Sunday, November 28, 2010

RIP Leslie Nielsen

He was 84, so we knew his time would come eventually, but due to complications from penumonia, Lt. Frank Drebin will not be back for a Naked Gun 4.

He was generally a straight man through most of his career (Forbidden Planet), but it was 1980's Airplane! where deadpan skills really came out. That led to the short-lived Police Squad, and then the Naked Gun trilogy.

And yet, I'll also never forget him as Barbra Streisand's would-be assailant in 1987's Nuts. That was not a role he would have ever been offered if The naked Gun had already come out.

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