Unimaginable. Leslie Nielsen, onetime Inquirer pitchman, upright son of a Mountie and earnest star of Forbidden Planet, the guy who struck a universal funny bone as the literal-minded Dr. Rumack in Airplane! (1980) and malapropping Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series, has gone to that big building with patients in the sky.
To honor his goggle-eyed memory, please nominate the scene or line of his that reduced you to a puddle of giggle. For me, his most ticklish scene was in The Naked Gun 2 1/2, as he mourns the end of his relationship with Priscilla Presley in "The Loser's Bar," oblivious to the photos of the Edsel, Titanic and Hindenburg lining the walls. Line of dialogue? Same movie. where he greets Robert Goulet, host of a fancy banquet, and says, "Swell party, Hapsburg. I see a lot of familiar face-lifts."