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Dead Person Of The Day November 28 – Leslie Nielsen

0 Comments 28 November 2011

Good Afternoon Folks,

A personal favorite here at the NOR. We flew the flag at half mast here on this day last year for Mr. Nielsen. The Guardian’s obit is good, strong. Dense with information but I’m not sure I care for the tone towards the end. You be the judge.

*Interesting fact. You’ll notice Nielsen’s name appears with an OC below. That is an official Canadian National Order. Wikipedia told me its the second highest honor of merit. Appointees receive badges, a box of Fruit Loops and the right to armorial bearings. Way to go Canada!

Leslie William Nielsen, OC (11 February 1926 – 28 November 2010)

Few people watching the career of the tall, husky and fair-haired Leslie Nielsen, who has died aged 84, could have predicted that the stolid actor who specialised in authority figures would become known as a comedy star after two and a half decades in show business. His reputation was transformed by playing Dr Rumack on board the threatened airliner in Airplane! (1980) and Frank Drebin, the hilariously inept plain-clothes cop, in three Naked Gun films.

What the writer-directors Jim Abrahams and David and Jerry Zucker saw in Nielsen, silvery grey and in his mid-50s, was his previously po-faced persona. “They spotted me for being what I really was, a closet comedian,” he said. “And how lucky can you get? It’s like they said to me, ‘Leslie, come out and play.’ Thank God for them.” Continue

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