Leslie Nielsen of 'Naked Gun' Fame Dies at 84
NOV 29, 2010 - Actor Leslie Nielsen, best known for his roles in Airplane! and The Naked Gun, has died of complications due to pneumonia at age 84 in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale.
The Canadian-born actor started his career in serious roles, but it was the 1980 spoof Airplane! that propelled his career as a deadpan comedy star. After the movie's success, Nielsen was cast as Detective Frank Drebin in a TV series, Police Squad, which lampooned the cliches of Dragnet and other cop shows. Despite good reviews, ABC cancelled it after six episodes.
The producers, David and Jerry Zucker, and Jim Abraham then converted the series into the hit movie The Naked Gun, with George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson and Priscilla Presley as Nielsen's co-stars. Its success led to sequels The Naked Gun 2 1/2 and The Naked Gun 33 1/3.
His later movies included All I Want for Christmas, Dracula: Dead and Loving It and Spy Hard.
May he rest in peace.