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'Police Squad' Star Leslie Nielsen Dies at 84

by Bob Sassone, posted Nov 28th 2010 10:48PM
Leslie NielsenSad news: Leslie Nielsen, star of the short-lived but classic TV comedy 'Police Squad!' has died at the age of 84.

Nielsen died of complications from pneumonia at a Fort Lauderdale, FL hospital.

Nielsen had a lot of other TV roles over the years, a career that started on 'Actor's Studio' in 1950 to the Canadian comedy 'Robson Arms' in 2007. In between he guest starred in shows like 'The Golden Girls' (his character ended up marrying Dorothy), 'Due South,' 'Evening Shade,' 'Who's The Boss?' 'Murder, She Wrote,' 'Highway to Heaven,' 'Hotel,' 'Fantasy Island,' 'Vega$,' 'The Love Boat,' 'SWAT,' 'Kojak,' 'Kung Fu,' 'The Rookies,' 'Ironside,' Hawaii Five-0,' 'Night Gallery,' 'M*A*S*H,' 'The Man From U.N.C.L.E.,' 'Gunsmoke,' 'Peyton Place,' and countless other shows.

After 'Police Squad' ended, he continued the role in three big-screen versions of the series, the 'Naked Gun' films. Other movies that Nielsen appeared in included 'Airplane,' 'Tammy and the Bachelor,' 'Forbidden Planet,' 'Mr. Magoo,' 'All I Want For Christmas,' Soul Man,' 'Creepshow,' and 'The Posieden Adventure.' At the time of his death he was working on 'The Waterman Movie.'

It's funny to look back and see Nielsen in serious roles after seeing him in 'Police Squad!' and 'Airplane,' since they were played pretty straight forward and Nielsen always delivered his lines so deadpan.

Scantily-clad dancer: "Is this some kind of bust'?
Lt. Frank Drebin: "Yes ma'am, it's very impressive, but we'd just like to ask you a few questions."

Gangster: "Who are you and how'd you get in here"?
Lt. Frank Drebin: "I'm a locksmith...and I'm a locksmith."

Nielsen is survived by his wife and two daughters from a previous marriage.

(And don't call him Shirley.)

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I might have to have a Police Squad marathon and watch his episodes of Due South to commemorate him. I might even have to break down and get Men With Brooms to see him and Paul Gross work together again.

Huge talent who will be missed.

November 29 2010 at 8:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

All that needs to be said sums it up.
Surely you can't be serious?

November 29 2010 at 1:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Deej

A truly great Canadian. The world just got less funny.

November 28 2010 at 11:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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