Blogs Nov 28, 2010 at 6:08 pm


Thanks for ruining my night, Lindy. It's just as if you personally killed that wonderful man. :(

Forbidden Planet is one of the few movies I bothered to ever buy on DVD, and Naked Gun is one of the funniest movies, ever.
Yeah, wow.

I'm one of those kinda weird people who still occasionally loses control of his bladder when laughing uncontrollably hard, and though it's only happened a few times since reaching adulthood, one of those times was at the initial screening of the first Naked Gun movie. I was probably 18 at the time and remember going to the bathroom to splash a bunch of water near my crotch in an effort to claim I'd just spilled a drink or something.

i've been swimming in raw sewage.

Rumack: I won't deceive you, Mr. Striker. We're running out of time.
Ted Striker: Surely there must be something you can do.
Rumack: I'm doing everything I can... and stop calling me Shirley!
Widow: Please go away. Oh please go away. I don't want to answer any more of your questions.

Drebin: We're sorry to bother you at this hour. We would have come earlier, but your husband wasn't dead, then.…
Will miss the guy.
Sometimes life sucks. This is one of those times.
I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.
If you liked the Naked Gun movies and never checked out the original Police Squad! show, do so...funny stuff, and no OJ as a bonus.

"Yes, I know..."
Well that sucks. Shit.
The world is certainly a sadder place with the loss of this man.
Cudos to the casting director that convinced him to do comedy .
I'll certainly hoist one in your honor tonight, Mr Nielsen.
That's a pretty good one. I would have selected "Nice beaver" though.
The man was awesome. I wish I could have been his roomate for a couple of years.
You know, I don't feel sad. He had a great run, and a long one. It's not like he was going to make a lot more funny movies. I feel sad when the great ones die at 27, but when they die at 84 I just feel like remembering him and celebrating him. He had a strange and wonderful career. I like to imagine the exact moment that the guys who made "Airplane!" realized what he could do for their movie, the first time he cocked his eyebrow.
seatackled, I agree.
I mean, come ON: "On February 20, 2002, Nielsen was named an honorary citizen of West Virginia". Does it get any better than that for a Canadian?
As I heard it, he wanted to do comedy for the longest time, but got sucked into the 'serious leading man' roles. Later in his life, he was able to spoof that in the 'Airplane' movies, which opened up a whole new career path for him, and in turn, inspired Lloyd Bridges to spoof himself in the 'Hot Shots' movies.

It is my firm belief that the greatest gift gift you can ever give yourself is to be able to laugh at yourself, because if you can do that, you know that you are not above making mistakes.

If the world laughs at you, you are being a fool.

If the world laughs with you, you have brought a smile to at least one face.

And if that were to be the only epitaph I bear to my grave, I will die the happiest person ever. It sure as hell beats making people cry.

Leslie (Shirley) Neilsen, you will always make us laugh! And we won't soon forget you...

(Forget you? Surely, your joking...)
Laughing after coming out of Platoon - one of my favs.
A good man. Definitely a favorite of mine. I've watched his movies, sometimes repeatedly,(and I mean more than twice) and I still bust a gut laughing.
Roma: that made me laugh again.

Anyone remember seeing Nielsen on Kung Fu? He was a villain for a few episodes. Caine had found his half-brother Danny, who was in trouble with the Leslie Nielsen character, who was some sort of saloon owner/loan shark who finally got his comeuppance.

Someone, maybe one of the mothers of the Airplane people, said that in Nielsen they found an actor with a perfectly respectable career and they trashed it.

Sigh. Barbara Billingsley, and now Leslie Nielsen.
One of his later films is a favorite of mine, 2004's Men With Brooms. Check it out!
I'm with Fnarf. Nielsen had an awesome career and a long life.

It's fun to discuss him with people who never knew about his pre-Airplane! career. All those serious roles, sometimes even as a bad guy. Even being in Airplane! didn't put an end to that - his next film role was as the murderous cuckold in Creepshow. (Granted, that was about the same time as when Police Squad was making its short, short run.)
@25, you're not saying you think his role in Creepshow was serious along the lines of his career pre-Airplane, surely. Because if you are, I'll give you such a frowning.
@14. Thank you. I just had it stuffed.
Yep, I just came for the Beaver.

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