His best known TV character went on to movie super-stardom - Lt. Frank Drebin of 'Police Squad' and the "Naked Gun" franchise.
But before his appearance in "Airplane!", Nielsen was primarily known for his stolid supporting roles in many TV shows as lawyers, detectives, businessmen - some of them decent men, others were villains.
One of his regular TV roles was as Deputy Police Chief Sam Danforth in 'The Protectors', one of the series that alternated under the umbrella title of 'The Bold Ones'. Danforth shows a few touches of comedy in this scene from 'The Protectors', but he is nowhere close in comparison to Frank Drebin......