Monday, November 29, 2010

Comic Actor Lesie Nielsen Dies at 84

Leslie Nielsen and Anne Francis in "Forbidden Planet", 1956
Actor/comic genius Leslie Nielsen passed on Sunday due to complications from pneumonia. He was 84. The Canadian actor became best known for his roles in the "Airplane" and "Naked Gun"
movies, but got started his film career back in the 1950's in westerns and the classic Sci-Fi B-movie, "Forbidden Planet".

Nielsen didn't really break through until 1980's "Airplane", where his deadpan delivery contrasted with the absurdity that was going on all around him. The Zucker brothers, who created the "Airplane" films cast Nielsen in the short-lived TV cop show spoof, "Police Squad", which later spawned the "Naked Gun" movies.

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