Barry Nelson

Highest Rated: 85% The Shining (1980)
Lowest Rated: 73% Airport (1970)
Birthday: Apr 16, 1917
Birthplace: Not Available
Of Scandinavian stock, Barry Nelson was no sooner graduated from the University of California-Berkeley than he was signed to an MGM contract. Most of his MGM feature-film assignments were supporting roles, though he was given leads in the 1942 "B" A Yank in Burma and the 1947 "Crime Does Not Pay" short The Luckiest Guy in the World. While serving in the Army, Nelson made his Broadway debut in the morale-boosting Moss Hart play Winged Victory, repeating his role (and his billing of Corporal Barry Nelson) in the 1944 film version. Full stardom came Nelson's way in such Broadway productions of the 1950s and 1960s as The Rat Race, The Moon is Blue and Cactus Flower. He repeated his Broadway role in the 1963 film version of Mary Mary, and both directed and acted in Frank Gilroy's two-character play The Only Game in Town (1968). Nelson starred in a trio of 1950s TV series: the 1952 espionager The Hunter, the 1953 sitcom My Favorite Husband, and the unjustly neglected Canadian-filmed 1958 adventure series Hudson's Bay (1959). Oh, and did you know that Nelson was the first actor ever to play Ian Fleming's secret agent James Bond on television? Yep: Barry Nelson portrayed American spy Jimmy Bond on a 1954 TV adaptation of Fleming's Casino Royale. Nelson died of unspecified causes on April 7, 2007, while traveling through Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He was 84.


Highest Rated Movies



85% The Shining Ullman 1980
No Score Yet The Night of the Claw Actor 1980
No Score Yet Joseph and His Brothers Actor 1979
80% Pete 'n' Tillie Burt 1972
73% Airport Lt. Anson Harris 1970
No Score Yet Mary, Mary Bob McKellaway 1963
No Score Yet The First Traveling Saleslady Charles Masters 1956
No Score Yet The Man with My Face Chick Graham 1951
No Score Yet Tenth Avenue Angel Al Parker 1948
No Score Yet Command Decision Voice over loudspeaker 1948
No Score Yet Undercover Maisie Lt. Paul Scott 1947
No Score Yet A Guy Named Joe Dick Rumney 1944
No Score Yet Bataan F.X. Matowski 1943
80% The Human Comedy Pat 1943
No Score Yet Eyes in the Night Busch 1942
No Score Yet Rio Rita Harry Gantley 1942
No Score Yet Johnny Eager Rankin 1942
83% Shadow of the Thin Man Paul Clarke 1941


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Eugene McLendon
  • 1988
No Score Yet Magnum, P.I.
William B. Knox
  • 1982
No Score Yet Taxi
Dr. Jeffries
  • 1981
No Score Yet Dallas
Arthur Elrod
  • 1981
  • 1979
33% Battlestar Galactica
  • 1978
80% The Twilight Zone
Bob Frazier
  • 1964
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  • 1959