Sunday, 28 November 2010 22:25

That comic actor Leslie Nielsen famous for his deadpan lines in "Airplane!" and "Naked Gun," died Sunday in Florida.

Officials said he died from complications from pneumonia. Nielsen was 84.

ABC reported the handsome Canadian spent more than 60 years doing serious roles in movies and on television, but he is probably best known as the bumbling cop Lt. Frank Drebin in the "Naked Gun" spoofs.

People magazine reported that

Nielsen died in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and was in the company of his “lovely wife and friends.”

According to People, Nielsen had been hospitalized for approximately two weeks because of his failing health. 

And from Entertainment Weekly:

"The master of parody boasted a talent for delivering the most ridiculous lines in the straightest way possible, cloaking outright absurdity in straight-faced obliviousness. Ironically enough, the foundation of that earnest gravitas was built early in his career as a dramatic actor: After serving in the Royal Canadian Air Force and studying at New York City’s famed Actors Studio, the Saskatchewan-born Nielsen popped up on early ’50s TV.

"He received his first big film break playing sturdy Commander J.J. Adams in the 1956 sci-fi flick Forbidden Planet. Over the next few decades, he established himself as a reliable, handsome, rich-voiced character actor who graced myriad TV dramas (Peyton Place, Dr. Kildare) and movies (The Poseidon Adventure)."