the Naked Gun flicks, but I can't watch them anymore, can't stand the sight of OJ.

Posted by: navybrat at November 28, 2010 06:02 PM (Q+uIe)

57

Funny thing about Nielsen is that you can watch one of his old movies and make it funny by thinking it's a comedy.  That way, it feels like he's always on the verge of a hilarious gag.  I start laughing sometimes.  Last time I watched Forbidden Planet, it was hilarious when I would hold that thought in my head.

I saw an actress say that he had ruined his prior work because of those comedies--that you couldn't watch him now without laughing.  She felt like he shouldn't have done them.  I disagree.  It's only when I want to see him as funny in a dramatic role that he becomes funny. 

I think all of this is a testament to how skilled an actor he was.

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 28, 2010 06:03 PM (7hPoF)

58 #55, yeah, but that wouldn't help.

I actually think movies are an endangered species.  In the future, everything will either be movies for tv, or tv series.

Sorry James Cameron.  Asshole.

Posted by: ParisParamus at November 28, 2010 06:04 PM (del3r)

59

RIP Mr. Nieilsen. Missing you already.

Posted by: Tightie Rightie at November 28, 2010 06:08 PM (Rcm5x)

60

Not to deathjack but Neptunus Lex reports that Richard Winters of Band of Brothers fame is dying of Parkinson's.

What a freakin' way to live/die

Posted by: DAve at November 28, 2010 06:10 PM (UMNUQ)

61 She felt like he shouldn't have done them.  I disagree.

Same here. He'll always be remembered fondly for his later stuff. That's a fitting epitaph in and of itself.

Posted by: Soap MacTavish at November 28, 2010 06:12 PM (vbh31)

62 Talent well used, kind sir. Thank you. Godspeed.

Posted by: Kim Jong-Mentally-Ill at November 28, 2010 06:13 PM (mYyhb)

Posted by: rdbrewer at November 28, 2010 06:16 PM (7hPoF)

64 Re-watching Police Squad now. Brilliant.

Posted by: jcjimi at November 28, 2010 06:16 PM (8lAR4)

65 And yet, Larry King lives. . .

Posted by: Adirondack Patriot at November 28, 2010 06:16 PM (HIXUa)

66 "It's Enrique Palazzo!"

RIP to a guy who gave me a thousand laughs.

Posted by: Bender Bending Rodriguez at November 28, 2010 06:17 PM (kRwPG)

67 "Police Squad" was one of the best shows ever.  R.I.P. Mr. N.

Posted by: Cynthia at November 28, 2010 06:22 PM (SvFid)

68

Posted by: FUBAR at November 28, 2010 10:34 PM (McG46)

An even more interesting fact is that unlike you, Leslie Nielsen will be missed.

Posted by: The War Between the Undead States at November 28, 2010 06:27 PM (F5Gxy)

69 What a great guy!!! He actually relished wikileaks!!!

Posted by: gringocachingo at November 28, 2010 06:34 PM (JB+HC)

70 54 Buzz'n. Buzz'n Frog.

Born along the shores of the Urilava River in Rapala.  Up there by Timber Doodle.  With an important stop in Mensroom.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JogttpcKFIA

Posted by: Lou at November 28, 2010 06:37 PM (MkXBH)

71 Nielsen was no conservative, yet the fact that he would agree to appear in that American Carol fiasco out of loyal friendship to David Zucker proved he was a classy guy in addition to being funny as hell in all of those old Police Squad! shows and films.

RIP Lt. Drebin

Posted by: Sweet Lucifer Morningstar at November 28, 2010 06:41 PM (q/Y+m)

72 I just want you to know we're all counting on you...and don't call me Shirley

Posted by: Scott at November 28, 2010 06:43 PM (S3AFi)

73 Damn...

RIP Mr. Nielsen

Posted by: KG at November 28, 2010 06:47 PM (2pDBV)

74 Goodnight, sweet prince of darkness!

Posted by: Ranba Ral at November 28, 2010 07:13 PM (KSjrh)

75

Doctors said he had a 50/50 chance of living, but it seemed there was only a 10 percent chance of that.

We'll miss you Leslie.

Posted by: Aaron at November 28, 2010 07:35 PM (XUIJ5)

76
I will always think of him whenever I see a nice beaver. Leslie is not dead,
just press play.

Posted by: sickinmass at November 28, 2010 07:36 PM (1rflU)

77 He buried Ted Danson alive and let the tide drown him. That alone is sure to get him past the Pearly Gates.

Posted by: eman at November 28, 2010 07:55 PM (kn74g)

78 Losing good comedians is so depressing.

Posted by: The Mega Independent at November 28, 2010 07:59 PM (5I0Yr)

79 "Who are you and how did you get in here?"

"I'm the locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith."

-- Police Squad is worth re-watching.

Posted by: Merovign, Strong on His Mountain at November 28, 2010 08:01 PM (bxiXv)

80 I've thought for a while that God selects special people to run the details in the world, after they pass away.

The world should make a little more sense but still be just as funny now that Leslie will be taking over from Groucho Marx.

Posted by: Merovign, Strong on His Mountain at November 28, 2010 08:05 PM (bxiXv)

81 It's sad to lose a man who brought so much humor to a world that needs it so bad.  Rest in peace Mr. Nielsen.

Posted by: Case at November 28, 2010 08:30 PM (0K+Kw)

82 He also auditioned for the role of Masala, the evil Roman, in Ben Hur. The DVD has his screen test on it. His delivery in a serious role is, like someone upthread pointed out, the same as his line delivery in a comedic role. I can't watch the screen test without busting out laughing.

Posted by: Craig at November 28, 2010 08:51 PM (xP8Aq)

83

What's that smell?  Raw sewerage?

I love it.

Raw Sewerage?

I. LOVE. IT.

Mr. Nielsen, we'll miss you.

Posted by: Big Mo at November 28, 2010 09:41 PM (s6lRw)

84 Two words: Enrico Palazzo Godspeed, Mr. Nielsen.

Posted by: Enrico Palazzo at November 28, 2010 10:41 PM (DVD1N)

85 Fabulous lines and delivery, and his physical comedy was unsurpassed.  Did he EVER smile in his movies, as he left the rest of us giggling and snorting?

Posted by: Navy Guy at November 29, 2010 03:32 AM (dOOBu)

86 Cigarette? Yes, I know.

Posted by: db at November 29, 2010 03:52 AM (0Pta/)

87 Don't forget his excellent turn in Creepshow as the cheerful murderer of his wife and her lover. "On the subject of what is mine, for example, I'm not sane at all."

R.I.P.

Posted by: The Chap in the Deerstalker Cap at November 29, 2010 04:10 AM (qndXR)

88 my favorite line from The Naked Gun (only its not LN that says it)

Mayor speaking to Drebin:

Entering without a search warrant, destroying property, arson, sexual assault with a concrete dildo !?!?

What the hell were you doing there in the first place ?

Posted by: atwoodsux at November 29, 2010 04:39 AM (dmE5b)

89 Nordberg could not be reached for comment.

Posted by: Moog Rogue at November 29, 2010 05:49 AM (4YKaN)

90 Don't forget him as Colonel Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox! (Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color).  

Posted by: rrpjr at November 29, 2010 05:54 AM (kn6ak)

91 I have a picture of a friend of mine with Leslie. My friend is in the process of cracking up. Apparently Leslie had the fart noise going as the picture was being taken.

Posted by: Farmer Joe at November 29, 2010 06:48 AM (z4es9)

92 I saw him in both FORBIDEN PLANET(i have it on DVD) and he was the captian in the origional version THE POSIDEN ADVENTURE

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at December 01, 2010 07:09 AM (vA9ld)

93 News showed a clip of him being interviewed and the fart machine was referenced.  Asked how he wanted to be remembered, he said his epitaph should say "Let her rip!"

Posted by: hotshot3000 at December 02, 2010 09:56 AM (zR9tX)

94 There are a lot of reasons why women prefer to buy designer shoes. Some say these fashion items give their self-confidence a boost.

Posted by: designer shoes at April 07, 2011 05:36 AM (0kJGt)

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