9 Leslie Nielsen (1926-2010)
He started as a romantic, dramatic actor, but Nielsen soon realized what suited him best was comedy. Airplane! and The Naked Gun series are real proof of that. Besides movies, he played in an educational TV show for Discovery Channel, and also produced instructional golf videos as he was a passionate golf player. But humor never left his side even in his death: Nielsen chose “Let ‘er rip” as his epitaph referring to his favorite joke.