Leslie Nielsen dies at age 84
Leslie Nielsen -- master of straight-faced ridiculousness, the comic actor best known for wooing Priscilla Presley as Lt. Frank Drebin in the "Naked Gun" movies and the man responsible for one of the most quoted lines in movie-comedy history ("I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.") -- has died at the age of 84.
According to the Associated Press, he died Sunday due to complications from pneumonia.
Of course, the film roles that immediately come to mind upon hearing Nielsen's name are the ones alluded to above: his turns as Dr. Rumack in the 1980 classic "Airplane!" and as Drebin in the "Naked Gun" series. But let's not forget that Nielsen first brought Drebin to life in "Police Squad!," a hilarious cop-show send-up that was so good, ABC naturally canceled it after just a few episodes.
It seems only fitting to bid farewell to this silver-haired icon of absurdity with the following video montage of epilogues from "Police Squad!" May you rest in peace and surrounded by laughter, Mr. Nielsen. And yes, I am indeed serious.
Do you have a favorite Nielsen role? Line? "Naked Gun" moment? Feel free to share it by posting a comment.
| November 28, 2010; 11:50 PM ET
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