Leslie Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 1926. This actor passed away yesterday, the 28th of November 2010, in Florida in the United States. He is probably most famous for his roles in the Airplane! and the Naked Gun movies. Many people will agree with my if I refer to Leslie Nielsen as the king of slapstick comedy, although he did have some serious roles over the years as well.
One of his trademarks was delivering sophomoric punchlines with a deadpan expression. In the last few years he has appeared in various slapstick comedies like Scary Movie 3 (in 2003), Superhero Movie (in 2007), Spanish Movie (in 2009) and Scary Movie 4 (in 2006). He actually made his acting and film debut in 1956 when he starred in the film Ransom!. In 1958 he made his television debut when he appeared in Alfred Hitchcock Presents. Leslie Nielsen was married 4 times in his life. In 1988, he became the 1,884th personality to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6541 Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles. According to the Internet Movie Database website Leslie Nelsien had 239 appearances in the Television shows and movies over the years. He was 84 years old. I have decided to feature a few Leslie Nielsen quotes today to honor his memory.
“The reason they call it ‘golf’ is that all the other 4 letter words were used up.”
“I’m a professional actor. If I was a plumber, I wouldn’t just do my plumbing in Beverly Hills bathrooms; I’d like to install air conditioning units and a few other things.”
“The violence or the vaudeville style of comedy is a technique all by itself. You get up there, and you are a comedian, and you’re doing one thing. That is, you’re going to make the audience laugh.”
“Doing nothing is very hard to do…you never know when you’re finished.”
“You’re excited? You should feel my nipples!”
“I wore that same shirt yesterday playing golf, … There goes the Nike account.”
“They’ve been cutting back on real actors for a long time.”
“I remember as a young man seeing Death of a Salesman, with Lee J. Cobb. When the play was over, nobody in the audience moved. All you could hear was a little sniffling. The silence was just overwhelming. It was a remarkable demonstration of the power of the theater. I’ll never forget that. Never.”
“Yes, it’s true, I’ve been called the Laurence Olivier of spoofs. I guess that would make Laurence Olivier the Leslie Nielsen of Shakespeare.”
“I’ve been honored by many police departments, but this story sort of sums it up: I was playing in a celebrity golf tournament with presidents. Clinton was there. Ford and Carter. We’re going around as foursomes. There was a stall. I come up with the cart, and this guy walks over, stops directly in front of me, stands at attention, and says, ‘Ten-hut!’ And then he salutes me.”
“If you’re going fishing, make sure you don’t bring your sperm-whale line with you. A sperm whale goes down to twenty-five hundred feet and can hold its breath for eighty minutes.”
“One thing a person won’t do when he’s laughing is try to beat you up.”
Leslie Nielsen will be missed by all of his fans. Rest In Peace Leslie Nielsen, from Running Wolf’s Rant. Watch this space for regular updates in the Movies, Music, Technology, Humor, Sport and Opinion categories. You might also want to check out the daily updated Babes and Photography categories.