The great Leslie Neilsen has passed. No comedy here – just deep respect for a great Canadian. The photo is from the Canadian classic, Men with Brooms.
“I had never seen comedy like that before and, since Saskatchewan wasn’t exactly a comedy hotbed, discovering that he was Canadian made me think that maybe I could do it as well,” says Butt, who performed with Nielsen in 2005 at the Saskatchewan Centennial Celebration in front of Queen Elizabeth and 13,000 fans. “He was a pro through and through and as funny as he was, what I think I’ll really miss most about him was just that he was a super nice guy.”
The Canada native, who seemed perfectly cast as a handsome leading man when he came to Hollywood in the 1950s, had career-changing roles in the ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun’ comedies.