Leslie Nielsen reported dead

Leslie Nielsen reported dead

“Don’t call me Shirley.”

Leslie Nielsen has reportedly died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 84.

Now most associated with wacky comedies, like the Naked Gun movies and Airplane!, Nielsen had a serious leading role in the Shakespeare-inspired science fiction classic, Forbidden Planet.

In a career that spanned from 1950 through a scheduled release in 2011, Leslie Nielsen has always been genre friendly.  He appeared in several episodes each of the early anthology shows Lights Out and Tales of Tomorrow.  He appeared on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, and was a regular on the soap opera Peyton Place.  He had a regular role on Dr. Kildare as well.

He worked steadily through the seventies, appearing on many iconic TV series. 

His career really got a boost when he appeared in the farcical movie Airplane!  He followed that with the short-lived but cult-loved series Police Squad.  That in turn became the Naked Gun movies. 

Over time, he has played so many roles (Dracula! Santa Claus!) and made so many people laugh that it is hard to sum up his career.  He’ll be missed, surely. 

“Yes, and don’t call me Shirley.”

Good-bye, Leslie…the world is a little less silly tonight…and that makes it a little sadder.

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle. 

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