Sunday, November 28, 2010

Leslie Nielsen - Actor, "Forbidden Planet", "Poseidon Adventure", "Airplane", "The Naked Gun" 1926-2010

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.

1 comment:

Sings-With-Spirits said...

The world seems a little less funny today. He will be sorely missed.

I just want to tell you both good luck. We're all counting on you.