"Doing nothing is very hard to do... you never know when you're finished."
Canadians are the funniest people on Earth. We lost a great one today. Leslie Nielsen, after spending twelve days in a Fort Lauderdale hospital, passed away in his sleep due to complications with pneumonia.
While his earlier career started with dramatic roles, Nielsen earned his most memorable merits from comedy. 1980's AIRPLANE! offered him a supporting turn, one littered with quotable one-liners and his trademark deadpan humour. I (and I'd venture many others) was introduced to Nielsen as Lieutenant Frank Drebin in the outstanding NAKED GUN series. The trilogy was just one absurd joke after another, yet still somehow gave credence to the unlikeliest of people, like Priscilla Presley, Anna Nicole Smith, and O.J. Simpson--his last role before that small-scale trial he was involved in.
Leslie Nielsen was a unique talent, one that never took himself too seriously. He also somewhat found the fountain of youth, having seemingly not aged for the final thirty plus years of his life. He will be missed, and don't call him Shirley.