Police Squad!

1982, TV Show

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Leslie Nielsen of Airplane! and Naked Gun Fame Dies at 84

Leslie Nielsen

Leslie Nielsen, whose career went from officious and villainous types to the hilariously buffoony roles in Airplane! and the Naked Gun movies, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, his agent told TVGuide.com. He was 84.

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He was surrounded by family when he died in a hospital near his Fort Lauderdale, Fla., home.

The actor had a whole career before becoming one of the funniest guys in movies. He typically played people who were quite humorless.

Before his starring roles in The Poseidon Adventure and Forbidden Planet, he appeared in several live television series such as Lights Out, Tales of Tomorrow and Armstrong Circle Theatre.

A student of the Actors Studio, the Canadian-born Nielsen went on to appear in innumerable episodes of various TV series, spanning the Golden Age of Television and its anthologies including... read more

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Premiered: March 01, 1982, on ABC
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Premise: A nutty satire of police dramas from the creators of the `Airplane!' films, with a nonstop barrage of sight gags, puns and silly jokes. The series didn't duplicate the success of those movies, but it did lead to the `Naked Gun' features, with Leslie Nielsen still playing the deadpan Frank Drebin and surely becoming a cult favorite. And don't call him Shirley.

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