No spoof was ever complete without the deceptively straight-faced funnyman Leslie Nielsen, who sadly passed away yesterday at the age of 84.

Starting out as a dramatic actor and turned down for the lead in The Shining (surely we can’t be serious), Nielsen instead found work in legendary comedies Airplane!, The Naked Gun and more recently showing them kids how it’s done in the Scary Movie franchise. Whether it was a hapless doctor, a hapless spy or a hapless cop, Nielsen mastered a face of complete obliviousness while all around him fell to pieces.

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