R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen: 1926 – 2010

the naked gun

The news spread fast (on Twitter of course) that Leslie Nielsen had died , from complications from pneumonia, at the age of 84.

I, like most people of my generation, am most familiar with Nielsen for his comedy work during the last 30 years.  I was particularly a fan of the Naked Gun film series and I still crack whenever I rewatch them.

However, his film career dated back to the 1950s, with more serious film roles in films such as the sci-fi film Forbidden Planet and the disaster film The Poseidon Adventure.

Nielsen layed low for his final years, having last appeared on screen in the David Zucker-produced Superhero Movie in 2008, before appearing in a series of direct-to-video features.

He will definitely be missed.

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