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November 28, 2010


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Everyone remembers the "Don't call me Shirley" line, but I think Nielsen's at his funniest in this exchange with Peter Graves:

"Captain, how soon can you land?"
"I can't tell."
"You can tell me. I'm a doctor."
"No, I mean I'm just not sure!"
"Well, can you take a guess?"
"Well, not for another couple of hours."
"You can't take a guess for another couple of hours?"


Shawn Stone

The deadpan delivery--by Nielsen and, well, everyone--on POLICE SQUAD is spectacular. I can't except he wasn't in on the joke.

Until I read his NY Times obit, didn't realize he knew Lorne Greene in Canada when they were starting out. Makes Greene's memorable POLICE SQUAD cameo that much richer.


The really strange thing about Nielsen was that he was that he was also the brother of the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada, Eric Nielsen. E. Nielsen was first elected from the Yukon in 1957 as a Conservative, and during the party's long stint in opposition from 1963 to 1984, he acquired a reputation as a formidable parliamentary player. So it's not surprising that he became Deputy Prime Minister when the Tories returned to power in 1984. As a cabinet minster he was less impressive, and quit two and a half years later. Oddly, both brothers died when they were 84.

Michael Adams

In one of the Forbidden Planet extras, Nielsen describes himself as “a stalwart, disciplined, strong leading man,” perhaps hinting at his awareness of his limitations. Nevertheless, as a child I found him riveting in The Swamp Fox.

Steve Simels

And apparently Jean Hersholt -- as in the Academy's Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award -- was his uncle. I had no idea.

Castle Bravo

Sexual assault with a concrete dildo...


"Nice beaver!"
"Thank you. I just had it stuffed."

I must've around 10 years old when I first saw Naked Gun at my cousin's house, and his older brothers kept rewinding that scene and howling while I kept wondering what was so funny.

Leslie Nielsen will certainly be missed.

Charlie R

I'd known her for years. We used to go to all the police functions together. Ah, how I loved her, but she had her music. I think she had her music. She'd hang out with the Chicago Male Chorus and Symphony. I don't recall her playing an instrument or being able to carry a tune. Yet she was on the road 300 days of the year. In fact, I bought her a harp for Christmas. She asked me what it was.

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