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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 movie Swamp Women 1956-11-16
Latest Project:
Movie Runaway Jury 2003-01-16
Known For
Movie Runaway Jury George Dressler 2003-01-16
Movie Who Am I? General Sharman 1998-01-17
Movie Cries of Silence Dr. August Claiborne 1996-05-01
Movie The Boneyard Jersey Callum 1991-06-12
Movie Deadly Weapon General Stone 1989-08-15
Movie Sworn to Silence Victor Handler 1987-04-06
Movie Police Academy 3: Back in Training Governor Neilson 1986-03-20
Series Capitol 1982-03-26
Movie The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything Joseph Locordolos 1980-06-13
Movie The Return of Frank Cannon Mike Danvers 1980-11-01
Movie Anatomy of a Seduction Mark Kane 1979-05-08
Movie The Crash of Flight 401 Philip Mulwray 1978-10-28
Movie Superdome George Beldridge 1978-01-09
Movie Leave Yesterday Behind Mr. Clarkson 1978-01-11
Movie Doctors' Private Lives Dr. Mike Wise 1978-03-20
Movie Murder in Peyton Place Dr. Michael Rossi 1977-10-03
Movie Riding with Death 1976-01-01
Movie Midway Admiral Harry Pearson 1976-06-18
Movie Acapulco Gold Ray Hollister 1976-06-01
Movie The Missing Are Deadly 1975-01-08
Movie That's the Way of the World Carlton James 1975-06-01
Movie Airport 1975 Major John Alexander 1974-10-18
Movie Runaway! Nick Staffo 1973-09-29
Movie Linda Paul Reston 1973-11-03
Movie The Screaming Woman Carl Nesbitt 1972-01-29
Movie A Little Game Paul Hamilton 1971-10-31
Movie Along Came a Spider Dr. Martin Becker 1970-02-03
Series The Silent Force 1970-09-21
Series Peyton Place 1964-09-15
Movie The Man from Galveston Cole Marteen 1963-12-18
Movie Soldier in the Rain James Priest 1963-11-27
Movie The Devil's Partner Nick Richards / Pete Jensen 1961-09-19
Movie Judgment at Nuremberg Captain at Nightclub Announcing Call-up of Officers (uncredited) 1961-12-01
Movie Valley of the Redwoods Dino Michaelis 1960-05-08
Movie The Young Captives Norm Britt 1959-02-01
Movie A Bucket of Blood Art Lacroix 1959-10-21
Movie T-Bird Gang Alex Hendricks 1959-10-16
Movie Teenage Caveman Blonde Tribe Member 1958-07-01
Movie Night of the Blood Beast Dave Randall 1958-08-01
Movie The Brain Eaters Dr. Paul Kettering 1958-09-01
Movie The Cry Baby Killer Rick Connor 1958-08-15
Movie Carnival Rock Cannon 1957-01-01
Movie Attack of the Crab Monsters Ensign Quinlan 1957-02-10
Movie Bayou Etienne (as Edwin Nelson) 1957-06-01
Movie Rock All Night Pete 1957-04-01
Movie Invasion of the Saucer-Men Tom 1957-06-01
Movie Swamp Women Police Sergeant (as Edward Nelson) 1956-11-16
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