Farewell then Leslie. You brought pleasure to millions and rest assured that your legacy shall never be forgotten because movies like Airplane! are still as hilarious now as they were decades ago. That can be said about few films and few comic performances. Testimony to that is that the Wayans brothers are still packing them into cinemas with the same schtick thrity years after the original and greatest of the genre was first released.
Leslie Nielsen started, of course, as a straight actor and not only managed the incredibly difficult transition to comedy but then took comic acting to rarefied heights of brilliant silliness. Truly one of the greats and a talent I doubt we’ll see the likes of again. They broke the mould when they cast Nielsen in Airplane! and it remains broken.