RIP: Leslie Nielsen

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While he will be long remembered for his timeless, side-splitting, searing portrayal of Lt. Frank Drebin, we shouldn’t forget Leslie Nielsen’s earlier stint as a stolid, upright leading man that allowed his later send-ups of this same role to pack such punch. And of course, he was pretty memorable in FORBIDDEN PLANET, a classic ’50s SF version of The Tempest that also introduced Robbie the Robot on a waiting world.
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But it’s in Police Squad and POLICE STORY that Nielsen, who died at age 84 this weekend, will be best remembered.

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