'Naked Gun' Actor Leslie Nielsen Died After Hospitalized for Two Weeks


Leslie Nielsen


The 84-year-old Emmy-nominated comedian passed away due to complications of pneumonia when treated at a hospital near his house.

Leslie Nielsen, the funnyman who is well known for his somber demeanor and stone-serious face in comedies "Airplane!" and "The Naked Gun", has just passed away. The 84-year-old actor died on Sunday, November 28 at a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

"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," his agent John. S. Kelly said in a statement.

The comedian had been hospitalized for nearly two weeks as a result of pneumonia. He died due to complications of the pneumonia, being surrounded by his wife, family and close friends. "Just in this last 48 hours, the infection has gotten too much," his nephew Doug Nielsen shared. "He just fell asleep and passed away."

Leslie Nielsen once joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and was trained as an aerial gunner during World War II, but was never sent overseas. He worked as a disc jokey after the war and switched career to acting later on. He got his big break when playing sturdy Commander J.J. Adams in the 1956 sci-fi flick "Forbidden Planet".

His career took a comical turn when he was cast as Dr. Rumack in the 1980 big-screen parody film "Airplane!". One of his famous deadpan lines is "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley", a response he gave to an airline passenger who said, "Surely you can't be serious!" He got an Emmy nomination for his role as Lt. Frank Drebin in the cop-show spoof sitcom "Police Squad!"

Nielsen is survived by his fourth wife, Barbaree Lee Neilsen, and two daughters, Maura Nielsen Kaplan and Thea Nielsen Disney. He appeared alongside his two daughters in the comedies, "Dracula: Dead and Loving It" and "Wrongfully Accused".

© AceShowbiz.com


MORE FROM NEWS

Leave a Comment

Required fields are marked with *

   

TODAY'S HEADLINES

  1. Brian Henson Weighs In on Kermit the Frog Actor's Dismissal
  2. Emily Ratajkowski Goes Naked for Allure
  3. This Transgender Performer Suggests She Had an Affair With Kanye West
  4. Kim Kardashian Is 'Furious' After Video of Her Partying Hard Exposed
  5. NSFW! Emily Ratajkowski Poses Completely Nude for LOVE Magazine
  6. 'Avengers: Infinity War' Leaked Photo Reveals Spider-Man and Doctor Strange's Scene
  7. Pamela Anderson Goes Commando for Sizzling Photoshoot in St. Tropez
  8. Birthday Girl Julianne Hough Ditches Bikini Top During Romantic Honeymoon
  9. Beyonce and Jay-Z Hire 18 New Staff for Twin Kids
  10. Is Ben Affleck Done Playing Batman? WB Reportedly Plans His Exit

CELEBS PHOTO