"Actor Leslie Nielsen passed away today at a Ft. Lauderdale, Florida hospital, according to his agent John S. Kelly. He died of complications from pneumonia at the age of 84.
Born on February 11, 1926, Nielsen is most known for his roles in comedies such as Airplane! and The Naked Gun films.
His agent sent out the following statement:
'We are saddened by the passing of beloved actor Leslie Nielsen, probably best remembered as Lt. Frank Drebin in series of pictures, but who enjoyed a more than 60 year career in motion pictures and television.
Mr. Nielsen, 84, died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by his lovely wife and dear friends at 5:34pm EST today.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in his name to the charity of your choice.'
Nielsen appeared in over 100 films, including Forbidden Planet and The Poseidon Adventure, as well as over 1,500 TV programs during his career."
I mostly remember him in films like The Reluctant Astronaut (him playing a straight man role in a comedy), Scary Movie 3, Scary Movie 4, Superhero Movie and my favorite, Mr. Magoo.
RIP Mr. Nielsen, you will be missed. Yes, we are serious. And don't call me Shirley.