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Actor Leslie Nielsen Dies at 84 167

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the definitely-will-be-missed dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Famous actor Leslie Nielsen died of pneumonia at a Florida hospital Sunday evening. Leslie was renowned for his comedic roles in dozens of films and TV shows, such as The Naked Gun and Police Squad. His characteristic style and humor was always enjoyable, and he will be sorely missed." Of course you might also remember him from The Forbidden Planet, which is classic sci-fi by any measure.
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Actor Leslie Nielsen Dies at 84

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  • by 2.7182 (819680) on Monday November 29, 2010 @08:46AM (#34373746)
    He was a funny guy. Bye dude!
    • Thanks for all the laughs you crazy Canuck... you made my life better!
  • Surely... (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 29, 2010 @08:46AM (#34373754)

    you can't be serious?

  • by Winckle (870180) <mark@[ ]ckle.co.uk ['win' in gap]> on Monday November 29, 2010 @08:48AM (#34373770) Homepage

    the doctors said it was 50/50, but there was only a 10% chance of that.

  • Sad... (Score:1, Redundant)

    by Stormwatch (703920)

    His characteristic style and humor was always enjoyable, and he will be sorely missed."

    Yes, it was. And don't call him Shirley.

  • He's Dead? (Score:5, Funny)

    by ObitMan (550793) on Monday November 29, 2010 @08:51AM (#34373806) Journal

    Let me know when his condition improves.

  • Cheer up, Ed. (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward

    This is not goodbye. It's just I won't ever see you again.

    Keep on your toes, and RIP.

  • by slackbheep (1420367) on Monday November 29, 2010 @08:55AM (#34373844)
    "Thanks, I just had it stuffed!"
  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday November 29, 2010 @08:56AM (#34373848)

    It's Enrico Pallazzo !

  • A dramatic actor (Score:5, Interesting)

    by invid (163714) on Monday November 29, 2010 @08:56AM (#34373850) Homepage
    Before the movie "Airplane", he had always been seen as a dramatic actor. It was because of his deadpan seriousness that he was able to be so funny. Also, his role as the captain of the starship in "Forbidden Planet" was a prototype for Captain Kirk.
    • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

      by Megane (129182)
      I always wished that someone would do a parody of Forbidden Planet with him in the starring role. It would have been awesome. I thought a good name for it would be "Prohibited Planet".
      • by thijsh (910751)
        Excellent idea! It would be a great homage. But the question is who can we find that can possibly follow in Leslie Nielsens footsteps? He was one of a kind... But hey, they've been cutting back on real actors for a long time.
    • by hedwards (940851)
      He was a dramatic actor prior to "Airplane," but I don't think that's why he was able to be so funny. I think that movie just revealed it. Comedic timing is something that a person has, one can develop it, but those of us that have it don't just wake up one day with it.

      Dead pan is a lot harder to do than a lot of folks realize. Getting the timing right and having all that stuff going on around you is definitely a challenge.

      Personally, I'll miss him. His work definitely helped me out when I was serious
    • by elrous0 (869638) *

      Airplane! gave a lot of dramatic actors the chance to do comedy. Some got the joke immediately (like Robert Graves and Leslie Neilsen). Some spent the entire shoot very confused (like Lloyd Bridges and Robert Stack).

  • Locksmith (Score:5, Funny)

    by skyriser2 (179031) on Monday November 29, 2010 @09:06AM (#34373934)

    Dutch Gunderson: Who are you and how did you get in here?
    Frank Drebin: I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith.
    -Police Squad

  • Pneumonia? He's not dead. He's gonna come back any moment now, synthetic lungs, three years in secret underwater ops.

  • but he wasn't dead then.
    • by elrous0 (869638) *

      I just hope his family didn't wait until the last minute to fill out those organ donor cards.

  • by elrous0 (869638) * on Monday November 29, 2010 @09:30AM (#34374106)

    You take a chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street, or sticking your face in a fan.

  • Last meal (Score:3, Funny)

    by Nidi62 (1525137) on Monday November 29, 2010 @09:31AM (#34374114)
    He just had to eat the fish, didn't he? RIP Leslie Nielsen, the world just got a little less funny.
  • by grub (11606) <slashdot@grub.net> on Monday November 29, 2010 @09:38AM (#34374202) Homepage Journal

    Time to re-watch Forbidden Planet.

    If you haven't seen it, do so! It's a true classic of sci-fi.
  • ... now who will I watch gladiator movies with?

    R.I.P., Mr. Nielsen.

  • Ahhh, the man who introduced me to the full-body condom, which I still use to this day.

    • by dargaud (518470)

      Ahhh, the man who introduced me to the full-body condom, which I still use to this day.

      You mean... your personality ?

  • Nice Beaver!
  • Leslie Nielsen walks into a bar...

    (to the waiter) "Give me the strongest thing you got."
    (In walks a body builder)
    "On second thought I'll have a black russian."
    (waiter turns to walk away, then turns toward the camera, looks at the audience, and shakes his head.)

  • Rest in peace, we're all still laughing at you. Thank you for the good memories you gave us and how you will still brighten our days as we remember you.
  • by GregC63 (1564363)
    Yes, he looked at me and said, "Doc," he said, "Some time, when the crew is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell 'em to get out there and give it all they've got. And win just one for the Zipper. I don't know where I'll be then Doc, he said. But I won't smell too good, that's for sure." Airplane is still one of my top 3 movies of all time. R.I.P Leslie Neilsen
    • Whaddaya think killed him?
    • Sex?
    • Not now, thanks.

    (BTW, these UL-lists look like crap.)

  • by tangent3 (449222) on Monday November 29, 2010 @10:45AM (#34374832)

    I just want to wish you good luck, we're all counting on you.

  • by durrr (1316311) on Monday November 29, 2010 @10:51AM (#34374878)
    I was thinking about him yesterday, of that one scene where he manages to flip the priceless but water intolerant pen into the aquarium with the award winning lionfish.
    Dunno why i was reminded of it, i didn't even remember what his name was, and when i remembered i wondered if he was still alive. And now i find out he died approximately when i was reminded of it.
    If i was paranormally inclined i'd claim to have psychic powers, but i guess it's just coincidence. It's a loss either way, he was my childhood comedy hero.
  • ... someone mentioned Police Squad!!
  • What a great guy! (Score:3, Informative)

    by NormHome (99305) on Monday November 29, 2010 @11:30AM (#34375326)

    I was honored to meet him at a SciFi show a couple years ago, he was very pleasant and seemed to really enjoy the fact that he still had so many fans. He will be greatly missed!

  • Maybe a nice holiday in Beirut...
  • by seebs (15766) on Monday November 29, 2010 @12:43PM (#34376276) Homepage

    I was sad to hear that his death did not involve a banana peel, a wheelchair, and eight flights of stairs.

    Re-watched Naked Gun last night. A very funny movie. The man really was brilliant. Also of interest to people who enjoyed it, "Repossessed", an Exorcist parody which uses the same actor that was the possessed girl in the original, and a few other similarly silly movies. Great use of sight gags and silly dialogue.

    I think a lot of people underestimate the positive effects comedians have on our world. I've got a nasty cold, but while I was watching that movie, I was happy and not particularly bothered by the cold.

  • But I will always remember you most for your portrayal of Commander J.J. Adams in Forbidden Planet [imdb.com]. You and Robbie rocked!

  • Of course you might also remember him from The Forbidden Planet, which is classic sci-fi by any measure.

    It is Forbidden Planet . There is no "The" in front of it.

  • Name one person who has purposely farted on a morning show to get a laugh....

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5egaR4WvLPY [youtube.com]

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