Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Positively Positive Movie Review- In Memorium- Leslie Nielsen

February 11,1926 –  November 28,2010

Before anyone asks, yes, I knew he died the day it happened. I just didn't plan on writing anything until now. What inspired me to do this? So many people had no idea who he was when I sadly said, "Leslie Nielsen died." Who was Leslie Nielsen? WHO WAS LESLIE NIELSEN? Seriously? For this reason, I had to write about him.

I don't know if it is my generation but almost every younger person I have said this to had no idea who he was. No disrespect is meant to these people, because I love them, but he was one of the greats! I grew up with him. My father and I would sit down and watch Nielsen constantly, mostly in the Naked Gun movies, while my mother would say to us, "not these movies again." Leslie Nielsen wasn't just an actor and an amazing comedian, he was a huge part of my childhood.

I hoped posting a picture would help people place him in their minds. For those who don't know who he is by seeing his picture above, let me list some of my favorite movies of his:


The Naked Gun Series! Nielsen played the bumbling, idiotic, HILARIOUS character of Lt. Frank Drebin, a cop who has the ability to get himself into the most peculiar situations and the most trouble while still catching the bad guy, usually by some sort of freak accident. I love these movies! My father and I would watch them constantly. These movies are probably partially to blame for my weird sense of humor.

Airplane! Who couldn't love Nielsen as Dr. Rumack?

Mr. Magoo. I must have watched this movie a million times as a kid! It is ridiculous but I still love it to this day!

Nielsen also played the president in Scary Movies 3 and 4 (not sure about the first two but I don't think so.)  He was also Santa in the 1991 movie All I Want For Christmas and guest starred on television shows like Who's the Boss? and The Golden Girls. You get the picture.

So who was Leslie Nielsen? A big star, a great actor and comedian and one of my favorite memories from my childhood. He seemed like a great man and I would have loved to have met him. You might not all know him by name but you must have seen him somewhere and once you recognize him, hopefully you will remember a smile he brought to your face as he brought many to mine.

For more information on this great man go to or click the link above his picture, which will take you to his page at

And to end this, I will provide one of my favorite quotes from Leslie Nielsen.

From Airplane! :

Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?

Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.

Rumack: I am serious... and don't call me Shirley.

Nielsen's Rating: No Spoonfuls- No sugar needed to sweeten this review but surely we know he sweetened our hearts!

He will be deeply missed (and don't call him Shirley!)


  1. I loved him as Dracula in Dracula; Dead, and Loving It.

  2. 2 thumbs up and if i had 10, i would put them all up!

  3. ..i love this guy..he is d best comedian in hollywood...
    ..i loved him in naked gun...