I’m saddened to report that legendary actor Leslie Nielsen, aged 84, passed away yesterday, Sunday, November 28th, at approximately 5:30pm EST.
I’m from Generation Y, but I remember him fondly from his appearances in Airplane! and the Naked Gun series. He’s always had such a charismatic presence, and he’s sadly missed.
His television and film career began in the 1950s. The majority of his many, many roles were dramatic until his appearance in 1980′s Airplane! proved his special talent for comedy. Older generations remember his excellent dramatic roles, often playing villains, while younger generations remember his comedy.
As a Canadian, Mr. Nielsen made me proud to be from Canada. He was born on February 11th, 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 2002, he was awarded the Order of Canada.
According to Wikipedia, Mr. Nielsen has played over 220 characters, in over 100 movies and over 1,500 television shows in his decades-long acting career. In addition to his cinematic appearances, younger people may remember his cameos in iconic TV shows over the past few decades, such as M.A.S.H., Murder, She Wrote, Hawaii Five-O, Who’s The Boss?, Saturday Night Live, and The Golden Girls.
There are very few actors with careers as prolific and extensive as Mr. Nielsen’s. Fans young and old unite in mourning his passing. He entertained many millions and was greatly loved.