November 29th, 2010
10:30 AM ET
After appearing in dramatic roles for years in movies like “Forbidden Planet” and the TV series “The Swamp Fox,” Nielsen had what actor Michael McKean called “one of the greatest second acts in movie history,” after stealing several scenes in the comedy blockbuster, “Airplane!”
He went on to appear in many comedy spoofs afterward, most memorably as Lt. Frank Drebin in “The Naked Gun” trilogy.
CNN.com commenters and Twitter users are already sharing some of their favorite lines from Nielsen’s career, especially “Don’t call me Shirley,” which was ranked in the top 100 movie lines of all time in 2005 by the American Film Institute.
Other commenters, like Badger905 and LYORBEN, fondly recall lines from Nielsen's films “Forbidden Planet” and “The Naked Gun.”
What was your favorite Nielsen line? Share it below, and if you had the chance to meet him, share your memories with the iReport community.
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