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Leslie Nielsen has died

One of the titans of screwball comedy has passed away.  Leslie Nielsen, who appeared in such films as Airplane and Naked Gun, passed away yesterday of complications from pneumonia.

No one could play a clueless All-American dope quite like Nielsen.  His decades-long career is about as eclectic as they come, including many early dramatic roles and the lead in science fiction cult favorite Forbidden Planet before he committed to comedy in the 1970s.   His style of comedy influenced countless comics who followed, including Jim Carrey and just about anyone from Saturday Night Live over the last 25 years.

He will be missed

……”I am serious.  And don’t call me Shirley.”

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