Few people can earn the title, “iconic” but Leslie Nielsen is absolutely one of those people.
Renowned for his spoof comedy roles, he actually started as a serious, dramatic actor in the 1950’s. Genre audiences knew him well for his role in the 1959 sci-fi classic, Forbidden Planet. But after his turn to comedy in 1980’s Airplane!, Nielsen became one of the world’s foremost deadpan actors. Not to mention his part in one of the most overused, but never unfunny, bits of dialogue.
Mr. Nielsen, you’ll be missed.