RIP Leslie Nielsen

Literally every post I’ve seen about Leslie Nielsen brings up the infamous “don’t call me Shirley” line from Airplane!. I want to trot out the overlooked part of Nielsen’s gags, which is his terrible driving in both the short-lived TV show Police Squad! and the Naked Gun trilogy.

As fantastic as Airplane! was, Nielsen’s role as Frank Drebin was brilliant and he’s my favorite movie character of all-time. He was perfect for the oblivious look on his face, making bewildering statements (“It’s 4th and 15 with a full court press.”) and being the most inept cop ever.

Entertainment lost a legend today.

RIP Enrico Palazzo Leslie Nielsen


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