Wednesday, December 1, 2010

A Tribute to Leslie Nielsen

The doctor approached the passenger who was a former military pilot and asked him if he could fly the plane now that the two airline pilots were incapacitated.

"Surely, you can't be serious," the former military pilot asked.

"I am serious," the doctor replied. "And don't call me Shirley."

Leslie Nielson (seen in the above AP photo), who died this week, was a straight dramatic actor before he played the doctor in Airplane.

He played the doctor deadpan straight, which is why he was so funny in that film comedy. He also portrayed the detective in the Police Squad TV series and the Naked Gun film series straight and he was hilarious in that role as well.

David Zucker, one of the makers of the classic film comedies Airplane and Naked Gun, wrote a tribute to the late actor for The Hollywood Reporter.

You can read the tribute below:

The Hollywood Reporter also published a tribute to Nielson from comedians.

You can read that piece via the below link:

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