Leslie Nielsen left us Sunday night. Once best known for his role in Forbidden Planet, where he delivered a smooth, old-fashioned Flash Gordony performance that today recalls Zap Brannigan. As that comparison might imply, his mannered style felt like an anachronism as the art of acting evolved, and like William Shatner, he eventually embraced this fact, becoming one of the kings of screwball comedy.
I was going to assemble my own list of Nielsen moments, but Hecklerspray already has us covered. Go there to remember a warm and lovable performer. I’m sorry I couldn’t give him a high-five in life, but after seeing how physical interactions with him often turned out, I think it might be for the best.