Saturday, November 28, 2015

Leslie Nielsen: Remembering Him Five Years Later

Leslie Nielsen, the wonderful cmic actor who entertained millions dies on this date five years ago.
With a look back, heres how the Dan Cirucci Blog reported on his death and remembered him at that time:

Leslie Nielsen, the actor whose longtime career took a sudden turn from drama into comedy with spoofs like "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun," has died at age 84, his family said Sunday.
Nielsen was born in Canada and his career extended for decades, back to the early days of television.
Nielsen's really big break came in 1980 when he was cast as the doctor on a plane in the hit comedy "Airplane." Though he had played roles in TV dramas and other parts, Airplane launched a huge second career for Nielsen who became a kind of comic icon.
Nielsen died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida,

Leslie Nielsen's Top Five Characters
On the heels of his recent death there continues to be a great deal of interest in comedian/actor Lelsie Nielsen.
In no particular order, here are the five most memorable characters that Nielsen created:
Lucas Hollingsworth on the Golden Girls - Nielsen plays Blanch Devereaux's Uncle Lucas and trcks Dorothy into going out on a date with him. But Dorothy and Uncle Lucas have the last laugh when they trick Blanch.
Max Muldoon on Who's The Boss? -  Nielsen plays Mona's love interest. The romance progresses so far that he actually proposes to Mona but they don't end up together in the end.
Frank Drebin on Police Squad - Although this series lastest only about six episodes it inspired the movie The Naked Gun. Frank would offer someone a cigarette, he would say, "Cigarette?" The potential recipient always replied, "Yes, I know."
Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun - A reprise of the TV role, this began a series of feature length films. There were three in all.
Dr. Rumack in Airplane - The role that catapulted Nielsen to fame. The famous line: "Surely, you can't be serious!" Nielsen replies, "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."

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