Earlier this week, Leslie Nielsen passed away from complications due to pneumonia, at the ripe old age of 86. Most well known for his wacky comedic turns, such as the Naked Gun’s Lieutenant Frank Drebin, Nielsen was also well-received for more serious roles at the beginning of his career.
We’ve taken a look through our database for the best Leslie Nielsen films… Pop one in this weekend, and let his perfect comic timing and hilarious deadpan expressions remind you why he was so popular, for so long.
Ray – If it were possible to laugh yourself to death, then Airplane! would quickly have become the most prolific serial killer of all time. It is exceptionally funny, with some of the quickest humour and wittiest writing ever conceived. The jokes come hard and fast, each one causing so much laughter you’re likely to miss the following three. A truly timeless film, Aiplane! soars to dizzying heights of comedy.
A starship crew goes to investigate the silence of a planet’s colony only to find two survivors and a deadly secret that one of them has.
Leslie Nielsen stars as Police Squad’s own granite-jawed, rock-brained cop Frank Drebin, who bumbles across a mind-control scheme to assassinate Queen Elizabeth. Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson, a stuffed beaver, two baseball teams and an odd assortment of others join the wacko goings-on and blow the laugh-o-meter to smithereens.
Buy Annie Hall
In this anthology, Nielsen stars in “Something to Tide You Over” — Richard Vickers (Leslie Nielsen), a coldblooded, wealthy husband, stages a terrible fate for his unfaithful wife, Becky (Gaylen Ross) and her lover, Harry Wentworth (Ted Danson) by burying them up to their necks on the beach, below the high tide line. He sets up closed-circuit TV cameras so the lovers can watch each other die. Richard is in for a surprise of his own when the people he murdered return as waterlogged, seaweed-covered zombies intent on getting revenge of their own.
Lieutenant Drebin discovers that his ex-girlfriend’s new beau is involved in a plot to kidnap a scientist who advocates solar energy
And if you’re looking for the worst… look no further than 2001: A Space Travesty