The great and brilliant star of Airplane! and Naked Gun: From The Files of Police Squad, Leslie Nielsen died yesterday in Ft. Lauderdale of complications arising from pneumonia. He was 84 years old.
Leslie Nielsen was so good in Police Squad and the Naked Gun movies- especially the first Naked Gun film, you could literally go to any scene in the film and see something hilarious. Everything from the physical, to the verbal (“Hey! The missing evidence in the Kelner case! My God, he really was innocent!” “He went to the chair two years ago, Frank.” “Well, uh...”) from being the straight man, to the guy who delivered the punchline, Nielsen handled with ease and grace.
Sure, he spent the last dozen years of his life making every conceivable parody movie known to man, but who cares, he was the guy who said…
“Captain, how soon can you land?”
“I can't tell.”
“You can tell me. I'm a doctor.”
“No. I mean I'm just not sure.”
“Well, can't you take a guess?”
“Well, not for another two hours.”
“You can't take a guess for another two hours?”
Leslie Nielsen, one of the great deadpan comics of all time, RIP.
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