Sunday, November 28, 2010

Leslie Nielson

Leslie William Nielson born February 11, 1926 passed away November 28th 2010. He appeared in over 100 films and 1,500 television programs over the span of his career, portraying over 220 characters. One of the greatest dry comedic Actors of our time. Although I do remember seeing him in episodes of The Twilight Zone. He could play the serious role along with the comedy.
In Airplane where he says "Surely you can't be serious?", he responds with a curt, "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley." In several interviews he later reflected on the significance of the comedic line: "I thought it was amusing, but it never occurred to me that it was going to become a trademark. It's such a surprise...the thing comes out, people say, 'What did he say?!'"
The Naked Gun(Series) was great along with Wrongfully Accused. I also liked The Poseidon Adventure, Creepshow and Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
He was married to Monica Boyer,Alisande Ullman,Brooks Oliver and Barbara Earl.
Nielsen had two children from his second marriage, Maura and Thea Nielsen.
Nielsen stated in several interviews that he had a few medical problems such as hearing impairment. He was legally deaf and wore hearing aids most of his life. Because of this impairment, he publicly supported the Better Hearing Institute.Leslie Nielsen was admitted to a Fort Lauderdale, Florida hospital for pneumonia. On November 28, Dr. Doug Nielsen, Nielsen's nephew, announced to the CJOB Radio station that Nielsen had died in his sleep around 5:30 p.m. EST, surrounded by family and friends.
He will be missed...

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