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Ed Nelson

1928-12-21 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Edwin Stafford Nelson (born December 21, 1928) is an American actor. Nelson has appeared in numerous television shows, more than fifty motion pictures, and hundreds of stage productions. Until 2005, he was teaching acting and screenwriting in his native New Orleans at two local universities there. Hurricane Katrina prompted him to move his family to Sterlington near Monroe in Ouachita Parish in northeastern Louisiana. Nelson began acting while attending Tulane University in New Orleans. He left college after two years to study at the New York School of Radio and Television Technique. After graduating, he took a position as a director at WDSU-TV in New Orleans. By 1956, acting became his central focus and he moved to the Los Angeles area. Early in his career he worked with famed B-movie producer Roger Corman on such Corman films as Cry Baby Killers, A Bucket of Blood, Teenage Cave Man and Attack of the Crab Monsters. In 1958 he participated in Bruno VeSota's science fiction horror film The Brain Eaters. His early television career featured many guest starring roles in such series as The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, Harbor Command, Tombstone Territory, Tightrope, The Blue Angels (as arrogant flight instructor Lieutenant Dayl Martin), Laramie, COronado 9, The Eleventh Hour, Bonanza, Thriller (US TV series), and Channing, an ABC drama about college life. In 1964 he won his most famous role portraying Dr. Michael Rossi on the ABC drama Peyton Place, which ran from 1964 to 1969. Nelson's fellow cast members included Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, and Dorothy Malone. Dr. Rossi proved to be so popular that by 1968, he became the lead actor on the show. Nelson reprised his role in two made-for-TV movies, Murder in Peyton Place and Peyton Place: The Next Generation. After Peyton Place ended, Nelson worked in many more productions of all varieties, including starring role in many movies of the week, a second TV series, "The Silent Force," and a popular morning talk show which he hosted for three years. Soon after, Nelson struck gold with his critically acclaimed portrayal of elusive pit crew chief Robert Denby in the hit film Riding with Death (1976), earning him several prestigious accolades and legions of devoted fans. He portrayed a dangerous impostor in the adventure movie For the Love of Benji (1977). During the 1980s, Nelson took on the role of Senator Mark Denning in the daytime soap Capitol. Nelson also spent a couple of years as Harry Truman onstage replacing James Whitmore for the National Tour of "Give 'Em Hell, Harry." While living in Los Angeles, Nelson was an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and was elected to the union board for many years. Nelson is a long-standing member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and continues a long tradition of participation in voting for the Academy Awards. In 1999, Nelson returned to Tulane University to finish credits toward his undergraduate degree, which he completed the following year at the age of seventy-one. Nelson continues to act as the opportunity arises. He and his wife of fifty-eight years, Patsy, enjoy semi-retirement visiting his six children and fourteen grandchildren. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ed Nelson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.


Runaway Jury George Dressler 2003-01-16
我是誰 General Sharman 1998-01-17
Cries of Silence Dr. August Claiborne 1996-05-01
The Boneyard Jersey Callum 1991-06-12
Deadly Weapon General Stone 1989-08-15
Sworn to Silence Victor Handler 1987-04-06
Police Academy 3: Back in Training Governor Neilson 1986-03-20
Peyton Place: The Next Generation Dr. Michael Rossi 1985-05-13
Help Wanted: Male George Dobbs 1982-01-16
The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything Joseph Locordolos 1980-06-13
The Return of Frank Cannon Mike Danvers 1980-11-01
Anatomy of a Seduction Mark Kane 1979-05-08
Doctors' Private Lives Dr. Mike Wise 1978-03-20
The Crash of Flight 401 Philip Mulwray 1978-10-28
Superdome George Beldridge 1978-01-09
Leave Yesterday Behind Mr. Clarkson 1978-01-11
For the Love of Benji Chandler Dietrich 1977-06-10
Murder in Peyton Place Dr. Michael Rossi 1977-10-03
Acapulco Gold Ray Hollister 1976-06-01
Riding with Death 1976-01-01
Midway Admiral Harry Pearson 1976-06-18
That's the Way of the World Carlton James 1975-06-01
The Missing Are Deadly 1975-01-08
Police Headquarters Lt. Calvin Zenger 1974-05-13
Airport 1975 Major Alexander 1974-10-18
Time to Run Warren Cole 1973-01-24
Runaway! Nick Staffo 1973-09-29
Linda Paul Reston 1973-11-03
The Screaming Woman Carl Nesbitt 1972-01-29
A Little Game Paul Hamilton 1971-10-31
Along Came a Spider Dr. Martin Becker 1970-02-03
Soldier in the Rain James Priest 1963-11-27
The Man from Galveston Cole Marteen 1963-12-18
Devil's Partner Nick Richards / Pete Jensen 1961-09-19
Judgment at Nuremberg Captain at Nightclub Announcing Call-up of Officers (uncredited) 1961-12-18
Valley of the Redwoods Dino Michaelis 1960-05-08
The Young Captives Norm Britt 1959-02-01
A Bucket of Blood Art Lacroix 1959-10-21
T-Bird Gang Alex Hendricks 1959-10-16
Night of the Blood Beast Dave Randall 1958-08-01
The Cry Baby Killer Rick Connor 1958-08-15
The Brain Eaters Dr. Paul Kettering 1958-09-01
Teenage Caveman Blonde Tribe Member 1958-07-01
She Gods of Shark Reef Guard (uncredited) 1958-08-01
Invasion of the Saucer-Men Tom 1957-06-01
Bayou Etienne (as Edwin Nelson) 1957-06-01
Rock All Night Pete 1957-04-01
Attack of the Crab Monsters Ensign Quinlan 1957-02-10
Carnival Rock Cannon 1957-09-01
Teenage Doll Police Officer 'Dutch' / Blind Man 1957-09-19
Swamp Women Police Sergeant 1956-04-01
New Orleans Uncensored Charlie 1955-03-01