According to a number of reliable news sources, comedic genius Leslie Nielsen has died. This is terrible news for me, because when I was growing up, I watched “Airplane!” constantly, and still quote the film today in relevant situations. He was 84.
Nielsen was kind of metal, because he was fearless on film. His sense of humor was dark, his comedic timing, more perfect than Mike Portnoy’s stage timing, and he wore Rob Halford-like leather — at least to my recollection — in at least one scene in one of those “Naked Gun” flicks.
Yes, the guy from “The Naked Gun” has died. He was also in “The Kentucky Fried Movie,” “Creepshow,” “Dracula: Dead and Loving It,” and he played another beloved character from my childhood, “Mr. Magoo.”
A comic genius has passed. I am immensely sad. I miss him already. May I suggest we all go out and rent “Airplane!” tonight, and pay tribute to a salty-pelted comedy mastermind who made us all laugh at least once. Surely, I am serious.
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