“Naked Gun” Actor Leslie Nielsen Dead at 84

The_Naked_Gun_PosterCanadian actor Leslie Nielsen, whose deadpan delivery of funny lines earned him success as a comedian, has passed away at the age of 84, his family said in a statement.

Nielsen, who is fondly remembered for his role as Lt. Frank Drebin in three “The Naked Gun” films, died on Sunday in a Florida hospital due to complications from pneumonia, the statement read. Nielsen, who started his career as a dramatic television actor in the 1950s, had been in the hospital since the start of November. His family and friends was with him when he passed away Sunday afternoon.

Nielsen started as an actor in various live drama series of the 50s such as “Goodyear Playhouse.” He also appeared in the science fiction “Forbidden Planet.” His status as a comedian took off when he starred in the disaster-movie parody “Airplane” in 1980. The success of “Airplane” led to a sitcom gig as Lt. Drebin in “Police Squad.” He went on to star in numerous parody films including “Dracula: Dead and Loving It” and “2001: A Space Travesty,” among others.