The Book of Threes

Leslie Nielsen: His Career in Three Photos


Forbidden PlanetIt wasn’t all gags from the start. Here he was as a spaceship commander, with robot and ray gun, in Forbidden Planet in 1956:


He stuck around as a semi-star for decades, guesting on TV shows like The Virginian and Ironside. (He even played the ship’s captain in the original disaster movie, The Poseidon Adventure, in 1972.) But then came the disaster-movie spoof Airplane! in 1980.  That’s Leslie NIelsen second from right, with another famous silver-haired actor, Peter Graves, as the pilot.

The Naked Gun 2 1/2

By 1991 it was full-on silliness with The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear.
His last big spoof was the Dracula-inspired Stan Helsing last year, according to the IMDB.

Thanks for the memories, Mr. Nielsen!

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