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.
Enrico Palazzo Leslie Nielsen