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The Commander of the United Planet Cruiser C57D, Leslie Nielsen, has passed...

Hey folks, Harry here with the sad news that reached my ears the second that Yoko & I were finished assembling our now appropriately BLACK Christmas Tree... "Leslie Nielsen has died." I never met him, but I've always known his work. There isn't a moment in my life that I can recall, not loving FORBIDDEN PLANET, my personal favorite science fiction film of all time. I've seen it countless times. And I loved Leslie Nielsen's COMMANDER J.J> Adams... I love how he quarrels with Anne Francis' Altaira, in a playful yet concerned manner. I love how he interacts with his crew, the tone he takes with Walter Pidgeon's Morbius. And I love when he's reprimanded for attempting to make an image with the Krell's children's toy. For me, Leslie Nielsen represented COMMAND in my mind. I had no notion that the future of Space Travel would be Commanded by a Canadian. But that was the case. He came into this world in 1926 in regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was one of many actors that hit the scene at the birth of Television, getting steady work beginning in the Fifties on a variety of acting showcase shows like THE ACTOR'S STUDIO, KRAFT THEATER, STUDIO ONE, THE PHILCO-GOODYEAR TELEVISION PLAYHOUSE... and these shows were awesome. Far more literate and intelligent than our reality TV we're stuck in. If you love FORBIDDEN PLANET, by all means, check out Leslie's work on TALES OF TOMORROW, he was in quite a few episodes and was always extremely solid. From 1950-1956 - Leslie did over 80 parts on Television, then he was cast as the Commander in FORBIDDEN PLANET - First, he was in RANSOM! - a solid thriller which Ron Howard and Mel Gibson remade as RANSOM. His next big break was when Walt Disney picked him to become THE SWAMP FOX for Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color. I love that theme song, and the show was quite a bit of fun. Then he landed the role of Lt Price Adams on the hardnosed Detective show, THE NEW BREED, which was beloved, but short run. He followed that up with long stints on DR. KILDARE and later PEYTON PLACE. He spent a lot of time on TV - Personally, I loved his recurring role on KUNG FU. But you have to understand, he was constantly working. Then... in the Seventies, his film career started kicking back in... I loved him in the utterly psychotic DAY OF THE ANIMALS... and he's fun in VIVA KNIEVAL!... But it was THE KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE that foreshadowed his powers as a gag-man. That was nailed home with his Dr. Rumack in AIRPLANE! Then a TV show happened called POLICE SQUAD! and he first played Detective Frank Drebin... which turned into the insanely successful NAKED GUN series - and soon - he was typecast as a buffoon. Right in the midst of that, he played an amazing asshole in CREEPSHOW! But once he began Drebin, the audience couldn't really get enough. This was one of those iconic roles that an actor spends a life trying to find. If only it had been his COMMANDER... I dream of an ongoing series of features produced on the scale of FORBIDDEN PLANET following his crew on their adventures. Alas - it is the fodder of dreams alone. But through all the comedy, he remained for me the Commander in FORBIDDEN PLANET. Working with Robby The Robot, loving Altaira - and living in the vastness of space with not quite 18 surviving competitively selected super-perfect physical specimens with an average age of 24.6... And he was proud of that. He was working right up until his death. Leslie Nielsen was a classic working actor. Incredibly professional and according to everyone I have ever spoken to about him... they felt he was a fantastic person and not at all the buffoon that was Drebin. Farewell Leslie, we loved ya! You made us laugh & gasp. We cheered for you and cried laughing at you. You were one of the great ones and you will always be missed. My god, the gags you could have done out of this TSA deal... could've been genius! See, I miss you already.

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with some thoughts on Leslie Nielsen's passing. The Naked Gun was a pivotal movie in my childhood. It was a grown up comedy and I remember my parents having a discussion about whether or not I should see it, if it'd be too much for me. I don't recall if I saw it in the theater or not, but I did watch it at an age too young to get a lot of the humor. I didn't know why my parents were laughing when Leslie Nielsen complimented Priscilla Presley's stuffed beaver, but I laughed along. Then, as I grew older, I began getting more and more of the humor, beyond the slapstick. Of course, Nielsen's other '80s work was a big part of my childhood as well, especially Airplane! and Creepshow. His dry comedic performance in Airplane is one for the textbooks. Frank Drebin of the Police Squad/Naked Gun movies and TV shows is a bit of a goof, always taking pratfalls, being loud and crazy... but Dr. Rumack is not. He's dead serious (and don't call him Shirley) and completely sincere, which makes him so damn funny. But Nielsen was a dramatic actor before he found fame as a mature funnyman. To be completely fair, he was never a great dramatic actor, but he had a presence that was undeniable, especially in the sci-fi classic Forbidden Planet. When I began collecting 16mm one of the first prints I got (in fact I think it came with the projector) was an obscure little suspense movie from 1964 called NIGHT TRAIN TO PARIS. It's obscure for a reason, kind of a cash in on a James Bond type story with a noir-ish twist and it's not the best put-together film in the world, but once again Nielsen, playing an OSS officer, was the most interesting part of the movie. I never got to meet the man, but I'll always have warm feeling for him, not just because of what he meant to me as a performer, but because he was once really nice to my mother. She met him at an airport and shared a plane with him. Not only did he give her an autograph and took a photo, but during the flight he'd periodically lean out into the aisle and wave, calling out "Hello, Vicki!" back to her in coach. Her seatmates thought she was hot shit. The man will be missed. My thoughts are with Mr. Nielsen's friends, family and fans.

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  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:12 p.m. CST

    super bummer

    by unkempt_sock

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by detonator

    so sad

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    A true Giant - RIP

    by Dirk_The_Amoeba

    You will be missed

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST

    Hate to be first

    by ndally

    Cause that's a pretty tall order

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:13 p.m. CST


    by Gelatinousman


  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST


    by Osiris3657

    Leslie Nielsen was a legend...he will be missed.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST

    God damnit.

    by Cosmo Nautilus

    R.I.P., sir. I sincerely thought you'd never go.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    Surely you can't be serious?

    by BacardiRocky

    And when he get's to heaven they better not call him Shirly. RIP. :(

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:17 p.m. CST

    I just wanted to say

    by CountOrlok

    Good luck. We're all counting on you. R.I.P, funnyman

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Someones gonna say it. "surely you must be joking"

    by ndally

    Yes i am. But don't call me Shirley

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    this is sad

    by detectivesoap

    anybody besides me like wrongfully accused? "Your lies are like bananas. They come in big yellow bunches."

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by JohnnyThanatos

    Oh damn. No. DAMN! (fuck)

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:18 p.m. CST

    ohhhh man :( I grew up watching him.

    by Mike_D

    condolences to his family and friends

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    Ah shit misquote

    by ndally

    Fail for me. God damn it

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:19 p.m. CST

    and don't call me Shirley.

    by Mike_D

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    What really sucks the most...

    by JohnnyThanatos

    I had held out hope for Naked gun 4 once OJ got out :/

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    one of saddest news this 2010

    by The Chosen

    terrible indeed. Rip Frank.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    Will Be Missed

    by puto tenax

    Whenever I watch him in Forbidden Planet and those cool laser pistols. And the "nice beaver" line in Naked Gun. Still makes me laugh. Thanks, Les, it was fun.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    I'm so sad to hear this news

    by lochkray

    A true funnyman, and a talent beyond the slapstick films that dominated the latter part of his career - which he was always great in too. My condolences to his family and friends. Rest in peace.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:20 p.m. CST

    RIP Leslie

    by detectivesoap

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST

    See if he had the fish.

    by Zirlin

    R.I.P. Leslie. You were the best!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:22 p.m. CST


    by v1cious

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST


    by nobodycallsmcflyachicken

    Frank Drebbin rocked

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Aww, man..... damn....RIP, Mr Nielsen. You are SO respected.

    by BigTwinkie

    May you enjoy the afterlife as much as we've enjoyed your time on Earth.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:24 p.m. CST


    by frank cotton

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    No one funnier... ever.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST

    In 2005 he met the Queen for real

    by DougMcKenzie

    Unfortunately it was not as funny as he played it out in Naked Gun II. His best friend was James "Scotty" Doohan and there careers peaked and valleyed at different times, and they often helped each other out financially.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:25 p.m. CST


    by Lucky_Day

    We lost a true icon.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    He has gone to a better place

    by Knockers

    But it won't smell too good I guarantee it.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST


    by Bruce Leroy

    Another one of the greats gone. My condolences to his family and friend. Sir, Leslie Nielsen...I salute you!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:27 p.m. CST

    Rip Leslie! First saw him at a drive in with...

    by krod

    Airplane and Fatso as the double bill. Hey harry what does a black Xmas tree look like? Combo of old and remake of the movie?

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by secretcylon

    Great one.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    And he was a great dramatic actor as well.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    AIRPLANE! is 30 years old

    by Sir Loin

    Amazing to think that I saw that in the theaters so long ago, and he's kept me laughing ever since.<p>Check out his Monday Night Football intro if you've never seen it:

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST

    Can't thank him enough

    by Razier

    for all the laughs he's given me. RIP Leslie

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:28 p.m. CST


    by THX1968

    Leslie Nielsen had such a great career! Forbidden Planet will always be a favorite. As will Airplane! and Police Squad!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    Pirate 3D show at Sea World

    by jimbojones123

    Beat that obscure reference!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:29 p.m. CST

    I could really used a Black Russian right now.

    by JuanSanchez

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Quint... it's "Nielsen," not "Nielson."


  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Thanks for the laughs, good sir!

    by SirBiatchReturns

    You were an essential part of my childhood. RIP

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    The first time

    by secretcylon

    I saw The Naked Gun in the theatre I laughed so damned hard from the first second the movie started I was worried I would get "laughed out" and not be able to laugh at the rest of the movie. Did not happen. I laughed so much it really, really, hurt. Thank you Mr Nielson.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Thanks for making life better.

    by banville

    Rest in peace.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Nice Beaver

    by MurderMostFowl

    man I am so majorly bummed now. I remember seeing police squad on TV and thinking it was the funniest thing I had ever seen. My brother and I would watch it and miss half the episode because we'd be laughing so much. We end up having to tape them on the VCR just so we could get through the episode. <BR><BR> Leslie Neilsen has been one of the stronger influences on my sense of humor in my life. Sorry to see him go.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    What's that awful smell?

    by Blanket-Man

    "That would be me - I've been swimming in raw sewage." No actor before or since could deliver that line in such hilariously deadpan fashion as Mr. Nielson. Godspeed, Det. Drebin... You made me laugh an awful lot.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Kid Idioteque

    by secretcylon

    Nielsen. Sorry. Really wish they had an edit feature round here.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    BOOOOO! My FESTIVUS is Ruined!

    by Linguo_IS_Dead

    And don't call me Shirley.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:34 p.m. CST

    This is a great loss for

    by Juggernaut125

    movie lovers. In his memory I'm watching all of the episodes of Police Squad. They are sooo good.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:35 p.m. CST

    RIP and thanks...

    by Powerring

    Underrated and understated making the niche of straight man as the center of comedy.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:36 p.m. CST

    I really wish

    by secretcylon

    we could set aside a day and celebrate some of these great people while they're still alive. Focus on their great work, forget the bad... Thank them for everything...

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:39 p.m. CST

    sad news...

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    Damn. Just...damn. RIP Shirley

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    Should place a flashing police light on the top of the coffin

    by Yamato

    and film the coffin's journey, where ever it may go. God I will miss him, he was one of Canada's funniest actors, and that's saying a lot.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:41 p.m. CST

    What, no ban hammer warning?

    by Arthur_Digby_Sellers

    This guy was great and anyone who even considers talking poorly of him should be banned, like for reals.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:45 p.m. CST

    He's not in Kentucky Fried Movie, Harry.

    by BauerJackBauer

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Doctors said he's only got a 50/50 chance of living

    by ndally

    but there's only a 10% chance of that

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST

    The end of an era

    by otakuoverlord

    RIP Leslie- Naked Gun, Police Squad, Airplane, even Spy Hard. And you did serious shit like Forbidden Planet too? Fuck, you're a nerd icon and we never even said thank you. There won't be another quite like him.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    An obit? What is it?

    by TheGreatHomsar

    It's a brief couple of paragraphs written about someone who died, but that's not important right now.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:50 p.m. CST

    His movies may have been schlokey

    by smackfu

    but Police Squad was a work of pure, absurd genius.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:53 p.m. CST

    Will they let Nordberg out of jail for the funeral?

    by la_sith

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:54 p.m. CST

    You didn't even show his best clip!

    by Orionsangels

    The baseball clip from the first Naked Gun. Aw well. He was funny. I thought he'd live forever. RIP

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    The water's so SALTY...

    by Nasty In The Pasty're down there, holding your breath, just waiting for the wave that's covering you to go on back out so you can snatch a quick breath --" [sharp inhale] "-- before the next waaaaaaaaaaave rolls in."<BR><BR>That was always the scariest sequence in Creepshow for me (beats the fuck out of any of the torture methods in the Saw movies), and Nielsen's deliciously nasty performace as Richard Vickers was a big part of the reason it worked (and why his eventual comuppance was so deeply, darkyl satisfying). The rest of the movie is hit-and-miss, but Nielsen helped make "Something To Tide You Over" the most genuinely haunting segment of the film. It's a shame he got so hopelessly typecase in a series of incresingly lame spoof movies over the past 20 years (as brilliant as Airplane! and The Naked Gun still are, they've left an evil comic legacy that hit its nadir in the cinema of Seltzer & Friedberg), but it was always kind of comforting to see Nielsen mugging and trying his best to elevate lame crap like Repossesed and Wrongfully Accused and Spy Hard. He will be missed.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 9:59 p.m. CST

    Journey well, Mr. Nielsen!

    by ReportAbuse

    I wish I had met him. I always wanted to let him know that I really do like gladiator movies. I surely do.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10 p.m. CST


    by chrisdosmil

    Weird (for me) that this happened today. They were showing a naked gun movie on TV and I was wondering what he was up to. Too bad it had to be dying :(

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:01 p.m. CST

    Stupid Grim Reaper...

    by WeylandYutani

    Apparently you don't have a sense of humour.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Act II.

    by Juggernaut125


  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:06 p.m. CST

    "You do speak French, don't you? "

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    "Unfortunately no, but I do kiss that way."<P>Well, this is sad...and strange. I was just thinking about him the other day; wondering if he had fallen ill or something in the past few years. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.<P>Although Leslie deserves a ton of respect for being working man's actor, he was, without a doubt, a fantastic comedic actor and a total master of delivery. The character of Frank Drebin was the role of a lifetime and should be remembered as one of the great icons of comedy.<P>RIP, sir.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST

    Goodnight, Mr. Nielsen

    by cyberuck

    You'll be missed, and fondly remembered. You were one of a kind.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:12 p.m. CST

    by Cigar2

    So Long RIP.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:14 p.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Nielsen, excellent actor and comedian.

    by Greatroarer

    As most everyone here, I've watched Leslie's antics since childhood. He can't be replaced, this is a sad day for me.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Leslie Nielsen

    by Dlgothv

    RIP. Man was a giant of my childhood. Let's not forget not only Naked Gun and sequels, but Dracula: Dead & Loving It...

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:16 p.m. CST

    Dracula dead and loving it!

    by jazzylg

    Classic movie, and hilarious! You'll be missed Leslie.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:17 p.m. CST

    RIP Sir.Indeed a Giant.

    by KilliK

    and like a lot of other people,i grew up watching his movies,with his Naked Gun comedies being my most favorite.RIP.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Aww...A sad day indeed. RIP Mr. Nielsen. ;(

    by Sulla

    I grew up on his comedy, he was always one of my favorites and always made me smile. We have lost a great man today. ;(

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:19 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace

    by ciroslive

    I serious actor and a seriously funny comedic actor when called upon. A seriously sad day...

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    RIP Mr. Nielsen

    by theonecalledshoe

    you were one funny dude.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:21 p.m. CST

    That's no way for a man to die...

    by ScavengerCat

    Ed: That's no way for a man to die. Frank: No... you're right, Ed. A parachute not opening... that's a way to die. Getting caught in the gears of a combine... having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that's the way I wanna go!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST

    This is a Loss

    by Waspo

    Seriously, we have Lindsey Lohan, Paris Hilton, and Sarah Palin walking around all coked up and being a complete waste of space, and this man dies in the hospital after giving us all so much. They say "Only the good die Young" but that's horse crap, "The Good die Old as well."

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST

    I would have loved to have seen a Leslie Nielsen / Betty White m

    by islander

    You will be missed.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:30 p.m. CST

    And Abe Vigoda

    by InActionMan

    you know the rest.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:31 p.m. CST

    Pura Vida, Mr. Nielsen.

    by yabory

    you're immortal now.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:32 p.m. CST

    Remember this...

    by Tikidonkeypunch

    No... you're right, Ed. A parachute not opening... that's a way to die. Getting caught in the gears of a combine... having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that's the way I wanna go!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Forbidden Planet

    by chifforobe

    I have to stop myself from saying it's my favorite of all time, but it's true, and this is also the first thing that crossed my mind when I heard the news. I grew up with Naked Gun, but Nielsen is the Captain, without a doubt.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Thank you, LN

    by Rex Carsalot

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    "I'm serious, and don't call me Shirley!" RIP Mr. Nielson

    by Thanos0145

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:37 p.m. CST

    Just thoughts....

    by Artemis Webb

    Just Damn. :(

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:39 p.m. CST

    "I was swimming in raw sewage... I LOVE it!"

    by YackBacker

    That line still slays me. RIP Drebin.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    It's like eating spoonful of Drain-O

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Sure it'll clean you out, but it'll leave you hollow inside.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    sad, sad, sad.

    by Ingeld

    no joke or pun here. just sad.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST


    by TheMcflyFarm

    I've been praying this day would never come.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:42 p.m. CST

    He had a mustache, about 6'4''...

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    That's an awfully big mustache.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Is this some kind of bust?

    by Nasty In The Pasty's very impressive, yes.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:43 p.m. CST

    How hot and wet do you like it?

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Very hot...and awfully wet.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:44 p.m. CST


    by dukeroberts

    You have provided me with hundreds, if not thousands of laughs. You also thrilled me with your heroics in Forbidden Planet and as Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. Rest in peace, Leslie Nielsen, you fantastic, funny man. "Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox, tail on his hat! Nobody knows where the Swamp Fox at!"

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    This year took Peter Graves too

    by Horace Cox

    On behalf of AIRPLANE fans everywhere, fuck you 2010.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:46 p.m. CST

    "'I Don't Know Where I'll Be Then, Doc...'

    by Read and Shut Up

    ...he said, 'but I won't smell too good, that's for sure.'" RIP to a guy who really understood comedic timing, and who provided me with hours of laughter so hard it actually hurt. RIP Mr. Nielsen.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    It's the same old story.

    by Nasty In The Pasty

    Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girl dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year's Day. Goodyear? No, the worst.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:47 p.m. CST

    RIP and thanks for making me scared to fly

    by antonphd

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:53 p.m. CST

    Thanks to you this city is run by a bunch of baboons

    by Itto Ogami loses Daigoro

    Well don't you think that's the fault of the voters? RIP Mr. Nielsen

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:55 p.m. CST

    R.I.P Leslie Nielsen

    by Axl Z

    Watched Superhero movie the other week, he absolutely saved that film. See you around Shirley

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Was in some classic tv shows.

    by Carl's hat

    Original Columbo (including first season), Kojak, Vegas, Five-0, Ironside, Cannon, The Name of the Game, Night Gallery...the list goes on. Classic stuff.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Oh and The Dark Intruder was bloody fabulous.

    by Carl's hat

    Was an unsold pilot that should have sold and deserves to be seen on a dvd release.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:06 p.m. CST

    "Well, we shot a lot of people together"

    by SoupDragon

    "Its been great, but today I retire". RIP.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:07 p.m. CST


    by Bramton1

    And there was talk last year about a Naked Gun 4. This weekend, my brother was mentioning when he was a kid, his favorite animal was a beaver. Not dirty about it. He just liked beavers. Of course, I had to throw in a "Nice beaver..." comment.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:12 p.m. CST

    Condolences to the Nielsen family

    by dolphin5588

    So sorry for your loss. May God grant you peace and understanding.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:14 p.m. CST

    They better bury him with that hand-held whoopee cushion.

    by The_Maltese_Vulcan

    He's had it for interviews the last few decades.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:18 p.m. CST

    This Sucks

    by Seven_of_Borgnine

    The falling dominoes just keep getting larger and closer.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:25 p.m. CST

    The Waterman Movie

    by RRRansom

    It's noteworthy that he did the voicework for character Ready Espanosa in the unfinished Waterman Movie. It's an independent animation project, so it may take years before the film is complete. One last thing to look forward to.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST

    Take a number

    by maverick2484

    Six. Is six taken? I smiled such a bittersweet smile when I read this news...what a great career, and it sounds like he was a real class act.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:33 p.m. CST

    Naked Gun was lame but Forbidden Planet great

    by Rupee88

    He was a cool actor...I always thought his comedic stuff was weak but that was the scripts, not his acting. Loved him in FP and seemed like a swell guy.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:34 p.m. CST

    Canadian space commanders

    by Kaitain

    Paving the way for Shatner, of course.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:35 p.m. CST

    He was just a decent, hardworking guy...

    by GeneralKael

    Always the serious actor and then the genius of casting him as a serious actor delivering insane lines in Airplane! Great! I always thought of Forbidden Planet as a precursor to Star Trek - it had a similar vibe to TOS. I always thought it would have been cool to have him guest star as an Admiral or something... I remember some Canadian Nature show that Leslie narrated but I can't remember the name of it - Man of the North or something? It was on TV constantly when I was a kid. I still remember the theme tune. I'm not sure if people know this but his brother, Erik Nielsen, was a career politician and Deputy Prime Minister of Canada at one point in the 1980s.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:37 p.m. CST

    looks like i picked a bad time to stop sniffing glue

    by brabon300

    great man...he will be missed

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:44 p.m. CST


    by FlickaPoo

    Thanks for the laughs, Enrico. We'll miss you.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:45 p.m. CST

    Naked Gun --- Lame????

    by paulloch

    And the guy who wishes Steve Martin dead should be banned from the internet. He may not be what he used to be (like Woody Allen), he's done so much to advance the realm of comedy in the 60's, 70's and 80's, he deserves a lifetime pass for any subpar work he does.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:46 p.m. CST

    Good luck, we're all counting on you.

    by palooka_boy

    We could always count on him for a laugh. Thanks, Leslie, and godspeed

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:47 p.m. CST

    the non-evil JJ

    by mrsheldrake

    The first, best Captain. This is harder than I thought it would be. they should have made a dozen movies with that crew and that ship.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:48 p.m. CST


    by Oprah_Duke

    He was the best thing in any Zucker Joint!!

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:49 p.m. CST

    We lost Enrico Palazzo...

    by Daremo

    What a horribly sad loss. I'll never laugh quite as hard again.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:52 p.m. CST

    Only the Good Die Young

    by D o o d

    R.I.P Mr Nielson :o(

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:54 p.m. CST

    When I see someone stabbing a man to death in the park,


    I shoot the son of a bitch. That's my policy.

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:56 p.m. CST

    Wrongfully Accused

    by detectivesoap

    Usual Suspects in the fishing shop is my favorite part. I've never seen you around" "Uh Buzzn, buzzn frog, born on the shores of the eurolaba river in rapala, a couple of huskie jerks brought me in from slimy slug south dakota, up there by timberdoodle, the zebco brothers, uhhhh spritzwick, and uhhhhh salty dog shrimp. OHhhh, I can't go fishing today, I've got a big meeting at uhhhh mnsroom. I'd forgot my genitals if they weren't superglued in between my legs, waterskiing accident."

  • Nov. 28, 2010, 11:57 p.m. CST

    Any last requests, Drebin?


    Yes, may I have the Gun?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    Rest in Peace.

    by CatVutt

    An indelible part of my childhood. Thanks for the laughs, Lieutenant Drebbin.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:03 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Leslie Nielson

    by Firebreather

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:10 a.m. CST

    The Naked Gun baseball sequence

    by I_Snake_Plissken

    Has to be among the all time funniest ten minutes of film - Drebin as the umpire is comedy gold (the third strike call in particular). The original Naked Gun and Airplane! are genius, and his delivery was a big part of their success. Sad day indeed.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:11 a.m. CST

    Good Luck Leslie...

    by JAGUART

    We're all counting on you.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Feel how hard you heart is beating Harry, how fast.


    Now that's gonna make it harder for you to hold your breath. ... So many memorable lines, one could go on all night, R.I.P good sir.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:14 a.m. CST

    Feel how hard you heart is beating Harry, how fast.


    Now that's gonna make it harder for you to hold your breath. ... So many memorable lines, one could go on all night, R.I.P good sir.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST

    Sexual assault with a concrete dildo?!!!!

    by otm shank

    R.I.P sir. Thanks for the laughs.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:29 a.m. CST

    Dammit God

    by Darkefire

    Quit taking all our best people while you let the grumpy old farts nobody likes live forever and ever. RIP Leslie.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:30 a.m. CST

    Should be a good tribute day on TCM.

    by Fred

    Hope they show "Sheepman".

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:32 a.m. CST


    by SeXX ED

    ... thank you so very much for many years of laughs and thrills. My sincerest condolences to his family, friends, and my fellow fans.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:34 a.m. CST

    an amazing career

    by mrbong

    from something of a "journeyman" straight character actor to one of the most celebrated, comic actors ever in his later years was quite a journey. the fading of a bright star always causes the sky to be darkest, RIP and thank you.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:46 a.m. CST

    Thank you, and R.I.P. Mr. Nielson

    by onezeroone

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:53 a.m. CST

    I was just watching Walking Dead and

    by kafka07

    it would have been funny to see Nielsen in one more goofy spoof movie: A zombie spoof! Farewell ya lovable old fart! :)

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    I met him...

    by Citizen Sane

    ...on the set of Viva Kneivel when I was a kid. He was a sort hero for me as he did the heroic thing and go down with the S.S. Poseidon as a good Captain should. Anyway, he was awesome and very kind, booming voice and all. I've been a huge fan since I can remember. He will be missed.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:57 a.m. CST

    RIP Leslie Nielsen

    by Eliywahoo

    Unfortunate to hear

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:59 a.m. CST

    Umpire & opera scenes in Naked Gun still put

    by RandySavage

    me in tears. He leaves behind many such gifts I will continue to enjoy.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:02 a.m. CST

    Damn, one of my two all time favorites

    by br1947

    The world is a far far far less funny place now. Once Mel Brooks goes, I don't know what I'll do. <br><br>Rest in Peace Leslie, thanks for all the laughs & joy you brought into the world!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:08 a.m. CST

    Fond memories of Police Squad

    by Creative1

    The "Freeze Frame" endings were always great. R.I.P. Mr Nielsen.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST

    breaking news

    by ORIONgods

    After the recent demise of the famed actor leslie nielsen , the 72-year-old Oscar winner was found dining at the Wolseley Restaurant in London today when a journalist communicated to him about his death. After saying, "That's awful," Jack added "I warned him," but refused to elaborate.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:16 a.m. CST

    He will be missed.

    by V'Shael

    There are too few working actors today that inspire this much affection in a jaded audience.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:38 a.m. CST

    This passing hurts deeply.

    by dixieflyer

    God bless you and your loved ones. Your talent made my life better.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:41 a.m. CST


    by catlettuce4

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:49 a.m. CST

    Forbidden Planet remake

    by SmokingRobot

    Whoever does it right is essentially opening yet another 'Star Trek' franchise. The financial and artistic rewards could be immense. I just hope they get a Commander half as good as Leslie.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:54 a.m. CST

    My childhood wouldn't be the same without Airplane!

    by Ironhelix

    A thousand years from now, people will still be talking about his performances in Airplane! and The Naked Gun.Rest in peace Leslie.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:01 a.m. CST

    WHO are you and how did you get in here???

    by scenic

    I'm a locksmith - and I'm a locksmith.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST

    Wow this one hurts

    by AllPowerfulWizardOfOz

    Very sad to hear this news and very unexpected. He always seemed like one of those actors you could never imagine passing. Terrible loss.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:05 a.m. CST

    "I faked all of my orgasms."

    by GWARHOL

    He was awesome. Damn.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST

    Met him in Ottawa, so funny. Will be missed

    by LowDevil

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Sad News Indeed


    I heard there was rumblings of a naked gun 4 a few years back. He made all of them classics, even 3 & 1/3 or whatever it was...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:25 a.m. CST

    My funny bone is broken with the news

    by Ciderman

    That said it did make me smile as I recounted my favourite moments to my wife, time to watch Airplane and Police Squad again, just to honour him, maybe a spot of Spy Hard for the craic...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:27 a.m. CST


    by WavingFlagsInSpace

    Huge respect, a true entertainer.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:28 a.m. CST

    Empiremagazine:What's your earliest childhood memory?

    by VanHitvonder

    Leslie Nielsen: I don't remember. :D Classic! He was so funny!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST

    QUINT grew up with him yet CANT SPELL HIS NAME!

    by Frye777

    pathetic. RIP Leslie NIELSEN.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:48 a.m. CST

    Never failed to bring a smile to my face.

    by AugustusMacReady

    Caught an episode of Celebrity Bowling a few weeks ago circa 1975. Leslie Nielsen and Susan Saint James vs. Lloyd Bridges(!) and Angie Dickinson. Nielsen and Saint James go first and as Bridges is getting ready to roll, Nielsen leans forward and says "We're in the lead Lloyd." R.I.P.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:50 a.m. CST

    One role I remember him in was Creepshow.

    by Orionsangels

    It wasn't a comedic role. He played a really scary guy, but not the boo kind of scary. He was evil. He took Ted Danson to the beach and buried him neck up in the sand close to the ocean. That way the tide would take him out and drown him. It used to disturb me as a kid.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:55 a.m. CST


    by The_Crimson_King


  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Ah man. Uber-miserable news.

    by belasco_house

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:05 a.m. CST

    A class act and a truly funny man!

    by HB_Dad

    You will be missed Mr Nielson!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:08 a.m. CST


    by PaddyIrishman

    Loved him whether in his movies or interviews. Genuinely lovely guy. Will be very missed

  • very sad news, and yes, a great movie... but don't be silly.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:28 a.m. CST

    Leslie Nielson dead. Ricky Gervais alive.

    by BiggusDickus

    Why, Grim Reaper, Why?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:33 a.m. CST

    RIP Mr Nielsen

    by Marxeffect

    Absolute legend!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:52 a.m. CST

    If only...

    by lovesamuelfuller

    ...i could punch Death in the balls for all this bullshit. Fuck Death. No realy, fuck him. RIP Leslie.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:55 a.m. CST

    Sad news & I guess no Naked Gun 4

    by Megaforce

    Sad news made worse by the fact I passed on meeting him at a fan convention last year. I remember seeing the standing ovation he received when presenting an award at the UK Television Comedy awards.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:59 a.m. CST

    'Unless of course he's a drooling vegetable...'

    by newc0253

    RIP, sir, RIP.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:15 a.m. CST


    by smylexx

    RIP Scnuckylumps, Butterwings... I'm guessing you must have had the fish for dinner afterall.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:03 a.m. CST

    Much as I love Airplane! and The Naked Gun

    by Hercules

    I'm pleased we went with a Forbidden Planet headline.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:04 a.m. CST

    Was lucky to meet him years ago, such an awesome person..

    by Wldmk

    I can't think of one item of his works that I didn't enjoy. There's simply no way to describe just how much this sucks... RIP, Mr. Nielsen - thanks for the great laughs and memories. You will be sorely missed.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST

    Sad news indeed

    by AsimovLives

    My condolescence for his family, friends and fans.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:11 a.m. CST

    "I can do everything I did, only slower and with more mistakes"

    by ricarleite2

    I rememeber that was a line from a draft AICN reported of a sequel to the Naked Gun series. Although Leslie Nielsen was, above all, an actor, he gained worldwide fame with his comic roles, and I doubt he regreted any of it. I cannot think of a single actor who could perform the deadpan, serious buffonesque Frank Drebin without looking ridiculous. He maintaned a dignity in all of his roles, no matter how pathetic the situation (or plot) was. He was a main part of a long forgotten genre of comedy, the screwball dadaistic comedy mastered by the Zuckers. He will be missed. RIP, Leslie.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:19 a.m. CST

    RIP you perfectly funny gentleman.

    by Gabba-UK

    You've left us some amazing gags. And I'm never going to able to look at a beaver in quite the same way. Stuffed or otherwise.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:40 a.m. CST

    Police Squad is up there with the best

    by MontyPigeon

    One of the greatest tv comedies of all time. R.I.P. Mr Nielsen

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:50 a.m. CST

    Nice Beaver, Thank you I just had it stuffed

    by RedBull_Werewolf

    RIP to a legend

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:12 a.m. CST

    "So Once shot Twice, and Jim Fell"

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    God bless you Leslie Nielsen, you stood for everything goofily funny in the world. No cynicism, just brought the gags. Really going to miss you.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:17 a.m. CST

    He was a giant. So sad about this.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Love so much of his work. Special mention to his role as an aging RCMP officer in Due South - played both serious dramatic and Drebin-like buffoon in the space of moments in that and he was magnificent. Terrific actor. There's going to be a movie marathon of his films in my hone today.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST

    "Wait, who ARE you..?"

    by DocPazuzu

    "Frank Drebin, Police Squad! And don't let me ever catch any of you guys in America!" <p> I love that scene in The Naked Gun when Leslie fucks up a room full of America's foes and rubs off Gorbachev's birth mark ("I knew it!"). <p> This is very sad news. Nielsen was definitely one of a kind. It's funny how he could brilliantly exhude the type of menace he did in Creepshow yet wring huge comedy from deadpanning his dialogue in movies like Airplane and Naked Gun. <p> I was actually in the middle of a Nielsen semi-marathon at home when I heard the news. Even in complete shitburgers like Stan Helsing and 2001: A Space Travesty he comes away unscathed. A true character in every way. <p> R.I.P., you nutty Canadian.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:24 a.m. CST


    by radio1_mike

    Another favorite dead. And Carrot TOp is still alive. RIP, Leslie... You deserve it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:31 a.m. CST

    RIP mr Nielsen

    by Sprinky

    Love the naked gun movies, airplane and the forbidden planet. For that i thank you Sir. RIP

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:40 a.m. CST


    by Dingbatty

    Thanks for the joy you brought to the world.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:44 a.m. CST

    And RIP Irvin Kershner, too.

    by highfunctioningsociopath

    Director of 'The Empire Strikes back, the best Star Wars movie of the lot. May The Force be with him.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:46 a.m. CST


    by Darth Busey

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:52 a.m. CST

    not cool news

    by jameskpolk

    And using an obit to wish for another man to die is beyond low class.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:06 a.m. CST

    I can't believe I'm agreeing with Herc

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    And I can't believe all the love out there for Forbidden Planet. Yeah, definitely one of greats. I've borrowed it a few times from the library. True Nielsen is most remembered for his slapstick, but how quickly we forget he was captain of not only the United Planet Cruier, but the Poseidon as well.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST


    by Joaquin_Ondamoon

    An awesome actor, comedic or otherwise. God Bless him. Only 84? Too soon, man. Too soon.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:08 a.m. CST

    v1cious, nice Creepshow reference.

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:17 a.m. CST

    Empire Strikes Back director Irvin Kershner dies in LA at 87

    by KilliK <p>JESUS.WTF is going today? :O

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Surf Ninjas was awesome!

    by gusborwig

    I respect the more known comedies of Mr. Nielsen, but this is by far my favorite movie of his that he's ever done.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:37 a.m. CST

    I remember that line too, ricarleite2

    by bah

    That line alone made me want the sequel. And now I'm sad that Nielsen will never deliver it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:41 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. old friend...

    by bat725

    ...and thanks for the memories.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:44 a.m. CST

    "Well, we shot a lot of people." Frank's retirement

    by SID 8.0

    party. RIP Mr.Nielsen you gave us a lot of laughs. This very sad.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST

    ol' Kersh past away too?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    this day officially sucks, It's funny, I just recently watched naked gun and i've been reading the making of empire strikes back book. I'd thought of these two guys alot recently

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:51 a.m. CST


    by ricarleite2

    This is a TERRIBLE day for 20th century filmmaking. A sad, sad moment... Kershner was the most brilliant man to ever work on Star Wars. He was truly a genius and a gentleman. A sad day indeed... RIP...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:52 a.m. CST

    Damn.. RIP Mr. Nielsen.

    by JamesT

    He was also in Prom Night. Nice to see the Creepshow love. I also remember him playing the bad guy in some of the 60s TV westerns. Very underrated dramatic actor. He will be missed.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8 a.m. CST

    "like a midget in a urinal, I was gonna have to stay on my toes"

    by doom master

    This guy dead but not OJ? Appalling...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:01 a.m. CST

    This sucks :(

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Another legend gone.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:14 a.m. CST

    This one really stings.

    by Cletus Van Damme

    He was one of those guys that you could just tell was decent and a consummate professional without even having to meet him.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:17 a.m. CST


    by SithMenace

    Lt. Frank Drebin.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Shit, what a day

    by CuervoJones

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:23 a.m. CST

    Lucas better leave empire alone

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I always got the vibe that george wanted to make more changes to empire but held back because Kershner would have been vocal. It's common knowledge that Lucas was never a fan of the final cut of empire, which is why Kersh wasn't invited back for jedi

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:29 a.m. CST

    My father went the same way

    by TV's Frank

    RIP Mr. Nielsen

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Leslie Neilsen

    by Real Deal

    This one really saddens me. I don't know how many times I've watched " Forbidden Planet " in my lifetime! About 11 years ago I commented to my then girlfriend that this old TV show we were watching on the SciFi channel's Retro TV ( ahhhh the good old days at SciFi ) that the actor we were watching was Leslie Neilsen. She wouldn't believe me because he looked so young! I'll miss your comedy and I'll miss your drama but most of all I'll miss you everytime I watch " Forbidden Planet " in the future. RIP Mr. Neilsen.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:36 a.m. CST

    If he has Leslie Nielsen, the Grim Reaper

    by Ingeld

    must be a lot less grim at the moment. Cue whoopie cushion.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    R I P Dr Rumack

    by Black Jack iii

    Now THIS guy knew how to make people laugh. You will be missed immensely sir...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:38 a.m. CST

    He made the later scary movie films watchable

    by Redhead_Redemption

    He was also the only funny part from superhero movie, He really was a joy to watch in anything, I even would watch his visa commercials he did a few years ago

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:41 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    What the hell? I know the guy was in his 80s, but this still comes as a shock. There isn't a person alive who doesn't like Leslie Nielsen.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:43 a.m. CST

    by MikeTheSpike

    Also, yeah, that Naked Gun sequel reported on a few years back sounded hilarious. In the back of my mind, I assumed someone somewhere was still chugging along at it.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:48 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    RIP Mr. Nielsen.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Anyone mention his beloved fart machine?

    by skimn

    Nielsen would literally "razz" his cast and crew with a fart machine that he would deploy during takes. He would also take it for interviews. A clip I saw this morning featured Mr. Nielsen commenting on what would be his epitaph. He said it would "Let 'er rip", then bbrrraaapp from the beloved machine. A jokester to the end. May he razz the angels in heaven.<p>And think about it. Wouldn't his Frank Drebin character be the closest think we have to an American Clouseau

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:50 a.m. CST

    3 People From Airplane! Died This Year...

    by Err

    Leslie Nielsen as the doctor Peter Graves as the pilot Barbara Billingsley as the old lady who can speak jive.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Read about Leslie Nielsen before

    by REDD

    Going to bed last night...just heard about Irvin Kershner this morning, they were pretty close in age.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:51 a.m. CST


    by BringingSexyBack

    Sorry my bad, Mr. Nielsen.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Don't call me Shirley

    by FloristGump

    How sad that we lose both the greatest Star Wars director in the year of Empire's 30th anniversary, on the same day we also lost another class act, Leslie Nielsen. There's a common link between Kersh and Nielsen - Forbidden Planet. Leslie starred in the original, Kersh was slated to direct the remake in the 80's, which never got of the ground.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9 a.m. CST

    He didn't even have to say a word...

    by Kjell_Nilssons_Hockey_Mask

    ... to crack me up. Reading this there's a lot about the one-liners and so forth, all great, but he could make me roll without saying a word. I'm sat having some soup reading the comments here, and the image just pops into my mind of Drebin in PS emerging from behind a trash can, pistol in hand, having had a gunfight with the other guy behind another trash can about 3ft away... anyways, the image that stuck was simply of Drebin holstering his gun, looking super serious etc, and it made me splutter a load of soup over the screen (chicken, with butternut squash and parsnip, if you wanted to know). Also keep thinking of the look on his face when the fresh keys shoot up into the key-cutter's shop ceiling all the time. Classic. One of the absolute high-water marks in TV comedy, impossible to recapture today. Thank God I saw it before anything else like it or any of the similar-ish films. George Kennedy was a really good 'non-straight straight man' in the films too, big credit for keeping up. As insane as it was that they only made 6 Police Squads, it does mean that there are no poor episodes – and they led to the films... no going down in smoulder with decreasingly funny series just for the money. RIP Detective Sergeant Lt Nielsen. PS... you do know this will spawn a studio clamour to remake Naked Gun.... my tea leaves predict Steve Martin will be top choice... 'but playing it for laughs' at director McG's insistence.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:04 a.m. CST

    He went out with my Mother in law

    by mojoman69

    back in the early 50's when she worked at a commisary on one of the movie lots. She said he was a great kisser LOL.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:08 a.m. CST

    a naked gun reboot is inevitable

    by Redhead_Redemption

    they had apaprently already started pre-production on the fourth movie and they aren't gonna let that money go to waste, I think they'll retool it and we'll see a reboot within the next year, who knows who they would get for Frank Drebin, but I can tell you now that they won't be half as funny as Neilsen was. The only good of a NG remake would be that we might get the orginals on bluray

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:09 a.m. CST

    Leslie and Kershner

    by Miyamoto_Musashi

    One made me laugh so many times, one directed my favourite movie, sad day, but at 84 and 87 they both had a great long life and their work is worth celebrating

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Cont..posted too soon

    by skimn

    Like Clouseau, Drebin took his job VERY seriously, he was the bane of his superiors, and he bumbled (sometimes under disguise) his way toward catching the villians. Anyway, may Mr. Nielsen rest in peace. He brought a lot of joy and laughs to millions.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:19 a.m. CST

    Truly sad news. FP is the greatest sci fi movie of all time

    by toadkillerdog

    Nielsen effortlessly crossed genres.<p> From the square jawed hero of FP to all of the TV villains he played so well in early 70's detective shows- which was my first encounter with his talent. <p> I could not stand him in the early 70's because he was always the smooth talking bad guy. <p> Then, one very late night I saw the movie that changed Sci Fi - Forbidden Planet. Simply breathtaking. <p> He became one of my favorites from then on. <p> When he had a career rebirth as an unrivaled deadpan comic actor with impeccable timing, it truly showcased the talent he possessed -and through hard work and perseverance and luck was able to share with the world.<p> He will be greatly missed - but he leaves an amazing legacy. <p> I will be watching FP again this weekend.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Man theyre always come (or go) in three

    by quintana007

    Dino de Laurentis, Irvin Kershner and Leslie. RIP Guys

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:35 a.m. CST

    I belive this is a start of a new set of 3

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Neilsen and Kershner are 1 and 2, which means there's gonna be a third one coming any day now. I hate to say it but I think christopher lee might be the next to go. Death sucks and why it always strikes in 3's is one of the mysteries of the universe

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:36 a.m. CST

    God u know whats sad

    by ORIONgods

    one day we all will come on this site and find out clint eastwood died or Christopher Lee that day will kill me

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:41 a.m. CST

    Thanks Leslie.

    by Mr Soze

    Assault with a concrete dildo?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    The STAR of Forbidden Planet <p>the DIRECTOR of Empire Strikes B

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    sad day for sci-fi fans

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 9:46 a.m. CST

    I love that plane story of Quint's mom and Leslie.

    by moonlightdrive

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10 a.m. CST


    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    As others have said, Neilson was as great in serious fare like Forbidden Planet and Poseidon Adventure as he was in the Zucker/Abrahams films...and even loved him in the badly-maligned Mel Books Dracula spoof. RIP Leslie and Irvin...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:04 a.m. CST

    He was in Poseidon Adventure?

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Was Neilsen in that one, it's been years since i saw it but I don't remember him being in it

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:07 a.m. CST

    oh shit, he was the captain in Poseidon Adventure

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I had totally forgotten he was in poseidon..damn, i'll have to watch that again sometime

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:10 a.m. CST

    Leslie Nielson - dead and loving it

    by Tigger Tales

    Sadly I was not aware of the awesomeness that is CREEPSHOW until just this year... RIP Leslie! You're a class act!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST

    His whoppee cushion will be missed.

    by Royston Lodge

    I loved watching interviews with him, waiting on the edge of my seat for him to set off the whoppee cushion and make the interviewer crack up.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:15 a.m. CST

    damn, and the naked gun 4 script was so good

    by misnomer

    really sad news. rip leslie nielsen, a true comedic genuis.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:18 a.m. CST

    Love the Forbidden Planet trailer, BTW...

    by Royston Lodge

    "MGM's technical staff brings you a magnificent picture..."<p> That sounds like the janitors and the groundskeepers threw it together in their spare time. lol

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    She had the kind of legs you'd like to suck on for a week.

    by BilboRing

    The world is a little less funny today. And a lot shittier.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:23 a.m. CST

    the 2nd naked gun movie has the funniest opening..

    by emeraldboy

    of any movie 1990's. The first time I saw that opening, I laughed so hard it made me sick. every time I see it. I laugh equally hardly. One of the funniest movie I have ever seen. Nice, Beaver. I had it stuffed. yesterday. He was interviewed in ireland on the late late show and the whoopee cushion was hilarious. Goodby Leslie nielsen and thank you for the laughs.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:24 a.m. CST

    RIP Leslie AND...

    by DeadAtRecess

    Irvin Kershner too!!!! Such a sad day!!!!!!!!!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    Redhead_Redemption, yep,

    by Fa_Tass_DinoMolester

    he gets taken out by the tidal wave early on, but I always liked him in the film while he lasted...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:27 a.m. CST

    First Leslie Nielsen

    by The_Motorcycle_Boy

    now Irvin Kershner. What a horrible day. R.I.P to both of them.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Yes, RIP Irvin Kershner and Nielsen!

    by ccchhhrrriiisssm

    Fine guys!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:39 a.m. CST

    Sadly, Neilsen was a troubled man off-screen

    by SubliminalJones

    Despite the wacky image he projected on screen in the latter half of his career, he was a bad Jeckyl and Hyde alcoholic who frequently put the fist to his 3rd ex-wife in the early 80's (I know the woman through my wife's place of business). Apparently, at least at that time, he was much closer off screen to his Creepshow character than any kind of wacky, happy go lucky dude. Hopefully, he was able to straighten that shit out in his later years.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:41 a.m. CST

    gets me on the floor every time

    by Right Bastard

    Vincent Ludwig: Inspector Drebin, welcome.<p> Frank Drebin: The feeling is mutual.<p> Vincent Ludwig: Nice to meet you too [He offers Drebin some cigars] Cuban?<p> Frank Drebin: Err, no, Dutch-Irish, my father was from Wales.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    This day sucks.

    by Triple_J_72

    First Leslie, now Kersh... this just isn't fair.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:46 a.m. CST

    I hate to be the guy bringing up missed obits

    by skimn

    on AICN in the middle of another obit, but what about Jill Clayburgh? She costarred with Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor in The Silver Streak. She set the plot in motion while "servicing" Mr. Wilder. And she was a victim to George Segal in the overlooked and stylish The Terminal Man, based on the Michael Crichton novel. Of course she was in many other titles, but those were the two I could think of, geek wise.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST

    Remember when O.J. was funny?

    by RedLeaderStandingBy

    Good times. Rip Leslie AND Irvin.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:49 a.m. CST

    Shit, Irvin Kershner died

    by Chief Joseph

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST

    I wonder who's the 3rd?

    by Chief Joseph

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST

    R.I.P. Funnyface

    by ConeSpinner

    This man was a comedic legend. His timing and sense for comedy is unsurpassed. The Naked Gun movies and Airplane were a huge part of my youth. What a sad day. As for Forbidden Planet...never seen it, never will. How do you not go with "Surely you can't be serious?" for the headline? No-brainer!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 10:55 a.m. CST

    Knew he was a great actor

    by thepoohguy

    When I saw the movie Nuts with Dreyfuss and Streisand. He played a creeper really well, and I completely forgot all about those comedies he did.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:11 a.m. CST

    He was the fifth Golden Girl

    by Redhead_Redemption

    At least he's reunited with Dorothy, Blanche and Sophia

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST


    by REDD

    "As for Forbidden Planet...never seen it, never will." Yeah! You stick to your convictions...ummmm.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:14 a.m. CST

    My $$ is on Lohan for #3

    by TheGreatHomsar

    First Nielsen, now Irvin Kershner....surely Lindsey can't be far behind?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    Irvin Kershner has also passes away

    by D o o d

    but this will only make him stronger! R.I.P

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:15 a.m. CST

    RIP Frank Drebin

    by jwardlow

    A fine dramedy actor. He will be missed.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:16 a.m. CST


    by skimn

    I always thought The Eyes Of Laura Mars (written by John Carpenter)was pretty creepy and good also. Too bad after Empire he was considered the go-to guy for sequels, that unfortunately collapsed (Robocop 2, Never Say Never Again). But to have Empire under your belt? Better than an Oscar. RIP sir.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:21 a.m. CST

    Kershner also did a great job with NSNA

    by Redhead_Redemption

    I recently picked up that movie on Bluray and while it is jarring to see all the other roles replaced and the basic bond Structure eliminated, It was cool to see Connery back in the role and Never say never again is actually a better film then Moores Octopussy and a view to a kill

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST

    What's the holdup?

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    on the Kirshner writeup? We're half a day in here in Texas and NOBODY'S been able to do a writeup on the director of the Empire Strikes Back? I'm sure every one of you has a memory of that film even if you never saw another thing he did (which I doubt) - it was the first film my dad took me to when I was five. I know you guys can get something up on him.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:25 a.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston


  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:29 a.m. CST

    Commander! Doctor! Detective! Palazzo!

    by Sumatran_Rat_Monkey

    He was the master of the "Deadpan" delivery. Loved his movies and his screen presence. Rest easy, Enrico Palazzo! And now Kershner on the same day? Damn!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:31 a.m. CST

    If AICN skips the Kersh Obit

    by Redhead_Redemption

    the geek uprising is gonna be huge, I'm thinking that we'll see the obit before 3 pm EST, probabaly from quint and it'll have a bunch of Behind the scenes pics of the day

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:39 a.m. CST

    They're not going to skip

    by D o o d

    they're just a little slow right now!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:49 a.m. CST


    by jrshapy

    It happens in 3s… Who's next?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:51 a.m. CST

    Kersh obit - Harry has to first write a lengthy

    by skimn

    intro on how his Poppa took him see Empire when he was a wee lad, and several paragraphs later, Kersh's obit.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:54 a.m. CST

    "Airplane" saved my father in law

    by Hipshot

    whose brother had just died. Dad was so wrapped up tight that he couldn't feel, could barely talk. He was staying with me and my wife, and I put on "Airplane." Stonefaced at first, about fifteen minutes in he started smiling. And then laughing. And then laughing until tears were rolling down his cheeks. He was finally able to get the release he needed, and I thank Leslie Nielson for that. Rest in Peace.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:55 a.m. CST

    It's going to be raining a lot from now on, because...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...with Leslie Nielsen in heaven, God's gonna be pissing himself laughing non-stop.<p> When Leslie sits down for his entrance exam with Saint Peter, I bet he'll pull out the whoopee cushion.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 11:56 a.m. CST

    I recently watched Police Squad

    by sweeneydave

    Those shows were amazing. RIP Frank Drebin. We will miss you.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, noon CST

    See ya LN, and thanks for the laughs

    by skydemon

    Will be missed.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge, I hope your joking

    by Redhead_Redemption

    You do know that theres no God or heaven right? How old are you?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST

    Leslie Nielsen trying to talk an actress into a nude scene.

    by Royston Lodge

    Scene from 1960s tv show Bracken's World. Nielsen plays a slimy studio executive. Unintentionally hilarious:<p>

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:23 p.m. CST

    RIP, J.J!

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    He will be missed. <p> And now the Kersh?!? Come on, GOD!! Ya took out Leslie! Ya took out Stevie Johnson's touchdown pass!! AND NOW THE KERSH?!? <p> GOD! What's up, man? Is Lindsey Lohan that hard to find? How about Carrot Top? What about those "New Jersey" people? Snookie? The Situation? How about Ke$ha? There's soooo many choices. <p> Anyway, God, these are just some suggestions. Okay? Ooh! Ooh! Another one! Her name is Paris.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:31 p.m. CST

    The third death will be Christopher Lee

    by Redhead_Redemption

    Don't ask me how I know..I just do

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:34 p.m. CST

    Very sad. RIP Frank Drebben.

    by fiester

    A classy, funny man. He will be missed.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Careful there L.H.Puttgrass, you don't want to...

    by Royston Lodge

    ...piss off Redhead_Redemption with all that God talk.<p> Keep it in church, got it?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:37 p.m. CST


    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    If you just jinxed Scaramanga, so help me...

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by L.H.Puttgrass

    Dude, that is kind of cree-py. <p> "Don't ask me how I know..I just do" <p> Goose-flesh, man. Goose-flesh. If he kicks it, I'll have a hard time coming back to this wicked website. No thanks to you.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Leslie Killed on M*A*S*H

    by kahnman

    Nelson took on a pre "Airplane" comedy role on TV's M*A*S*H. He played tough-as-nails Col. Buzz Brighton in the 1973 episode -- He was hilarious. Does anyone else remember that appearance?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST

    Leslie Killed on M*A*S*H

    by kahnman

    Nelson took on a pre "Airplane" comedy role on TV's M*A*S*H. He played tough-as-nails Col. Buzz Brighton in the 1973 episode -- He was hilarious. Does anyone else remember that appearance?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Royston Lodge

    by L.H.Puttgrass

    If Stevie Johnson can send God a "Tweet" 'cuz he dropped a pass in the endzone, I can tell God His golf shots are off 'cuz He isn't following thru on His shots! <p> Ya hear me God? And stop turning Your head so soon! Damn it!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:04 p.m. CST


    by HelmetBoy

    HA! Can I steal that as a title for my new ficticious album?

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:06 p.m. CST

    I remember Nielson on MASH

    by jtp8000

    Hawkeye called him the Ring Tapper and convinced him Frank was gay and coming onto him

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Even if it's just his character I can't get

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    the thought of him and Bea Arthur doing it out of my head. Ugh.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    One his best Naked Gun moments...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

    "A parachute not opening - that's a way to die. Getting caught in the gears of a combine - having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that's the way I wanna go!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:15 p.m. CST

    R.I.P Mr Neilsen, one of the greats!

    by The Founder

    Good comedic actor, always brought something good to whatever flick he was in, e en if the flick was shitty.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Neilson was a bright spot even in crappy movies.

    by The Founder

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I loved the Police Squad tv show.

    by Royston Lodge

    That style of comedy works way better as a 30-minute tv show. It's too hard to keep the pace up for an entire movie, but as a series you can keep the mad-cap adventures crisp and clean.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:18 p.m. CST

    RIP Nielsen and Kershner

    by Denty420

    Both will be sadly missed. Anxiously awaiting SOMEBODY to pay tribute to the latter.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Meanwhile, Kershner is dead

    by Dan Halen

    and aintitcool is still sleeping. Just change the url to

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:48 p.m. CST

    Fun quote from Pat Sajak on Leslie Nielsen

    by Royston Lodge

    "Leslie almost never traveled without his "whoopee cushion." He was a guest on a talk show of mine years ago, and he spent most of the time making noises with it. During a break, I said, "Leslie, you've got to stop. You're a grown man. ." His response? "No I'm not." On an elevator a few years later, I heard that embarrassing sound again, and I looked around to see him with his hand in his his pocket, grinning broadly. He truly reveled in the silly image he had cultivated since Airplane! and the boost it gave his career. He mastered the art of acting funny by acting serious. He did it better than anyone."

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:51 p.m. CST

    Uncool News


    But at least he got to lead a full and (for us at least) funny life. R.I.P. to the man of a thousand laughs.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    God bless him

    by Darth Thoth

    Mr. Nielsen, you are a star! Thank you so much for the great laughs and memories. Your spirit will live on forever. I for one, will continue to cherish your works for the rest of my life. May God bless your soul and give your friend and family peace during this difficult time. RIP.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:54 p.m. CST

    Goodyear? No, the worst...

    by AzulTool

    See ya, Les. You were the best.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    SOUL MAN and Kentucky Fried Movie

    by holidill

    I think he was the voice in the feel around movie on the screen of the male actor. Also who can forget his racist father in Soul Man. I loved the scene where they were all having dinner and the mother and father have the racist daydreams.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:05 p.m. CST


    by Kaitain

    DOH! Rubbish week.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:21 p.m. CST

    Kershner: A Real Man.

    by AzulTool

    The last motherfucker to tell Lucas to eat a big fat dack! You made the greatest movie of all time, and you are responsible for one of the greatest lines of all time. PL: "I love you" HS: "I know" You will be missed.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:26 p.m. CST

    Constable Buck Frobisher

    by Audio_of_Being

    He had a great role on the show Due South, amongst others. He was an amazing actor who left a more than impressive legacy on both sides of the border. RIP.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Kersh and Neilson

    by disfigurehead

    Damn. Rest in peace.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Let 'er R.I.P.

    by Stalkeye

    Les was not only great as Frank Drebin but his segment in Creepshow was among the best ("We're coming to get you Richard"..)from that Movie.I also thought the racist dad in Soul man was hilarious. Thanks so much for the laughs and scares.God Bless!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:17 p.m. CST


    by ConeSpinner

    I am not saying I should not watch the movie. I am sure I should. Just assuming it will get buried into the abyss known as my Netlix Queue. But, to me anyways, Leslie will forever be Frank Drebin, first and foremost.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST

    Looks like I picked the wrong week to quit sniffing glue!

    by Madmarek

    I know Leslie didn't say that line but I thought it was apt. I'll be sniffing a whole tube tonight in his honour. RIP!

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Heaven knows the beauty of farths right now

    by chien_sale

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:10 p.m. CST

    Who'll do the eulogy? One of the Zuckers better

    by skimn

    attend. Leslie owes the second half of his career to the ZAZ guys.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST

    second thoughts on Dracula...

    by The_Ritty

    Oddly enough I just watched this a few days ago. Aside from Leslie being miscast (I always though Bill Murray would have - at least appearance wise - looked like bela's drac) and using a TERRIBLE accent (which almost ruins every one of his scenes) this movie is quite wonderful in an odd way. It's always great to watch brooks and corman and just like Ghostbusters 2 - Peter McNichol steals the show. I get why "normies" don't liek the flic but I'm surprised that critics and cinefiles never took it. The film has alot going on as it follows the storyline of Bela's Dracula and all it visual gags are taken from Coppola's Dracula and the esthetic of the film is that of a shot-all-on-set, kinda low budget Hammer dracula. All in all the film is very underrated and unfortunately not as funny as Brooks' other films but Leslie and all maintain a delightful level of silliness that you only get from mel brooks. Dracula, Drebin or the Dr., Leslei will be missed RIP

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I spell liek shit

    by The_Ritty

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:07 p.m. CST

    Just don't know what to say

    by Smack_Teddy

    Time to give Police Squad the chance i have not given it. This guy was like a...Alt God of celluloid or something when you were younger and dicovering Naked Gun, Airplane etc. This makes me sad.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 5:20 p.m. CST

    I can't believe they only did six episodes of Police Squad.

    by moonlightdrive

    That is absolute gold! Wish there was more.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:47 p.m. CST

    Memorable quotes from IMDB

    by crazybubba

    Frank: Wilma, I promise you; whatever scum did this, not one man on this force will rest one minute until he's behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 6:50 p.m. CST

    He was on the Marsha Warfield show

    by TRON

    He was squeezing his fart box and everyone was quickly moving away from him,,I seem to remember him doing this as well on Win Lose or Draw

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:42 p.m. CST

    "Excuse me, is this a regulation bat?" KLONK

    by MrMysteryGuest

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:45 p.m. CST

    A great loss

    by MegaBaz

    There can't be many actors left who have worked through the decades like Nielsen did. Imagine the changes he must have seen, not all of them good, and yet he remained a star and a household name to the end. He was due to attend an autograph show here in the UK about six months ago, but had to pull out because he was working! That he was even considering the long flight to the UK at his age is one thing, but then to pull out because he wanted to work more is amazing. The star of one of the greatest sci-fi films of all time, a scene-stealing role in THE greatest comedy (Airplane!) of all time, and so many other great performances, particularly as Drebin. A true star, already much missed but never to be forgotten.

  • Nov. 29, 2010, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Unless he's a drooling vegetable, but I think that's just common

    by drdoom_v

    RIP Les. Damn U were funny! We miss u!

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST


    by AsimovLives

    That was a very cool story.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:23 a.m. CST

    "They ran him outta town like a common pygmy."

    by Master Bruce

    I remember as a kid seeing Forbidden Planet for the first time on the pre-Letterman CBS Late Show on a Friday night & completely loving it! This was followed a bit later by my parents taking us to see Airplane at the movies & loving that too! Then came the Police Squad TV series, my personal fave of Leslie's work. I continue to watch & enjoy all 3 whenever they appear on TV! RIP Leslie, & many thanks for all the entertainment!

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 5:41 a.m. CST

    RIP Leslie

    by DVaderRIP

    I met him last year, and I have to say it was heartbreaking. His mind was clearly starting to fail him, and he was a great deal... older.. that my picture of him. Intellectually I knew that I pictured him as he was in a 25 year old film - but still it was a shock, and it really hit home that time really is limited. I have a gorgeous print of the 'B' one sheet of Forbidden Planet signed by Leslie, and it will take pride of place in my living room as a monument. RIP Leslie.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 6:19 a.m. CST

    he was on the final episode of Golden Girls!

    by Titus05

    he played Dorothy's husband...Bea Arthur then left the show, they moved the show to CBS and made that awful Golden Palace spinoff

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST

    Best part of Forbidden Planet

    by Grammaton Cleric Binks

    Robby drinks the guys hooch. At first he's mad. There's not another package store around for light years. Then next day Robby comes back with a truckload.

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Nielsen, god speed sir...

    by Dark Doom

    I hope he took his whoopie cushion with him, be funny to see God with milk squirting out of his nose in heaven...

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:30 p.m. CST

    Rest In Peace, LN

    by Dillactus

  • Nov. 30, 2010, 9:49 p.m. CST

    United Planets Cruiser C 57-D

    by DrMorbius

    Has, sadly, lost its Commander...<p><p>John J Adams has slipped the surly bonds of earth...<p><p>Godspeed Mr. Nielsen, gone but will never be forgotten...<p><p>R.I.P. Good Sir.