The world got a little less funny today as the world mourned the loss off master movie spoofer Leslie Nielson. If you grew up the cult classic Airplane!, which I’m betting most of us did, then you must have a favorite Leslie Neilson quote.
After news of his death surfaced, Fabebook was flooded with loyal fans quoting the erstwhile funnyman. So, in honor of the man who made Airplane! fly and OJ Simpson a movie star, take a gander at the Top Ten Leslie Nielson Quotes… after the jump.
1. From ‘Airplane!’ (1980)
Dr. Alan Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.
Rumack: I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.
2. From ‘The Naked Gun: From the files of Police Squad’ (1988)
[Jane Spencer climbs a ladder]
Lt. Frank Drebin: Nice beaver!
Jane: [producing a stuffed beaver] Thank you. I just had it stuffed.
3. From ‘Police Squad’
Dutch Gunderson: Who are you and how did you get in here?
Drebin: I’m a locksmith. And, I’m a locksmith.
4. From ‘Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear’ (1991)
Rumack: You’d better tell the Captain we’ve got to land as soon as we can. This woman has to be gotten to a hospital.
Elaine Dickinson: A hospital? What is it?
Rumack: It’s a big building with patients, but that’s not important right now.
5. From ‘The Naked Gun’
Drebin: That’s the red-light district. I wonder why Savage is hanging around down there.
Ed: Sex, Frank?
Drebin: Uh, no, not right now, Ed.
6. From ‘Police Squad’
Drebin: It’s the same old story. Boy finds girl, boy loses girl, girl finds boy, boy forgets girl, boy remembers girl, girl dies in a tragic blimp accident over the Orange Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Drebin: No, the worst.
7. From ‘The Smell of Fear’
Drebin: Now, Jane, what can you tell us about the man you saw last night?
Jane: He’s Caucasian.
Jane: Yeah, you know, a white guy. A moustache. About six-foot-three.
Drebin: Awfully big moustache.
8. From ‘Airplane!’
Rumack: Captain, how soon can you land?
Captain Oveur: I can’t tell.
Rumack: You can tell me. I’m a doctor.
Captain Oveur: No. I mean I’m just not sure.
Rumack: Well, can’t you take a guess?
Captain Oveur: Well, not for another two hours.
Rumack: You can’t take a guess for another two hours?
9. From ‘The Smell of Fear’
President Bush: Frank, please consider filling a post I’m creating. It may mean long hours and dangerous nights, surrounded by some of the scummiest elements in our society.
Drebin: You want me to be in your cabinet?
10. From ‘Airplane!’
Rumack: What was it we had for dinner tonight?
Elaine Dickinson: Well, we had a choice: steak or fish.
Rumack: Yes, yes, I remember, I had lasagna.
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