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David Nelson



The oldest son of bandleader Ozzie Nelson and songstress Harriet Hilliard Nelson, David Nelson was famous before ever making his professional debut. David and his brother Ricky both "appeared" on their parent's radio sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, albeit portrayed by professional child actors. The boys bugged O and H until their parents relented and allowed David and Ricky to costar in person on the radio series. When Ozzie and Harriet shifted to TV in 1952, the boys went along for the ride. Ricky unexpectedly became a teen idol in the late '50s, while David more or less played "straight" for the rest of the family. Except for a good supporting role as a homicidal trapeze artist in 1959's The Big Circus, David's acting career was colorless enough to encourage him to seek some other form of creative expression (though he'd later occasionally accept guest-star cameos in such projects as 1991's Cry Baby). In the early '60s, he turned to directing, first for the Nelson Family series, and then for several other TV situation comedies. David Nelson worked steadily but unspectacularly as a producer/director in the years to follow: in the early '80s he directed three theatrical films, the most prominent of which was the 1981 George Kennedy starrer The Rare Breed. Nelson, the last surviving member of his family, died of complications from colon cancer at age 74 in January 2011.

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Childish Things
  • Director
2014
No Score Yet Hip Hop Massacre
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Like Mike 2
  • Director
2006
No Score Yet Naked States
  • Producer
2000
73% Cry-Baby
  • Wanda's Father
1990
No Score Yet Last Plane Out
  • Director
  • Producer
1983
No Score Yet House of Death
  • Director
1982
No Score Yet Rare Breed
  • Director
1981
No Score Yet Right On! - The Original Last Poets
  • Actor
1971
No Score Yet Confessions of Tom Harris
  • Director
1969
No Score Yet Day of the Outlaw
  • Gene
1959
No Score Yet The Big Circus
  • Tommy Gordon
1959
No Score Yet -30-
  • Earl Collins
1959
60% Peyton Place
  • Ted Carter
1957
No Score Yet Here Come the Nelsons
  • David Nelson
1952

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Deadwood
2004-2006
  • David
No Score Yet The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
1990-1996
  • Boyfriend

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