The world lost an amazingly funny man today, as Leslie Nielsen has passed on at the age of 84 due to complications from pneumonia. Though he will be best remembered for his role as bumbling Police Squad Lt. Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun movies, and as the deadpan “Don’t call me Shirley” doctor in Airplane, Nielsen’s career in film and TV actually spanned over 60 years, with major roles in classics like Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure.

Mr. Nielsen will always have a special place in my heart, as my brother and grew up laughing our heads off watching him in the Naked Gun and Airplane films on HBO. I owe a lot of my sense of humor and understanding of what is funny to  people like Leslie Nielsen and the Zucker Brothers.  Here’s one of the many Naked Gun compilations that can be found on Youtube:


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