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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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Dec 21, 1928 In New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Peyton Place: The Next Generation
Latest Project:
Pelicula ¿Quién soy? 1998-01-17
Known For
Poster of Acapulco Gold
Poster of Los ángeles de Charlie
Poster of Swamp Women
Poster of Peyton Place: The Next Generation
Series Peyton Place: The Next Generation Unknown 2019
Pelicula ¿Quién soy? General Sharman 1998-01-17
Pelicula Cries of Silence Dr. August Claiborne 1996-05-01
Pelicula Terror en la Morgue Jersey Callum 1991-06-12
Pelicula Arma mortal General Stone 1989-08-15
Pelicula Sworn to Silence Victor Handler 1987-04-06
Series J.J. Starbuck Unknown 1987-09-26
Series Jake and the Fatman Unknown 1987-09-26
Series MacGyver Unknown 1985-09-29
Series Se ha escrito un crimen Unknown 1984-09-30
Series Hotel Unknown 1983-09-21
Series Cagney & Lacey Unknown 1982-03-25
Series Capitol 1982-03-26
Series Matt Houston Unknown 1982-09-26
Series Hagen Unknown 1980-03-15
Pelicula The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything Joseph Locordolos 1980-06-13
Pelicula The Return of Frank Cannon Mike Danvers 1980-11-01
Series Doctors' Private Lives 1979-04-05
Pelicula Anatomy of a Seduction Mark Kane 1979-05-08
Series Trapper John, M.D. Unknown 1979-09-23
Pelicula Deja atrás el pasado 1978-01-11
Pelicula Superdome George Beldridge 1978-01-09
Pelicula Doctors' Private Lives Dr. Mike Wise 1978-03-20
Series Vega$ Unknown 1978-04-25
Pelicula The Crash of Flight 401 Philip Mulwray 1978-10-28
Pelicula For the Love of Benji Chandler Dietrich 1977-06-10
Series CHiPs Unknown 1977-09-15
Series La fuga de Logan Unknown 1977-09-16
Pelicula Murder in Peyton Place Dr. Michael Rossi 1977-10-03
Series Lou Grant Unknown 1977-09-20
Series Los ángeles de Charlie Unknown 1976-03-21
Pelicula Riding with Death 1976-01-01
Series Gemini Man Unknown 1976-05-10
Series La mujer biónica Unknown 1976-01-14
Series Quincy, M.E. Unknown 1976-10-03
Pelicula La batalla de Midway Admiral Harry Pearson 1976-06-18
Series Gibbsville Unknown 1976-11-11
Pelicula Acapulco Gold Ray Hollister 1976-06-01
Series Police Woman Unknown 1974-09-13
Pelicula Aeropuerto 75 Major John Alexander 1974-10-18
Pelicula Runaway! Nick Staffo 1973-09-29
Pelicula Linda 1973-11-03
Series The Sixth Sense Unknown 1972-01-15
Pelicula The Screaming Woman Carl Nesbitt 1972-01-29
Series Kung Fu Unknown 1972-10-14
Series Search Unknown 1972-09-13
Series Las calles de San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-16
Series Alias Smith and Jones Unknown 1971-01-05
Series Cannon Unknown 1971-09-14
Pelicula A Little Game Paul Hamilton 1971-10-31
Pelicula Along Came a Spider Dr. Martin Becker 1970-02-04
Series The Silent Force 1970-09-21
Series Medical Center Unknown 1969-09-24
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Series Misión: Imposible Unknown 1966-09-17
Series The F.B.I. Unknown 1965-09-19
Series Peyton Place 1964-09-15
Series The Dakotas Unknown 1963-01-07
Pelicula The Man from Galveston Cole Marteen 1963-12-18
Series Arrest and Trial Unknown 1963-09-15
Series Más allá del límite Unknown 1963-09-16
Series Redigo Unknown 1963-09-24
Series El fugitivo Unknown 1963-09-17
Series Sam Benedict Unknown 1962-09-15
Series The Gallant Men Unknown 1962-10-05
Series El virginiano Unknown 1962-09-19
Series Stoney Burke Unknown 1962-10-01
Pelicula The Devil's Partner Nick Richards / Pete Jensen 1961-09-19
Series Cain's Hundred Unknown 1961-09-19
Series 87th Precinct Unknown 1961-09-25
Series The New Breed Unknown 1961-10-03
Pelicula ¿Vencedores o vencidos? (El juicio de Nuremberg) Captain at Nightclub Announcing Call-up of Officers (uncredited) 1961-12-01
Series Dr. Kildare Unknown 1961-09-27
Pelicula Valley of the Redwoods Dino Michaelis 1960-05-08
Series The Tall Man Unknown 1960-09-10
Series COronado 9 Unknown 1960-09-06
Series Surfside 6 Unknown 1960-10-06
Series The Aquanauts Unknown 1960-09-14
Series Thriller Unknown 1960-09-13
Series Tightrope Unknown 1959-09-08
Pelicula The Young Captives Norm Britt 1959-02-01
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Riverboat Unknown 1959-09-13
Series Black Saddle Unknown 1959-01-10
Series Johnny Ringo Unknown 1959-10-02
Pelicula Un cubo de sangre Art Lacroix 1959-10-21
Series La dimensión desconocida Unknown 1959-10-02
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Series The Rebel Unknown 1959-10-04
Pelicula T-Bird Gang Alex Hendricks 1959-10-16
Pelicula Yo fui un cavernícola adolescente Blonde Tribe Member 1958-07-01
Pelicula Night of the Blood Beast Dave Randall 1958-08-01
Pelicula Las sanguijuelas humanas Dr. Paul Kettering 1958-09-01
Series 77 Sunset Strip Unknown 1958-10-10
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series The Rifleman Unknown 1958-09-30
Pelicula Bayou Etienne (as Edwin Nelson) 1957-06-01
Pelicula Attack of the Crab Monsters Ensign Quinlan 1957-02-10
Pelicula Carnival Rock Cannon 1957-01-01
Pelicula La invasión de los hombres del espacio Tom 1957-06-01
Series Perry Mason Unknown 1957-09-21
Series Harbor Command Unknown 1957-10-11
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series M Squad Unknown 1957-09-20
Series Have Gun – Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater Unknown 1956-10-05
Pelicula Swamp Women Police Sergeant (as Edward Nelson) 1956-11-16
Pelicula New Orleans Uncensored Charlie 1955-03-01
Series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Unknown 1955-09-06
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Highway Patrol Unknown 1955-10-03