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Ed Nelson

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.


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Born:
Dec 21, 1928 In New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
110
First Appeared:
In the movie New Orleans Uncensored 1955-03-01
Latest Project:
Series Peyton Place: The Next Generation 2018
Known For
Poster of Doctors' Private Lives
Poster of Charlie's Angels
Poster of The Twilight Zone
Poster of Bayou
Filmography

Peyton Place: The Next Generation (2018)

Series
as Unknown

Who Am I? (1998)

Adventure Action Comedy Thriller
Movie
as General Sharman
6.5 137 votes

Cries of Silence (1996)

Drama
Movie
as Dr. August Claiborne

The Boneyard (1991)

Horror
Movie
as Jersey Callum
6.8 5 votes

Deadly Weapon (1989)

Science Fiction
Movie
as General Stone

Sworn to Silence (1987)

Movie
as Victor Handler
6 1 votes

J.J. Starbuck (1987)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Jake and the Fatman (1987)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
4.8 6 votes

MacGyver (1985)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
7.3 121 votes

Murder, She Wrote (1984)

Mystery Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.1 34 votes

Hotel (1983)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.8 4 votes

Capitol (1982)

War & Politics Soap
Series

Cagney and Lacey (1982)

Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.8 10 votes

Matt Houston (1982)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.8 4 votes

Hagen (1980)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything (1980)

Science Fiction Comedy
Movie
as Joseph Locordolos
5 1 votes

The Return of Frank Cannon (1980)

Action Crime Thriller
Movie
as Mike Danvers
6 2 votes

Anatomy of a Seduction (1979)

Drama Romance
Movie
as Mark Kane
5 1 votes

Doctors' Private Lives (1979)

Series

Trapper John, M.D. (1979)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 5 votes

Superdome (1978)

Crime Drama
Movie
as George Beldridge

Leave Yesterday Behind (1978)

Drama
Movie
6 1 votes

Doctors' Private Lives (1978)

TV Movie Drama
Movie
as Dr. Mike Wise

The Crash of Flight 401 (1978)

Drama
Movie
as Philip Mulwray

Vega$ (1978)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.5 3 votes

Logan's Run (1977)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
8.3 4 votes

CHiPs (1977)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6 24 votes

Lou Grant (1977)

Comedy Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.5 8 votes

Murder in Peyton Place (1977)

Drama TV Movie
Movie
as Dr. Michael Rossi
5 1 votes

Charlie's Angels (1976)

Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5.5 31 votes

Riding with Death (1976)

Science Fiction TV Movie Action Thriller
Movie
2.4 5 votes

The Bionic Woman (1976)

Sci-Fi & Fantasy Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 18 votes

Gemini Man (1976)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.3 3 votes

Gibbsville (1976)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Acapulco Gold (1976)

Adventure
Movie
as Ray Hollister

Quincy, M.E. (1976)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 25 votes

Midway (1976)

Action Drama History War
Movie
as Admiral Harry Pearson
6.3 61 votes

Police Woman (1974)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
5.6 5 votes

Airport 1975 (1974)

Action Adventure Drama Thriller
Movie
as Major John Alexander
5.7 62 votes

Runaway! (1973)

Thriller
Movie
as Nick Staffo
4 1 votes

Linda (1973)

Thriller
Movie
6 1 votes

The Sixth Sense (1972)

Mystery Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown

The Screaming Woman (1972)

TV Movie Thriller Horror
Movie
as Carl Nesbitt
7.9 4 votes

Search (1972)

Action & Adventure Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
9.2 3 votes

Kung Fu (1972)

Action & Adventure Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
7.6 23 votes

The Streets of San Francisco (1972)

Crime Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.2 16 votes

Alias Smith and Jones (1971)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
6.4 8 votes

A Little Game (1971)

Drama
Movie
as Paul Hamilton

Cannon (1971)

Drama Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
5 5 votes

Along Came a Spider (1970)

Drama
Movie
as Dr. Martin Becker
5 1 votes

The Silent Force (1970)

Action & Adventure
Series

Medical Center (1969)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 2 votes

The Mod Squad (1968)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.6 5 votes

Ironside (1967)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.5 18 votes

Mission: Impossible (1966)

Action & Adventure Crime Drama
Series
as Unknown
7.2 34 votes

The F.B.I. (1965)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
3.8 6 votes

Peyton Place (1964)

Series
9 1 votes

Arrest and Trial (1963)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Outer Limits (1963)

Drama Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
7.6 39 votes

The Dakotas (1963)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Fugitive (1963)

Action & Adventure Drama Mystery
Series
as Unknown
7.9 11 votes

The Man from Galveston (1963)

Movie
as Cole Marteen
5 1 votes

Redigo (1963)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown

Sam Benedict (1962)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Virginian (1962)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
7 1 votes

Stoney Burke (1962)

Western
Series
as Unknown

The Gallant Men (1962)

Series
as Unknown

Cain's Hundred (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

87th Precinct (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Devil's Partner (1961)

Horror
Movie
as Nick Richards / Pete Jensen
6 1 votes

Dr. Kildare (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
6.3 6 votes

Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

Drama History
Movie
as Captain at Nightclub Announcing Call-up of Officers (uncredited)
7.5 142 votes

The New Breed (1961)

Drama
Series
as Unknown
9 1 votes

Valley of the Redwoods (1960)

Crime Drama
Movie
as Dino Michaelis

The Tall Man (1960)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

COronado 9 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Surfside 6 (1960)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Thriller (1960)

Horror Thriller
Series
as Unknown
4.5 3 votes

The Aquanauts (1960)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Tightrope (1959)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown

The Young Captives (1959)

Movie
as Norm Britt

Rawhide (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.7 9 votes

Riverboat (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
9 1 votes

Black Saddle (1959)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Rebel (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown

Johnny Ringo (1959)

Western
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

A Bucket of Blood (1959)

Comedy Horror
Movie
as Art Lacroix
6.4 29 votes

The Detectives (1959)

Action & Adventure Drama
Series
as Unknown

The Twilight Zone (1959)

Drama Mystery Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Series
as Unknown
8.2 134 votes

T-Bird Gang (1959)

Action
Movie
as Alex Hendricks
5 2 votes

Night of the Blood Beast (1958)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Dave Randall
2.6 8 votes

The Brain Eaters (1958)

Science Fiction Horror
Movie
as Dr. Paul Kettering
6.5 2 votes

Bat Masterson (1958)

Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 2 votes

77 Sunset Strip (1958)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
7.8 6 votes

The Rifleman (1958)

Action & Adventure Western
Series
as Unknown
7.5 13 votes

Bayou (1957)

Drama
Movie
as Etienne (as Edwin Nelson)

Carnival Rock (1957)

Drama Music
Movie
as Cannon
4 2 votes

Invasion of the Saucer-Men (1957)

Horror Science Fiction Comedy
Movie
as Tom
5.3 7 votes

Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

Horror Science Fiction
Movie
as Ensign Quinlan
4.8 15 votes

Perry Mason (1957)

Mystery Drama Crime Family
Series
as Unknown
7.9 23 votes

Have Gun – Will Travel (1957)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
8.2 12 votes

Harbor Command (1957)

Drama
Series
as Unknown

Maverick (1957)

Comedy Western
Series
as Unknown
8.6 8 votes

M Squad (1957)

Drama Crime
Series
as Unknown
6 1 votes

Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (1956)

Western Drama
Series
as Unknown
8 1 votes

Swamp Women (1956)

Crime Adventure Drama Thriller
Movie
as Police Sergeant (as Edward Nelson)
3.8 7 votes

New Orleans Uncensored (1955)

Thriller Crime Drama
Movie
as Charlie

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1955)

Drama Western
Series
as Unknown
8.2 6 votes

Gunsmoke (1955)

Western Action & Adventure
Series
as Unknown
6.7 19 votes

Highway Patrol (1955)

Action & Adventure Drama Documentary
Series
as Unknown
6.5 2 votes