We’ve lost a great one. Leslie Nielsen has died at 84.
The laughs that he gave us were in their own genre. From Airplane! to Police Squad to the Naked Gun series, nobody did deadpan like that guy. I’ll never be able to look at his face without laughing. Not even if I was at the funeral.
For some obscure Nielsen, do yourself a favor and re-watch The Reluctant Astronaut with Don Knotts from 1967. Nielsen plays Major Fred Gifford, an experienced astronaut next to Knotts’ buffoon. While not intended to be funny then, Leslie’s Gifford still carries that same Drebinesque humor that kills me every time. One of those things that indeed gets better with age.