Tue, Nov 30, 2010
Starred In The Disaster Movie Spoof 'Airplane!'
Leslie Nielson, one of the stars of what became an iconic spoof
of the disaster movie genre 'Airplane!', passed away Sunday at his
home in Fort Lauderdale, FL. Nielson was 84.
Photo By Alan Light
Nielson played the doctor who tried to diagnose a mysterious
illness on board an airliner which affected the pilots as well as
some passengers. When the character asked another passenger if he
could fly the plane and got the response "Surely you can't be
serious," Nielson's character replied with what became one of his
most famous lines "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."
Nielson's acting career spanned more than 60 years. He also
starred in spoofs of the police-drama genre 'The Naked Gun' and
'Police Academy'. 'Airplane' was his first comedic role, which is
credited for much of his ongoing success.
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