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Actor Leslie Nielsen Has Passed Away

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R.I.P. Leslie Nielsen

So sad!

Screen legend Leslie Nielsen passed away at a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida hospital on Sunday.

His nephew, Doug Nielsen, says that Leslie died of complications from pneumonia. "Today at 5:30 with his friends and his wife by his side, he just fell asleep and passed away," says his nephew.

The Canadian thespian was 84 years old.

Acting for over 50 years, he will forever be remembered (by us) for his loveably goofy roles in Airplane and The Naked Gun films.


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77 comments to “Actor Leslie Nielsen Has Passed Away”

  1. 1

    Whenever someone would ask me who my favorite actor was I would say Leslie Nielson. His dead pan comedy was unmatched by any other actor and the fact that he was a serious actor before he got into comedy just makes that much more funny. Rest in peace. I remember one time I was watching t.v. and there was a movie staring him and Barbara Steisand so I thought it was going to be one of his earlier comedy movies but the comedy never came, Leslie Nielson starting choking her and she stabbed him to death with a peice of glass….one of my most memorable movie watching experiences

  2. kizzy says – reply to this


    Rest In Peace Leslie

  3. 3

    This makes me sad.. Rest in peace :'[

  4. 4

    Such terrible sad news…he will be missed…GOD Bless and Rest in Peace…

  5. Laury says – reply to this


    NOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! I loved that guy. This makes me so sad….

  6. 6

    So sad. Classy guy.

  7. 7

    Aww man…..RIP

  8. 8

    don't call him Shirley ! A great actor , he will be greatly missed . r.i.p.

  9. 9

    oh, we JUST watched Naked Gun this weekend!!! Loved him so much. Stood in line for a book signing and all. He will be missed.

  10. 10

    This makes me really sad :(
    Rest in peace and thank you for all the laughs

  11. 11

    I am certified as 'old' now.

    "Everywhere I look, something reminds me of her…."

    "I know it wouldnt amount to hill of beans babe, but……this is our hill…..and these are OUR BEANS!"

    Goodbye Enrico Palattzo! Goodbye Shirley!

  12. 12

    "Surely you can't be serious."
    "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."

    That just sucks. Funny man. Will be missed by many.

  13. 13

    I'm actually sad. I have a pit in my stomach. One of my all time faves. RIP Leslie and thank you for a lifetime of laughs.

  14. 14

    He shouldn't just be remembered for doing goofy comedies, though. He was a pretty popular leading man in his younger days. Forbidden Planet was probably the best sci-fi film made before 2001: A Space Odyssey came around. RIP

  15. 15

    Natural causes comes hand in hand with mother-nature. Todays society has affects for all walks of life.

  16. 16

    omg how stupid i was

  17. 17

    Aw that's sad1

    I haven't seen him in much but I liked him acting. My mother is a big fan of his, she'll be sad to hear of his passing.


  18. 18

    Re: KanyeGayfish – Good point! Im going to go rent and download his entire bio…. BBL…

  19. malii says – reply to this


    airplane is my favorite comedy :'(

  20. 20

    Loved his deadpan. Miss him already.

  21. 21

    I have to say this is really sad he's a big part Canadian of nostalgia. But he lived a full life.

  22. 22


  23. Misa7 says – reply to this


    He was a good actor, i love Airplane and Naked Gun!!
    RIP Mr Nielsen!! :(

  24. 24

    Sucks!! I was hoping he'd do at least one more movie. I will miss his comedy so much…

  25. 25

    Poor Leslie Neilson. He will be missed.

  26. 26

    Great actor and comedian. Made a lot of people laugh, different generations enjoyed his work. Rest in peace. You will be missed, but always celebrated.

  27. 27

    Nice Beaver.What a great actor.A good old boy from Saskatchwan.Loved you in Airplane,Naked Gun,too bad your Riders didn,t win tonight,rest easy old boy and thanks for the laughs.

  28. 28

    Re: caravaggio the terrible – LOL I can't believe you busted out the hill of beans quote. So great! Nielsen and Nancy Marchand shared one of the best scenes ever in Naked Gun. Nielsen: "When I see five weirdos dressed in togas stab a guy in the park in full view of a 100 people, I shoot the bastards." Marchand: "That was a Shakespeare in the Park production of Julius Caesar, you moron. You killed five actors. Good ones, too." Thanks for laughs, Leslie RIP

  29. 29

    This make me very sad. RIP

  30. 30

    “Leslie Nielsen wanted something read at his funeral.”
    “What is it?”
    “It’s a service to remember the moments of someone’s life after their passing…but that’s not important right now.”
    Rest in peace, sir.

  31. 31

    Such a loss -great actor and well respected for his craft - I love all of his movies - guaranteed to always make you laugh and laugh…….he was one of kind.

  32. 32

    Awh. I only remember him from the Scary Movies haha. R.I.P.

  33. 33

    I'm laughing at the movie quotes being thrown around the net as I write this…he was a really good actor before he did Airplane, but think how many laughs we wouldn't have had in our lives since then without this guy…and with thanks to the Zuckers as well…

  34. Rigs says – reply to this



  35. 35

    He was a great comedian. He will truly be missed by millions

  36. Catty says – reply to this


    this makes me very sad. sad a great actor, both as a serious actor and as a comedian, he'll be missed :')

  37. 37

    This guy had a direct line to my funny bone. I would watch the first Naked Gun constantly when I was a kid. My parents had all of his movies from the 80s, and I really got into them when I was ten. I probably didn't go more than a couple days without watching one of his movies for at least a year. It really sucks that he passed away, because he was one person who had great comedic timing. He'll definitely be missed.

  38. 38

    All acting is serious work, not everyone can do it. Mr. Nielsen was able to portray many characters and we do recognize his talent. We will miss you, thank you for sharing your talent with us. RIP sir, may you be at peace.

  39. 39

    RIP Mr Nielsen, you're unique brand of acting (be it in comedies or dramas) will be sorely missed.

  40. 40

    This is so sad! Love him. Love watching his movies when I was a kid. RIP Leslie.

  41. 41

    Aww this is too bad. Well may he R.I.P. Gonna go watch Airplane! in his honor ha.

  42. 42

    awww i liked him bummer RIP

  43. 43

    What a loss. Thx. for the laughs Mr. Nielsen! RIP kind man!

  44. 44

    i am really sad now, the quotes people are putting up just show how hilarious this man actually is/was. He will be sorely missed. They sure don't make them like they used to.

  45. 45

    I can't tell you how sad I am at this news. Leslie was one of a kind. He will be very badly missed. R.I.P Leslie xxx

  46. 46

    I can't tell you how sad I am at this news. Leslie was one of a kind. He will be very badly missed. R.I.P Leslie xxx

  47. 47

    R.I.P. Always remembering the handsome, 'dramatic' actor with the dark hair wayyyyy back.

  48. 48

    ?? My comment posted twice.

  49. 49

    Omg, that sucks. His Naked Gun Movies are classics. May he RIP. Blessings to his family.

  50. 50

    Re: fivecarm – Sweet.

  51. 51

    Ummmm….people…you are all saying he was sooooooooo funny like HE wrote the lines in the movies he was in….the WRITERS were funny…Leslie Neilson was talented in conveying that humour. oh..and R.I. P

  52. 52


  53. 53

    I liked his N.Y.U.K. Three Stooges blocks on AMC several years back and I liked him…R.I.P.!!! =[ =[

  54. 54

    RIP Leslie. He was so incredibly funny and great comedic timing. He will be missed but lives on in so many films.

  55. 55

    I had the honour of meeting Leslie Nielson on the set of Mr. Magoo. He carried a fart machine with him at all times. True story! R.I.P. Leslie the farts are now silent

  56. 56

    so sad to hear this…..RIP you funny man!

  57. 57

    Re: hawtmomma – What an arse! Funny words are useless without a talented actor to deliver them. Keep your stupid comments to yourself and let the rest of us mourn.

  58. 58

    Re: kimmag – Hear Hear!

  59. 59

    Re: fivecarm – I think mine is from the first Naked Gun when O.J Simpson was lying in a hospital bed, bandaged from head to foot, and Leslie sat on the bed which folded in two with Simpson in agony, his wife screaming and Leslie completely oblivious. Classic!

  60. 60

    Surely he's in heaven…RIP

  61. 61

    Very classey and funny guy! I read this today and did not know he was from Canada! Anyway he is one of my fave actor. I will miss him. RIP Leslie you are in the arms of the angles. Thanks for LOL's! Prayers to his family.

  62. 62

    Re: Eldridge Cleaver – Hi, given the nature of this post. Your comment was one of the best I've ever seen from you. Now those were funny lines. You know all the funny stuff. Just sayin.. and btw I hope you had a great Thanksgiving Holiday! And again Leelie RIP!

  63. 63

    Loved him. Hands down one of my favorites of all time. He will be missed.

  64. 64

    Re: kitty9 – Now 3 times… dipshit.

  65. 65

    Re: The Dude! – What??

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  67. 67

    Re: kitty9 – clearly you didn't read my comment correctly. I am not taking away from his talent, just pointing out the fact that HE didn't write the lines people are crediting him with.

  68. 68

    Re: hawtmomma – I did read your comment correctly, I just wasn't sure why it was relevant. How many actors do you know who write their own stuff? Yet their catchphrases stick with us just the same. I personally can't imagine anyone else playing Big Frank.

  69. 69

    Back in 1993, I saw Leslie Nielsen during his book tour. I had him sign his book (The Naked Truth) with "Nice Beaver!!" When he heard what I wanted him to write, he laughed out loud and eagerly grabbed for my book. He also signed my Laser Disc covers of the Police Squad! episodes, the Naked Gun Movies (1 and 2), Airplane! and Forbidden Planet. I mailed him a picture of him with ma, along with a SASE, and he signed it and returned it (unlike Gilligan when I met him). Anyway, I'm sad that this very funny and nice guy is no longer on our planet. RIP Leslie - You will be missed.

  70. 70

    He died "with his friends and his wife by his side, he just fell asleep and passed away.."

    That's no way for a man to die. A parachute not opening… that's a way to die. Getting caught in the gears of a combine… having your nuts bit off by a Laplander, that's the way I wanna go!

    Leslie Nielson RIP.

  71. 71

    Re: Paris France – Ms. Paris, good to see you. Yeah, I like a lot of silly movies like Naked Gun and Airplane. Leslie Nielsen provided me with so many laughs. I had good Thanksgiving, thanks for asking! Hope you and your loved ones had a happy Thanksgiving as well :) Bonsoir, Ms. Paris…

  72. 72

    Re: kitty9 – you say you weren't sure why my comment was relevant, fair enough….so rather than being rude and telling me to keep my "stupid comments" to myself, why not say that? .. instead you resort to attacking someone for expressing their opinion. We are all entitled to our opinion…no one makes you read the comments here, you chose to do that, so if you happen to come across one you don't agree with, just move on to the next one. thank you

  73. 73

    Re: hawtmomma – Pompous much?

  74. 74

    Re: kitty9 – and how is that pompous?

  75. 75

    Re: kitty9 – you might want to look up the definition of pompous before you try using it to make yourself look smarter than others. You're the one making comments here telling people to keep their "stupid comments" to themselves…like what you say or think matters to anyone….now that is pompous! that is all.

  76. 76

    Re: hawtmomma – Yaaaaaawwwwwwwwwwwnn!

  77. 77

    Re: kitty9 – yeah, that's mature. lol…..you're a joke. I'm not going to waste any more time with you so reply all you want sweetheart. I've said what I needed to say. Good day.