Mr. Nielsen, 84, died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his lovely wife and dear friends at 5:34pm EST today.
Leslie Nielsen was born on February 11, 1926 in the Regina province of Saskatchewan, Canada. Before making his mark in comedy, he appeared in dramatic movies such as Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure. In 1980, he starred in the hit spoof comedy Airplane! and in 1982, he took on his famed role of Lt. Frank Drebin for the first time in the short-lived TV series Police Squad!. While the show only lasted for six episodes, the formula was set in motion for the 1988 spoof comedy The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad, where Leslie Nielsen returned as Drebin. The movie spawned the sequels The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear in 1991 and Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult in 1994.Read More