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'Don't call me Shirley': Remember the late Leslie Nielsen with these classic clips

The world lost a comedy giant today with the passing of Leslie Nielsen, who died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 84. As my colleague Dan Snierson has pointed out, Nielsen had a long “straight” career and starred in a bona fide science fiction classic, 1956’s Forbidden Planet. But most of us will remember him for the brand of stony-faced lunacy he brought to such films as 1980’s Airplane! and the three Naked Gun movies (as well as the short-lived Police Squad! TV series which birthed the latter).

After the jump, you’ll find some of Nielsen’s funniest onscreen moments. Be warned, the collection contains nudity, a joke about a beaver, and another about dog poop. But I suspect the great man wouldn’t have wanted it any other way.

And please do feel free to share your own personal favorite Nielsen moment.

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Leslie Nielsen, ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun’ star, dies at 84

Originally posted November 28 2010 — 10:46 PM EST


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