Sometimes in life it’s necessary to steer yourself in a different direction; the results can be more rewarding than you can imagine. That was the unofficial motto of one of my idols. He left this world surrounded by his wife and closest friends, who no doubt smiled through their tears when they remembered all the laughter he inspired.
At his own expense, no doubt.
Most of his humor came from stumbling through situations, completely oblivious to the confused looks of the characters around him. Unlike us, they were unaware of the genius in their midst.
Rising from an abusive childhood, he became a strong powerful man who Hollywood cast as the serious, dramatic hero.
Comedy was his destiny, though. He could portray a “terrible” cop (the iconic Lt. Frank Drebin) or a “terrible” Prince of Darkness (forget Edward, Nielsen’s Dracula was the best).
The media, especially his critics, will soon be out in full force, dissecting his transition from drama to comedy. It always seems that the media praises older actors after they’re gone, while largely ignoring their value in life.
The fans, however, never forgot Mr. Leslie Nielsen.
And we never will.