David Nelson

Highest Rated: 90% Splash (1984)
Lowest Rated: 63% Peyton Place (1957)
Birthday: Oct 24, 1936
Birthplace: Not Available
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.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet Childish Things Director 2014
69% Broken Vessels Rick 1998
72% Cry-Baby Wanda's Father 1990
90% Splash Lt. Ingram 1984
No Score Yet Sam's Son Lonnie Morgan 1984
No Score Yet High School U.S.A. Mr. Krinsky 1983
No Score Yet Last Plane Out Screenwriter Producer Director 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
63% Peyton Place Ted Carter 1957
No Score Yet Here Come the Nelsons David Nelson 1952


No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet
Director Himself
  • 1966
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