Actor Leslie Nielsen -- known for his roles in 'The Naked Gun' and 'Airplane' -- passed away yesterday afternoon at the age of 84.
Nielsen died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He was surrounded by his wife and friends.
Nielsen has appeared in over 100 movies.
He portrayed a hapless doctor in "Airplane!" and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in "The Naked Gun" comedies.
His first film role for MGM was as space ship commander in the science fiction classic "Forbidden Planet." He found his best dramatic role as the captain of an overturned ocean liner in the 1972 disaster movie, "The Poseidon Adventure."
He 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.
Producers-directors-writers Jim Abrahams, David and Jerry Zucker had hired Robert Stack, Peter Graves, Lloyd Bridges and Nielsen to spoof their heroic TV images in a satire of flight-in-jeopardy movies.
After the movie's success, the filmmaking trio cast their newfound comic star as Detective Drebin in a TV series, "Police Squad," which trashed the cliches of "Dragnet" and other cop shows. Despite good reviews, NBC canceled it after only four episodes.
The Zuckers and Abraham converted the series into a feature film, "The Naked Gun," with George Kennedy, O.J. Simpson and Priscilla Presley as Nielsen's co-stars. Its huge success led to sequels "The Naked Gun 2 1/2" and "The Naked Gun 33 1/3."
His later movies included "All I Want for Christmas," "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and "Spy Hard."
Leslie Nielsen scenes at 1:25, 1:55-3:10, at 3:42-4:30, 5:52- 6:05, 6:14-6:50, 7:14-7:40