Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Det. Frank Drebin...I mean Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen had been acting for about 30 years before he appeared in Airplane!, a movie which changed the direction of his career. It was that role which put him on the path to being "the Olivier of Spoofs" as Roger Ebert once said. Nielsen's serious demeanor in the face of absurd surroundings was uncanny and a delight to the audiences.
I met Nielsen at a Hollywood Collectors Show. It was a pleasure meeting the 81 year old Nielsen. There is always something special about meeting someone like Nielsen, who I have watched for most of my life.
Leslie Nielsen and me in Rosemont, IL-Summer 2008.

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