Leslie Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in Airplane! and accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun comedies, has died aged 84.
His agent John Kelly said Nielsen died on Sunday at a hospital near his home in Fort. Lauderdale, Florida, where he was being treated for pneumonia.
Canadian-born Nielsen came to Hollywood in the mid-1950s after performing in 150 live television dramas in New York.
Some Nielsen highlights in this clip