Canadian actor and comedian Leslie Nielsen, passed away Sunday evening (Nov 28) of complications from pneumonia. In the ’60s, Nielsen took several TV roles before landing a key part in “The Poseidon Adventure” in 1972. The film follows the story of a cruise ship overturned by a tsunami, and the inhabitants’ attempt to save themselves. By the end of the decade, Nielsen would begin to pursue comedic roles almost exclusively.
His first comedy, “Airplane!” was a milestone in the field of slapstick. Leslie played Dr. Rumack, an MD so intense he wears his stethoscope even when he’s not treating patients. He can also get lasagna for dinner even if it isn’t on the flight menu. Nielsen would go on to make his most noteworthy comedic performances in the “Naked Gun” trilogy, solidifying his status as a comic great.
RIP Leslie Nielsen 1926 – 2010.