A comedy icon passes.
Leslie Nielsen, who dazzled with deadpan in The Naked Gun and Airplane!, passed away on Sunday at a hospital near his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he was being treated for pneumonia, according to the New York Times ...
If you're a television viewer of certain age, you first became aware of Leslie Nielsen in the 1950s, when he was a handsome dramatic actor doing feature films like Forbidden Planet and Disney mini-series like The Swamp Fox.
It was only after his hair turned white that he carved a career U-turn and took up comedy. (Mr. Magoo, anyone?) As Mr. Nielsen explained to the New York Times:
“It’s been dawning on me slowly that for the past 35 years I have been cast against type ... and I’m finally getting to do what I really wanted to do.”