Ed Nelson

Lowest Rated: 29% Airport 1975 (1974)
Birthday: Dec 21, 1928
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
Muscular leading man Ed Nelson started out as a member of quickie-filmmaker Roger Corman's stock company, appearing in such drive-in fodder as Hot Rod Girl (1956), Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957) and Cry Baby Killer. In these and other low-budgeters of the late 1950s, Nelson not only starred, but doubled on the technical crew: he was one of several production assistants portraying the title crustacean in The Attack of the Crab Monsters (1956), and designed and operated the parasite props in 1958's The Brain Eaters, which he also produced. Eventually outgrowing such things, Nelson rose to TV stardom as Dr. Michael Rossi on the prime time soap opera Peyton Place, which ran from 1964 through 1969. He later starred as Ward Fuller on The Silent Force (1970) and as Dr. Michael Wise in Doctor's Private Lives (1979). In 1969, Nelson hosted a daily, syndicated talk show, which he was ultimately forced to give up when he decided to enter politics ("conflict of interests" and "equal time" were still considerations back then). He played President Truman several times, including the 1980 TV movie Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb, in the 1992 Brooke Shields flick Brenda Starr and onstage in Give 'Em Hell, Harry. Nelson died in 2014 at age 85.

Highest Rated Movies



No Score Yet That's the Way of the World Actor 2007
73% Runaway Jury George Dressler $49.3M 2003
83% There's Something About Mary Jail Bird 1998
63% Jackie Chan's Who Am I? (Wo shi shei) (Who Am I?) Gen. Sherman 1998
No Score Yet Cries of Silence Dr. Clairborn 1993
No Score Yet Brenda Starr Pres. Harry S. Truman 1992
No Score Yet The Boneyard Jersey Callum 1991
No Score Yet Deadly Weapon Actor 1989
No Score Yet Sworn to Silence Victor Handler 1987
40% Police Academy 3: Back in Training Gov. Neilson 1986
No Score Yet Help Wanted: Male Actor 1982
No Score Yet Born to Be Sold Carl Strickland 1981
No Score Yet The Return of Frank Cannon Mike Danvers 1980
No Score Yet Enola Gay Actor 1980
No Score Yet Anatomy Of A Seduction Mark Kane 1979
No Score Yet Crash of Flight 401 Philip Milwray 1978
No Score Yet For the Love of Benji Chandler Dietrich 1977
50% Midway Adm. Harry Pearson 1976
No Score Yet Riding with Death Actor 1976
No Score Yet That's the Way of the World Carlton James 1975
29% Airport 1975 Rescue Pilot 1974
No Score Yet Acapulco Gold Actor 1972
No Score Yet Soldier in the Rain MP Sgt. Priest 1963
No Score Yet Man From Galveston Cole Marteen 1963
75% A Bucket of Blood Art Lacroix 1959
No Score Yet T-Bird Gang Alex 1959
No Score Yet The Brain Eaters Dr. Paul Kettering 1958
No Score Yet Cry Baby Killer Rick 1958
No Score Yet Night of the Blood Beast Dave Randall 1958
No Score Yet The Devil's Partner Nick/Pete 1958
No Score Yet Teenage Doll Dutch Doctor 1957
No Score Yet Invasion of the Saucer Men Boy 1957
No Score Yet Bayou Etienne 1957
No Score Yet Rock All Night Pete 1957
67% Attack of the Crab Monsters Ens. Quinlan 1957
No Score Yet Carnival Rock Cannon 1957
No Score Yet Swamp Women Police Sergeant 1955


No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
Carl Turnbull Ray Bascomb Henry Post Judge William Clinton Mayor Simpson
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No Score Yet MacGyver
  • 1989
No Score Yet CHiPs
  • 1981
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
Capt. Edwards
  • 1981
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
George Starrett
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
Bud Blake Sternlight
  • 1979
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No Score Yet Dallas
Jeb Ames
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
Lucky Harrison
  • 1976
No Score Yet Ironside
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kung Fu
  • 1973
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
Van Cleve
  • 1973
No Score Yet Night Gallery
  • 1972
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
  • 1971
No Score Yet The Fugitive
Clements Steve
  • 1965
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No Score Yet Gunsmoke
Prentice Seth King Cury Perce McCall
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80% The Twilight Zone
Philip Redfield
  • 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
  • 1962
No Score Yet Rawhide
Cory Weber
  • 1962
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No Score Yet Maverick
Gary Harrison Classmate Bill Parker
  • 1962
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