Leslie Nielsen Of 'Naked Gun' Fame Dies At Age 84

Leslie Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in "Airplane!" and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in "The Naked Gun" comedies, has died.

He was 84.

His agent John S. Kelly says Nielsen died Sunday at a hospital near his home in Ft. Lauderdale where he was being treated for pneumonia.

The Canadian-born Nielsen came to Hollywood in the mid-1950s after performing in 150 live television dramas in New York.

With a craggily handsome face, blond hair and 6-foot-2 height, he seemed ideal for a movie leading man.

He quickly became known as a serious actor, although behind the camera he was a prankster.

That was an aspect of his personality never exploited, however, until "Airplane!" was released in 1980 and became a huge hit.

You must be logged in to post comments.

Password (case sensitive):
Remember Me:

Read Comments

Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
  • by Not Working on Nov 29, 2010 at 04:18 PM
    To Working@2:22PM.I am Serious now stop calling me Shirley.
  • by I'll Always Remember Him on Nov 29, 2010 at 01:21 PM
    "Now, it is true that one of the crew members is ill... slightly ill. But the other two pilots... they're just fine. They're at the controls flying the plane... free to pursue a life of religious fulfillment."
  • by Allen Location: Washington on Nov 29, 2010 at 11:54 AM
    Mr. Nielsen was a brilliant actor and will be missed.
  • by Working Location: Greenville on Nov 29, 2010 at 11:22 AM
    Surely you can't be serious.
  • by Superdave Location: Greenville on Nov 29, 2010 at 10:08 AM
    To my fellow Canadian you will be missed. You are a true natural comic. I was proud to say that you came from Canada. The Angels are laughing as we speak. God Bless you Leslie!!!!!
  • by David Location: Washington on Nov 29, 2010 at 08:56 AM
    Gotta love it. The straighter he played the scene, the funnier it was. He'll be missed.
  • by Betty on Nov 29, 2010 at 08:49 AM
    I loved him in the Tammy Movie he did years ago, so handsome.
  • by W on Nov 29, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    Thanks for all the laughs over the years. We'll miss you Leslie.

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Copyright © 2002-2016 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 110955964 - witn.com/a?a=110955964
Gray Television, Inc.