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Leslie Nielsen: From The Files Of The Birthday Boy!



Sometimes an actor is so beloved by his fans that even after leaving this world his presence is felt. Maybe it's because the famous comedies he starred in were SO absurd that having sorrow knowing he's gone is overtaken by the sheer joy he brought you.
A Canadian actor born on February 11th, he starred in many genre supporting roles in the '60's and '70's, with notable roles in "Forbidden Planet" and "The Poseidon Adventure."
It wasn't until he starred in 1980's "Airplane!" that his career took off...in a very different direction.
From then on roles in "The Naked Gun: From The Files Of The Police Squad!" and it's sequels turned him into a comedy star. He would continue these types of roles with "Repossessed, "2001: A Space Travesty," and even starring as the great Count Dracula in "Dracula: Dead And Loving It" for the legendary Mel Brooks.
There are a handful of very talented actors who can say completely absurd dialogue with a face as straight as stone, and in my opinion I've never seen an actor perfect this skill like Nielsen. His ability to perform wacky humor as if he were acting in a dramatic role was probably the most impressive feat I've seen in comedy. Many of my comedy heroes from television were famous for breaking and Nielsen was stone cold. Which made all that went around him all the more hilarious.
A comedy legend? Surely I can't be serious!

Well Shirley...I AM serious.





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  1. So true! It's amazing how he's brought so much joy that you can't help but smile. You're filled with it. By the way, check out his movie Day Of The Animals with the guys from RiffTrax giving their spin. Nielsen's character was screaming to make people laugh!

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