Leslie Nielsen is Dead at 84

Veteran actor and funnyman Leslie Nielsen is dead at 84. After a 60-year career in show business, he is probably best known for play the goofy Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series as well as his roles in the Airplane! and Police Squad series.

Leslie Nielsen

Sad news coming out of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida tonight. Actor Leslie Nielsen has died from complications from pneumonia. He died at 5:34 p.m. (ET) in a hospital near his home with his wife and family by his side. He was 84-years-old.

His family issued a statement:

We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in The Naked Gun series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60 year career in motion pictures and television.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Leslie Nielsen’s family and friends.

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  • Aw, man… he was also in Forbidden Planet, which was groundbreaking for its time. It’s a darn shame…

  • Paul Hooson

    Oh, I’m so sad about this, Liz. I loved this guy. He went from playing a “heavy” in older shows to becoming a beloved bumbling funny guy. A great comic. Such a great guy.——Paul Hooson