- - Sunday, November 28, 2010

FLORIDA

Parody actor Leslie Nielsen dies

FORT LAUDERDALE — Leslie Nielsen, who went from drama to inspired bumbling as a hapless doctor in “Airplane!” and the accident-prone detective Frank Drebin in “The Naked Gun” comedies, has died. He was 84.

“With his friends and his wife by his side, he just fell asleep and passed away,” nephew Doug Nielsen told a Canadian radio station. Mr. Nielsen died from pneumonia complications at a hospital near his Fort Lauderdale home.


The Canadian-born Mr. Nielsen came to Hollywood in the mid-1950s after performing in 150 live TV dramas in New York. With a craggily handsome face, blond hair and 6-foot-2 height, he seemed ideal for a movie leading man.

He quickly became known as a serious actor, although behind the camera he was a prankster. That was an aspect of his personality never exploited, however, until “Airplane!” was released in 1980 and became a huge hit.

MICHIGAN

Search continues for missing boys

MORENCI — Three boys who disappeared the same day their father tried to hang himself were feared to be in “extreme danger,” and the father hasn’t been ruled out as a suspect in their disappearance, Michigan police said.

The father, 39-year-old John Skelton, was being treated at a hospital in Ohio for “mental health issues” after he attempted suicide Friday, Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said.

The boys, 9-year-old Andrew, 7-year-old Alexander and 5-year-old Tanner, were last seen Thursday, Chief Weeks said Sunday. Their mother, Tanya Skelton, reported them missing Friday.

Authorities also were searching Sunday for an acquaintance, Joann Taylor. Mr. Skelton said he had given the boys to Ms. Taylor before the suicide attempt. However, officials haven’t been able to confirm Ms. Taylor’s existence, Chief Weeks said.

The search for the missing boys extended to an Ohio state park just south of the Michigan state line, said a dispatcher with the sheriff’s office in Fulton County, Ohio.

NEW YORK

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