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Actor Leslie Nielsen Dies at 84

CmdrTaco posted more than 3 years ago | from the definitely-will-be-missed dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Famous actor Leslie Nielsen died of pneumonia at a Florida hospital Sunday evening. Leslie was renowned for his comedic roles in dozens of films and TV shows, such as The Naked Gun and Police Squad. His characteristic style and humor was always enjoyable, and he will be sorely missed." Of course you might also remember him from The Forbidden Planet, which is classic sci-fi by any measure.

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Stop calling him Shirley! (3, Insightful)

2.7182 (819680) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373746)

He was a funny guy. Bye dude!

Re:Stop calling him Shirley! (0, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34373856)

He also did some of the best classic Sci-Fi [imdb.com] when he was young.

Typecasting (1)

hoboroadie (1726896) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374290)

I guess I'm just old, but after all these years, I still find it jarring to see him doing comedy.

But that's not important right now. (4, Interesting)

tverbeek (457094) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374402)

One of things that made Nielsen so good as a comedic actor was his long history as a serious, dramatic actor. Especially in his comedic debut (Airplane!) the gravitas that he brought to his deadpan delivery is what made his performance work, something a more traditional "funny man" actor couldn't have pulled off. He then leveraged his new-found reputation as a comic actor to branch out into more overt buffoonery, which is something that most other "serious" actors couldn't have pulled off.

Surely... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34373754)

you can't be serious?

Re:Surely... (5, Funny)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373772)

I am serious, and don't call me Shirley.

Re:Surely... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373996)

The first thing I did this morning after hearing about his death on the radio was to change my sig.

I was pleased to see that the Wikipedia article about him mentioned Police Squad. That short-lived TV show was funnier than the movie sequels. I have them on tape, and plan on watching them tonight.

Re:Surely... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374054)

yeah, you fucked that up.

Re:Surely... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374236)

Roger, Over.
Huh?
What's your Vector, Victor?
Who? What?

Re:Surely... (5, Funny)

RMH101 (636144) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374376)

if there's any justice in the world, the hearse will have flashing lights on top and will crash into some bins...

Re:Surely... (1)

MonsterTrimble (1205334) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374664)

My kingdom for mod points!

But seriously, he was a funny funny guy. And Now I'm going to have to have a Police Squad/Naked Gun/Airplane movie marathon. There goes the week!

It was pneumonia sadly... (5, Funny)

Winckle (870180) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373770)

the doctors said it was 50/50, but there was only a 10% chance of that.

Re:It was pneumonia sadly... (5, Funny)

A. B3ttik (1344591) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373810)

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

Re:It was pneumonia sadly... (3, Insightful)

JerryQ (923802) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374620)

Life is not a journey to the grave, with the intention of arriving in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather, to skid in broadside, totally used up, loudly proclaiming "Wow!, what a ride!"

Re:It was pneumonia sadly... (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374004)

He must have had the fish.

Re:It was pneumonia sadly... (1)

bigredradio (631970) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374860)

you mean the salmon mousse?

Re:It was pneumonia sadly... (1)

sconeu (64226) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374980)

I had the lasagna.

Looks like he picked the wrong week to quit breathing.

Re:It was pneumonia sadly... (4, Funny)

Fibe-Piper (1879824) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374120)

Rumack (Nielsen): You'd better tell the Captain we've got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital. Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it? Rumack (Nielsen): It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now.

Ah we'll miss him.

Re:It was pneumonia sadly... (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374442)

That's what he gets for going to the intensive care ward at Our Lady of the Worthless Miracle.

Sad... (0, Redundant)

Stormwatch (703920) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373796)

His characteristic style and humor was always enjoyable, and he will be sorely missed."

Yes, it was. And don't call him Shirley.

He's Dead? (5, Funny)

ObitMan (550793) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373806)

Let me know when his condition improves.

Re:He's Dead? (5, Funny)

phishtahko (1308293) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373860)

He's dead?

and loving it!

Re:He's Dead? (1)

Buggz (1187173) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373870)

That's one dead event you subscribed to. I hope you didn't create a deadlock, or even a fatal error.

Re:He's Dead? (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373894)

Nope, Dead and Loving it! Finally time to do nothing *and* be sure when you're finished.

Re:He's Dead? (1)

etwills (471396) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374610)

"Well, I'll give him another twenty minutes; but that's it!"

Re:He's Dead? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34375236)

That's from Top Secret, alas, not a Leslie Nielsen movie.

Cheer up, Ed. (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34373836)

This is not goodbye. It's just I won't ever see you again.

Keep on your toes, and RIP.

Nice Beaver! (5, Funny)

slackbheep (1420367) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373844)

"Thanks, I just had it stuffed!"

Re:Nice Beaver! (1)

suso (153703) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373990)

Maybe he had his Turkey stuffed.

Re:Nice Beaver! (1)

Burnhard (1031106) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374270)

Oh jeez... I just posted that below. Anticipatory plagiarism.....

It's not Leslie Nielson (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34373848)

It's Enrico Pallazzo !

I promise you; whatever scum did this..... (1)

grepppo (1592163) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373940)

not one man on this force will rest one minute until he's behind bars. Now, let's grab a bite to eat.

No. (1)

damn_registrars (1103043) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373952)

It's Enrico Pallazzo !

It's Weird Al Yankovic!!

A dramatic actor (5, Interesting)

invid (163714) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373850)

Before the movie "Airplane", he had always been seen as a dramatic actor. It was because of his deadpan seriousness that he was able to be so funny. Also, his role as the captain of the starship in "Forbidden Planet" was a prototype for Captain Kirk.

Re:A dramatic actor (3, Interesting)

Megane (129182) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373884)

I always wished that someone would do a parody of Forbidden Planet with him in the starring role. It would have been awesome. I thought a good name for it would be "Prohibited Planet".

Re:A dramatic actor (1)

thijsh (910751) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374424)

Excellent idea! It would be a great homage. But the question is who can we find that can possibly follow in Leslie Nielsens footsteps? He was one of a kind... But hey, they've been cutting back on real actors for a long time.

Re:A dramatic actor (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373974)

He was a dramatic actor prior to "Airplane," but I don't think that's why he was able to be so funny. I think that movie just revealed it. Comedic timing is something that a person has, one can develop it, but those of us that have it don't just wake up one day with it.

Dead pan is a lot harder to do than a lot of folks realize. Getting the timing right and having all that stuff going on around you is definitely a challenge.

Personally, I'll miss him. His work definitely helped me out when I was seriously ill from a bad infection. Pretty much the only thing that allowed me to get any food down at all was his films.

Re:A dramatic actor (1)

Nighttime (231023) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374084)

I hope you kept away from the fish.

Re:A dramatic actor (3, Funny)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374300)

Getting the timing right and having all that stuff going on around you is definitely a challenge.

First post!

Re:A dramatic actor (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374040)

Airplane! gave a lot of dramatic actors the chance to do comedy. Some got the joke immediately (like Robert Graves and Leslie Neilsen). Some spent the entire shoot very confused (like Lloyd Bridges and Robert Stack).

Re:A dramatic actor (2, Informative)

c.derby (574103) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374092)

peter graves...

Re:A dramatic actor (2, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374256)

Yes, him too.

Re:A dramatic actor (1)

JasoninKS (1783390) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374662)

Nah...Lloyd just picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

Re:A dramatic actor (1)

M. Baranczak (726671) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374910)

Airplane! gave a lot of dramatic actors the chance to do comedy.

Like Kareem Abdul Jabar.

That's not important right now... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34373886)

He's dead what does that mean. It means he is no longer breathing but that isn't important right now.

He died, what from. I'm sorry but I can't tell you. You can tell me I'm a doctor. I mean I don't know.

Pneumonia, surly you must be joking, I'm not joking and stop calling me Shirley.

Rest in peace you funny man :)

Locksmith (5, Funny)

skyriser2 (179031) | more than 3 years ago | (#34373934)

Dutch Gunderson: Who are you and how did you get in here?
Frank Drebin: I'm a locksmith. And, I'm a locksmith.
-Police Squad

Re:Locksmith (1)

zaivala (887815) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374306)

Ocksmith?

Sleepy way to go (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34373958)

pneumonia is easy way to go. You are just very very tired and you are not interested about anything other things than just sleeping. And you go while you sleep.

R.I.P

Re:Sleepy way to go (2, Informative)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374162)

Ever had pneumonia?
You can barely breathe, your coughing mucus from your lungs, and you feel the life disappearing from you.
It's not a sleeping disease, unless you've been put to sleep by meds.

Re:Sleepy way to go (2, Informative)

TheGratefulNet (143330) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374384)

had it for 2 or 3 months one time. it redefined 'sickness' all before then and all after then, as well, for me. worst time in my life and hope I never get another of those. I should have been in the hospital since I could not breathe well (fighting most of the time to breathe). doctors could not do anything and just cycled antibiotics almost like going down a search-list, just serially trying things hoping something would work.

I hope it was not painful for him. fighting to breathe is not a pleasant way to be (or to go).

I was in my 30's at the time and it nearly killed me.

Re:Sleepy way to go (2, Interesting)

MisterSquid (231834) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374638)

Pneumonia keeps one from breathing. Understood. Do we not yet know how to oxygenate the blood through alternative means? (In case it's not blindingly obvious, I know jack about medical science.)

Re:Sleepy way to go (2, Informative)

jimicus (737525) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374764)

Neither do I, but 5 minutes googling will tell you that we do have such machines, but you can't use them for more than a few hours at a time. Fine for surgery, pretty useless for pneumonia.

(A bit further reading will suggest that there do exist machines which aren't as limited - I wonder if you're getting to the edges of what is possible and what is very much post-doctoral research stuff at this point?)

Re:Sleepy way to go (3, Informative)

MMC Monster (602931) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374998)

Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) is probably what you're looking for. That being said, it not for any length of time and has very serious risks. Much safer to be intubated and put on a ventilator for a couple weeks.

Re:Sleepy way to go (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34375092)

Pneumonia is what old people die of when they aren't going to die of anything else.

Re:Sleepy way to go (1)

hoboroadie (1726896) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374464)

I used to get something that we named the "Powell Plague" (after its original vector). It recurred annually, three to eight weeks of invalidity. Four years ago I talked a nurse into giving me the pneumonia vaccine, et voila, I haven't had it since.

Re:Sleepy way to go (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374560)

Ever had pneumonia?

Ever been in a Turkish prison?

Ever seen a grown man naked?

Re:Sleepy way to go (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34375190)

My Mom broke two ribs from coughing when she had pneumonia. Yes, it can indeed be very bad.

Re:Sleepy way to go (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374520)

pneumonia is easy way to go. You are just very very tired and you are not interested about anything other things than just sleeping. And you go while you sleep.

No, that's smoking pot.

Bullshit. (1)

SharpFang (651121) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374000)

Pneumonia? He's not dead. He's gonna come back any moment now, synthetic lungs, three years in secret underwater ops.

Re:Bullshit. (1)

skywatcher2501 (1608209) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374252)

More likely his head is going to be put in a jar and he'll host the Oscars in the year 3000.

Re:Bullshit. (1)

naz404 (1282810) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374734)

"Children of the night... what a mess they make!"

Leslie Nielsen: Dead and Loving It

I would have memorialized him earlier, (2, Funny)

uwes98 (1047778) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374012)

but he wasn't dead then.

Re:I would have memorialized him earlier, (1)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374150)

I just hope his family didn't wait until the last minute to fill out those organ donor cards.

good night sweet prince (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374094)

TOO LATE! I already found this out on 4chan last night. related stories: justin beiber, will ferrell, and president obama also die.

Re:good night sweet prince (1)

arkane1234 (457605) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374144)

Given enough time, I'm willing to give that a 100% possibility!

We're all risking death every day (4, Funny)

elrous0 (869638) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374106)

You take a chance getting up in the morning, crossing the street, or sticking your face in a fan.

Re:We're all risking death every day (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374348)

Even worst, you could wake up dead tomorrow!

Last meal (2, Funny)

Nidi62 (1525137) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374114)

He just had to eat the fish, didn't he? RIP Leslie Nielsen, the world just got a little less funny.

Time for a re-watch... (3, Informative)

grub (11606) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374202)


Time to re-watch Forbidden Planet.

If you haven't seen it, do so! It's a true classic of sci-fi.

Re:Time for a re-watch... (1)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374274)

^^ Recently watched Due South again. It's a shame that his recurring character actually started out quite serious, but later episodes turned him into Drebin's Canadian cousin ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5s9eV2ZBaO8 [youtube.com] ).

Re:Time for a re-watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374490)

Funny, I just watched season one the other day. It's still in my DVD drive. Due South got pretty messed up in Season 3.

Re:Time for a re-watch... (1)

deniable (76198) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374964)

He was in one of my favorite scenes [youtube.com] of that show. Ride Forever, indeed.

Re:Time for a re-watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374452)

I just watched it recently. For a 1959 movie, the special effects are excellent. The saucer spaceship, Robbie the Robot, force fields, laser guns ... it was more innovative, for its time, than Star Wars was for ours. IMO the top SF movie of all. People will be watching Forbidden Planet long after Airplane et al. are forgotten. Goodbye, Leslie, we will remember you.

Re:Time for a re-watch... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374982)

1956 actually. [imdb.com] :)

This is so sad... (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374212)

... now who will I watch gladiator movies with?

R.I.P., Mr. Nielsen.

Re:This is so sad... (1)

TRS80NT (695421) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374334)

Surely you're thinking of Peter Graves. Wait. He's dead too.

Re:This is so sad... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34375044)

He was thinking of Peter Graves. And stop calling him Shirley.

Re:This is so sad... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374634)

you are thinking of Peter Graves

Re:This is so sad... (1)

ConceptJunkie (24823) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374672)

D'Oh! You're right.

Now I feel stupid... er...

where? (1)

joepress99 (69729) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374238)

I don't know where I'll be - but I won't smell so good...

Prophylactic (1)

Dan East (318230) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374254)

Ahhh, the man who introduced me to the full-body condom, which I still use to this day.

Looking up the ladder. (1)

Burnhard (1031106) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374260)

Nice Beaver!

My favorite Leslie Nielsen scene (4, Funny)

hellfire (86129) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374310)

Leslie Nielsen walks into a bar...

(to the waiter) "Give me the strongest thing you got."
(In walks a body builder)
"On second thought I'll have a black russian."
(waiter turns to walk away, then turns toward the camera, looks at the audience, and shakes his head.)

What are they going to tell his kids? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374314)

Oh, poor Ralph. And what about my daughter? What am I gonna tell her?
HOCKEN: Yeah, you're gonna have to tell her something. Tell her he went on a long trip.
DREBIN: Ah, wait a minute. How about a big monster came and took him to daddy heaven?
MRS TWICE WAILS
DREBIN: Nahh.
HOCKEN: How about this? He threw himself on a grenade and saved a battalion. Yeah, that's it.
DREBIN: No, no, wait a minute. He was killed be left wing insurgents from Paraguay.
MRS TWICE WAILS
DREBIN: No, Bolivia.
HOCKEN: I got it. I got it. He was traded to the Cubs for Reggie Jackson.

I just want to tell you Leslie... (2, Interesting)

CFBMoo1 (157453) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374330)

Rest in peace, we're all still laughing at you. Thank you for the good memories you gave us and how you will still brighten our days as we remember you.

He would still be alive if (1)

scourfish (573542) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374396)

they had not treated him in the intensive care ward at Our Lady of the Worthless Miracle.

I'm going to watch "Wrongfully Accused" in his honor.

George Zip said that? (2, Insightful)

GregC63 (1564363) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374414)

Yes, he looked at me and said, "Doc," he said, "Some time, when the crew is up against it, and the breaks are beating the boys, tell 'em to get out there and give it all they've got. And win just one for the Zipper. I don't know where I'll be then Doc, he said. But I won't smell too good, that's for sure." Airplane is still one of my top 3 movies of all time. R.I.P Leslie Neilsen

I just want to tell you both (1)

Steneub (1070216) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374504)

good luck. we're all counting on you.

It's a happy thing to see other posters here celebrating his work and quoting his funnier moments. He made a lot of people very happy and that's how he should be remembered.

Goodbye (-1, Flamebait)

Dunbal (464142) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374558)

and nothing of value was lost. I hated that guy almost as much as I hate Steve Martin.

Re:Goodbye (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374646)

You're a delight. I hope that next heart attack is 'da big one.

Re:Goodbye (1)

Urkki (668283) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374684)

and nothing of value was lost.

Indeed, at least not much was lost, since he wouldn't have made many movies in any case any more, and his existing work will endure time, much like, say... Charlie Chaplin's work.

Re:Goodbye (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#34375054)

We'll all be looking forward eagerly to your obituary too.

beat me to it (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374732)

I would have posted this sooner, but he wasn't dead then.

Whaddaya think killed him? (1)

SpaghettiPattern (609814) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374756)

  • Whaddaya think killed him?
  • Sex?
  • Not now, thanks.

(BTW, these UL-lists look like crap.)

Favourite Scene - Naked Gun 2.5 (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374758)

Lt. Frank Drebin: Miss, I'm Lt. Frank Drebin, and this is Captain Ed Hocken, Police Squad.
Busty Female Shop Assistant: Is this some kind of bust?
Lt. Frank Drebin: Well... it's very impressive, yes, but we need to ask you a few questions.

He will be missed.

Obligatory. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#34374786)

There is, in fact, no denying his contributions to popular culture. Truly an American icon.

Dear Mr Nielson in heaven, (5, Funny)

tangent3 (449222) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374832)

I just want to wish you good luck, we're all counting on you.

That random coincidence. (3, Interesting)

durrr (1316311) | more than 3 years ago | (#34374878)

I was thinking about him yesterday, of that one scene where he manages to flip the priceless but water intolerant pen into the aquarium with the award winning lionfish.
Dunno why i was reminded of it, i didn't even remember what his name was, and when i remembered i wondered if he was still alive. And now i find out he died approximately when i was reminded of it.
If i was paranormally inclined i'd claim to have psychic powers, but i guess it's just coincidence. It's a loss either way, he was my childhood comedy hero.

Re:That random coincidence. (1)

tehcyder (746570) | more than 3 years ago | (#34375090)

He was your childhood comedy hero and you couldn't even remember his name?

Finally (1)

memojuez (910304) | more than 3 years ago | (#34375016)

... someone mentioned Police Squad!!
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