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DETECTIVE LT. FRANK DREBIN IS BACK IN ACTION; 'THE NAKED GUN III: THE FINAL INSULT' BEGINS PRODUCTION IN AUGUST

 HOLLYWOOD, July 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Leslie Nielsen, Priscilla Presley, O.J. Simpson and George Kennedy are back together again in "The Naked Gun III: The Final Insult," set to begin principal photography in August for the Motion Picture Group of Paramount Pictures. Robert K. Weiss and David Zucker are producers of the film directed by Peter Segal from the original screenplay written by Pat Proft. Jerry Zucker, Jim Abrahams and Gil Netter are the executive producers. Making the announcement was John Goldwyn, president of the Motion Picture Group/Production.
 Nielsen reprises his role as Lt. Frank Drebin, America's favorite purveyor of truth, justice and pratfalls. Presley co-stars as Jane Spencer, Drebin's greatest love and newlywed wife. Simpson returns as Detective Nordberg and George Kennedy again plays Drebin's loyal friend and superior, Capt. Ed Hocken. In the long-awaited continuation of the hilarious "Naked Gun" saga, Drebin faces criminal forces that once again drive him undercover.
 Nielsen created the role of Lt. Frank Drebin on the acclaimed series "Police Squad!," earning an Emmy nomination for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. He later reprised the character in the hit films "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" and "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear." With more than 60 feature film credits, Nielsen has starred in such films as "Repossessed," "Nuts," "Soul Man," "Creepshow," "The Poseidon Adventure," and "Forbidden Planet." He recently completed the upcoming "Blade in Hong Kong" and "Surf Ninjas." Nielsen became a published author with the 1993 release of "The Naked Truth" (written with David Fisher), a spoof of celebrity autobiographies in which he details his life as an actor as told through Frank Drebin.
 Presley made her motion picture debut in "The Naked Gun," which she followed with "The Naked Gun 2 1/2" and "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane." On television, she starred for five years on the series "Dallas." Presley was also co-producer of the acclaimed television series "Elvis" and produced the mini-series "Elvis and Me," based on her best-selling novel. In 1991, Presley launched her signature fragrance, "Moments." She recently added "Experiences" to the popular perfume line.
 The films of Simpson include both "Naked Gun" films, "Capricorn One," "The Klansman," and "The Towering Inferno." His television appearances include "Goldie and the Boxer," "Detour to Terror," "Roots," and the series "1st and Ten." A former Heisman Trophy winner, Simpson was a star player for the Buffalo Bills and San Francisco 49ers, eventually venturing off the field to become a sportscaster for NBC.
 Kennedy won an Academy Award for "Cool Hand Luke." His other films include the "Naked Gun" films, all four of the "Airport" films, "The Eiger Sanction," "Earthquake," and "The Dirty Dozen." On television he starred in the series "Sarge" and "The Blue Knight."
 Segal is making his feature directorial debut with "The Naked Gun III." Segal was producer and a director of the ABC series "The Jackie Thomas Show" and produced the pilot for the upcoming CBS series "Family Album." He also produced, directed and wrote several HBO comedy specials, including comedian Tom Arnold's ACE Award-winning "The Naked Truth."
 Producer Robert K. Weiss produced the first two "Naked Gun" films as well as the "Police Squad" television series. In addition, Weiss produced "Dragnet," "The Blues Brothers" and "Kentucky Fried Movie." Weiss made his feature film directorial debut with multiple segments of the comedy anthology movie "Amazon Women on the Moon." He also co- directed the cable television special "The Compleat Al" and music videos for Weird Al Yankovic. He is president of St. Clare Entertainment, a television production company in association with John Landis and Universal Television.
 Producer David Zucker was director and co-writer of "The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!" and "The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear." Together with brother Zucker and Abrahams, he wrote and directed Paramount's "Airplane!" and "Top Secret!"; directed "Ruthless People"; created the series "Police Squad!"; and wrote the screenplay of the independent hit comedy "Kentucky Fried Movie." He is currently writing and directing "Davy Crockett" for Columbia Pictures.
 Executive producer Jerry Zucker made his solo directorial debut with the blockbuster hit "Ghost." He served as executive producer of "The Naked Gun 2 1/2." Well-known for his comedic filmaking with brother David Zucker and Jim Abrahams, the threesome first collaborated on Paramount's hit "Airplane!" As a team they also wrote the original "Naked Gun," directed "Ruthless People," created the series "Police Squad!," and wrote the screenplay for the independent comedy "Kentucky Fried Movie." Zucker is currently producing "My Life" for Columbia.
 Executive producer Jim Abrahams recently directed and co-wrote with Pat Proft "Hot Shots! Part Deux." His other directing credits are "Hot Shots!," which he also co-wrote with Proft, "Big Business" and "Welcome Home, Roxy Carmichael." He also shares writing and directing credits with the Zucker brothers on "Airplane!" and "Top Secret!"; together they directed "Ruthless People"; wrote "Kentucky Fried Movie"; created the ABC series "Police Squad!"; and he co-wrote with the Zuckers and Proft the original "Naked Gun" film.
 Executive producer Gil Netter served as executive producer on "The Naked Gun 2 1/2" with Jerry Zucker and Abrahams and is currently executive producer of "My Life" for Columbia. He has been president of Zucker Brothers Productions for five years. Netter began his career as a talent/literary agent for the Agency for the Performing Arts, later becoming vice president of Chuck Fries Productions and vice president of Imagine Entertainment before joining the Zucker Brothers.
 Screenwriter Pat Proft was executive producer and co-writer of the recent "Hot Shots! Part Deux" and "Hot Shots,"; co-wrote the first two "Naked Gun" films served as story editor and wrote several episodes of the "Police Squad!" series; and was co-writer of six other produced films, including "Police Academy" and "Bachelor Party." He has written several Steve Martin television specials, including "All Commercials," sharing a Writers Guild of America Award and an Emmy nomination. Originally a stand-up comic, Proft was a member of Kentucky Fried Theatre.
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