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"He is serious. And don't call him Shirley."

"I'm afraid if I don't keep moving, they're going to catch me ... I am 81 years old and I want to see what's around the corner, and I don't see any reason in the world not to keep working. But I am starting to value my down time a great deal because I am realizing there might be other things to do that I am overlooking."
Leslie Nielsen reflecting on his career

Leslie Nielsen was a Canadian born actor and comedian. Originally trained at Toronto's Neighborhood Playhouse, he first became known as a dramatic lead debuting in The Vagabond King. Though the movie wasn't a success, Nielsen soon achieved fame as Commander John J. Adams in Forbidden Planet, and subsequently starred in many films and television shows as a romantic or dramatic leading man

He is, however, best known for his comedic career, starting with a Casting Gag role in Airplane!, where his deadpan delivery in the face of nonstop absurdity stole the film. The film's success rejuvenated his career, and Nielsen soon found himself starring in other comic works, most notably Police Squad! and The Naked Gun. All together, he has appeared in over a hundred films and 1,500 television programs.

He died of complications from pneumonia in November 2010.

His epitaph reads: "Let 'er Rip." Because that's how he rolls.

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