1926 - 2010
He'll always be remembered for his ridiculously funny Naked Gun series, and for his ridiculously funny supporting role in Airplane! (Surely, you can't be serious) but what has always impressed me about the now late Leslie Nielsen is how ridiculously talented he is when he's not trying to be funny. His early dramatic work is some of the best around. If you have the chance, be sure to check out his guest work on the old Paul Haggis show Due South, and also watch Harlow, where he plays Richard Manley. Excellent work from an actor who will be truly missed.
Also, for a mindless look at a performance filled with comedic genius (too bad the movie around the performance does it no justice), dust off a copy of Mr. Magoo and truly enjoy your evening.
Rest in peace, Mr. Nielsen. But, know that we'll never stop calling you Shirley.