Sunday, November 28, 2010

Leslie Nielsen Dead at 84

RIP Swamp Fox

Leslie Nielsen has died. The funnyman who Roger Ebert once referred to as the "Laurence Olivier of spoofs" passed away after suffering complications from pneumonia.

News of Nielsen's death was reported on Canadian radio station CJOB Sunday.

Nielsen's nephew told CJOB that the actor had been in the hospital in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida for 12 days and that with family and friends by his side at 5:30pm Sunday "he just fell asleep and passed away."

One of my first TV heroes. Leslie as Francis Marion, the Swamp Fox. And, one helluva early science fiction star in Forbidden Planet, too. My sincere condolences to his friends and family


TJP said...

*sigh* They're going too fast. One of my favorite Leslie Nielsen parts was in Mel Brooks's little-known send-off on the Dracula re-make, "Dracula: Dead And Loving It". Nielsen was the Count, spoofing Gary Oldman's previous performance:

"Children of the Night..." (sorry about the bad editing, not my choice)


fits said...

Pretty soon, all the greats will be gone. Leaving us with...with...with...Ben Affleck.


BobG said...

Swamp Fox was one of my favorites as a kid.

fits said...

Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox hiddin' in the glen
Nobody catches Swamp Fox men
Swamp Fox, Swamp Fox feather in his hat
Nobody knows where Swamp Fox at.

Got no money got no grain
All we got is Yankee brains