Oklahoma Friend Of Leslie Nielsen Remembers First Meeting

Tuesday, November 30th 2010, 6:07 pm
By: News 9


OKLAHOMA CITY -- An Oklahoma man remembered his dear friend Leslie Nielsen, who passed away Sunday at the age of 84.

The 1980 hit movie "Airplane" turned Nielsen from dramatic leading man to comic star, but behind the camera, Nielsen was a well-known prankster. That's where 94-year-old Oklahoma golf pro Duffy Martin came in.

The two met years ago during a Pro-Celebrity golf tournament when Martin, who is also a prankster, used a gadget he invented to break the ice.

"We got up to Leslie's ball and I'm driving the cart. He got out of the cart and hit his ball and he started to get in the cart and I went -- [makes flatulent noise]," said Martin. "Finally he got annoyed at me, he wasn't rude or disrespectful. He was like what's going on with this old pro? What's the matter with him? So anyway, I showed him what I had and you talk about that old country laugh and slapping his leg. It was out of sight."

And that's how Nielsen and Duffy became close friends. Through the years, they visited each other and played golf together.

Martin said he'll miss his old friend and calling him a man's man.