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Leslie Nielsen, star of ‘Airplane!’ and ‘Naked Gun,’ dead at 84

Leslie NielsenLeslie Nielsen (1926–2010), whose longtime career as a square-jawed dramatic actor took a sudden turn into comedy with gut-busting spoofs like “Airplane!” and “The Naked Gun,” has died at age 84, his family said Sunday.

Nielsen died of complications of pneumonia in a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, surrounded by family and friends, a family statement said.

Doug Nielsen called his uncle’s death a “great loss.”

“He was extremely funny,” the younger Nielsen said in an interview in Vancouver.

“At all of our family get-togethers, he was always the life of the party and a great-natured guy,” Nielsen said. “He was a very good friend to me.”

Other movies and TV shows Leslie Nielsen starred in the 1980’s: