Leslie Nielsen made quite an impact on the television and movie industry throughout his career, which spanned 60 years at the time of his death November 28. Stars are now speaking out and remembering the man who made us laugh.
On November 28, Leslie Nielsen passed away from complications while he was being treated for pneumonia in a Florida hospital. He was 84 years old. But even in death, Leslie Nielsen was making us laugh as celebrities quoted his most cherished role and remembered him for who he was.
The stars remember Leslie Nielsen
After news of Leslie Nielsen’s death broke, celebrities lit up Twitter to pay tribute to the man who made the Naked Gun’s Frank Drebin a character for the ages. Many posted Airplane! quotes including Nielsen’s iconic line: “I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.”
No matter how they tweeted Nielsen’s classic movie lines, the respect for this man was evident.
Comedian Russell Brand took a moment to tweet, “RIP. Leslie Nielsen. Shirley, he will be missed.” Slash kept the Airplane! theme going, giving his own condolences, “RIP Leslie Nielsen, one of my all time favorite comedians. U my friend, will be missed big time. Wow, what a loss. (& don’t call me Shirley.)” E! News’ Ryan Seacrest tweeted, “Sad to hear about Leslie Nielsen passing. To this day Airplane is still one of my favorite comedies ever.”
Some of the other stars taking a moment to remember Leslie Nielsen through Twitter were Marlee Matlin, Josh Groban and Brooke Burke. “So sad to hear about Leslie Nielsen passing. Prayers to his loved ones,” Burke tweeted.
No matter who the star, everyone had exposure to Leslie Nielsen whether it was through his acting or through life. RIP Leslie Nielsen.