Leslie Nielsen: A great Comedic Actor dies
Posted on December 8, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
Though Leslie Nielsen also played many roles as a dramatic actor, he is best remembered for the many comedies that he did in his life. The great actor passed away at the age of 84. One of the most remembered lines of his career is from “Airplane” when he answered the “Surely you can’t be serious” comment with, “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley”.
One of the most famous lines in his long career but far from the only thing he ever did. In many films he played a great dramatic part, like “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Forbidden Planet”. But really it seems that many people will always remember him for his great performances in comedies like “The Naked Gun”.
On Sunday he died from complications experienced from pneumonia, his wife and many friends were by his side as he passed away. Truly a great actor in many ways though again we will always remember him for those comedies and great one liners that so often he would pull off with a perfectly straight face as we all were laughing quite hard.
In the 1950s he would head out for Hollywood, and it would be his first dramatic performance that would get him a contract with MGM. Yes a dramatic role in “The Vagabond King”, thought the film flopped the executives noticed his talent. For his first film for MGM he was cast as the commander of a space ship in “Forbidden Planet”. One of his best dramatic performances was offered as the captain of the ocean liner that has tipped over in “The Poseidon Adventure”.
Behind the scenes of movies he was quite the prankster, and that fits in perfectly with many of his comedies too. Critics would always state that Nielsen was being type cast when placed into comedies. But the actor would only say that he wanted to do comedy and had no problem with the fact of being cast in certain roles.
We can all remember him for the roles we best enjoyed him in, but surely he will remain a legend of the way he would deliver those funny lines so seriously!
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