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Ed Nelson

Lowest Rated:   29% Airport 1975 (1974)
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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

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet That's the Way of the World
  • Actor
2007
72% 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
54% 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
73% 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

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
  • Bandel
  • 1989
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
  • King
  • 1981
No Score Yet The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
  • Philip Redfield
  • 1963

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