Leslie Nielsen of ‘Naked Gun’ fame dies at age 84 (1926 2010)

Leslie Nielsen is one of my all time favorite actors. His timing, delivery and overall general comedy genius is unparalleled. This is truly a sad loss for us all. We’ve lost yet another funny man today, and while he lived a very long life, it’s always sad to see a hero go.


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. 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.

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