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Leslie Nielsen of 'Naked Gun' fame dies at age 84

By: AP
By: AP

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) --

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, Nov. 28 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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