He asked to play the heavies for years, as they had the more dramatic and challenging parts, but was finally recognized as the comic genius he had always been. A prankster behind the camera, he always ran with the roles given -- and thankfully they finally went to being a prankster in front of the camera with the timing of comedic sniper.
In part to escape an abusive home, he enlisted in the Canadian Air Force at 17 and trained as an aerial gunner despite being legally deaf. While he never deployed in WWII, he served and apparently gave his best in that role while in it.
Leslie Nielsen has given a lot of entertainment (and good acting) to the world, and a huge amount of much needed laughter. For it all, and especially for the laughter, my thanks. You will be missed.