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Monday, November 29, 2010

[OBITUARY] Leslie Nielsen & Irvin Kershner

It's a sad day when one person beloved by the fandom passes on, it's downright heartbreaking when two happen on the same day...

Leslie Nielsen has died at the age of 84 from complications arising from pneumonia. Best known for his starring role of Lt. Frank Drebin from the "Police Squad" / "Naked Gun" franchise, as well as the "Airplane!" movies, Neislen was also the lead actor in the cult science fiction movie "Forbidden Planet". In memory of Neislen, I have tracked down the first episode of Police Squad for everyone to enjoy:

Reeling from one death, we then found out that director Irvin Kershner has died at age of 87. Apart from directing the Sean Connery Bond return "Never Say Never Again" and "Robocop 2" Kershner was most famous for directing "The Empire Strikes Back" from the Star Wars movie franchise. The second filmed movie, many believe "Empire" to be the strongest and most beloved of the Star Wars movies, and many point towards Kershner's direction as one of the main reasons for this.

On behalf of everyone on the Nerdsphere, I offer my respects and condolences to the friends and families of Leslie Nielsen & Irvin Kershner at this time.


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