Gene Nelson

Highest Rated: 92% Oklahoma! (1955)
Lowest Rated: 67% Crime Wave (1954)
Birthday: Mar 24, 1920
Birthplace: Not Available
Nineteen-year-old Leander Berg billed himself as Gene Berg when he made his professional debut as a skater in Sonja Henie's LA-based ice show. He was still Gene Berg when, while serving in World War II, he was featured as a dancer in the 1942 Broadway revue This is the Army. It wasn't until the 1948 stage musical Lend an Ear that Gene Berg reemerged as Gene Nelson. Signed to a 20th Century-Fox contract in 1947, Nelson co-starred in several of that studio's Technicolor song-and-dance fests, then moved on to the musical unit at Warner Bros. His best-known filmusical assignment was as high-kickin' cowpoke Will Parker in the 1955 superproduction Oklahoma. After briefly attempting to establish himself in dramatic roles, Nelson turned to directing. He called the shots in several Sam Katzman productions of the 1960s, notably the Elvis Presley vehicles Kissin' Cousins (1963) and Harum Scarum (1965), and the 1965 Hank Williams Sr. biopic Your Cheatin' Heart. He also directed dozens of TV episodes, working on such weeklies as The Rifleman, The Donna Reed Show and Mod Squad. There was talk that a serious injury in the mid-1950s had forced Gene Nelson to forego dancing in favor of directing; if so, he was sufficiently recovered in the 1970s, displaying his still-impressive terpsichorean skills in the Broadway musicals Follies and Good News.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murder in Coweta County Producer 1983
86% S.O.B. Clive Lytell $14.9M 1981
No Score Yet A Brand New Life Harry 1973
No Score Yet The Cool Ones Screenwriter Director 1967
No Score Yet Harum Scarum Director 1965
No Score Yet Your Cheatin' Heart Director 1964
No Score Yet Kissin' Cousins Director Screenwriter 1964
No Score Yet Hootenanny Hoot Director 1964
No Score Yet Thunder Island Billy Poole 1963
No Score Yet The Purple Hills Gil Shepard 1961
No Score Yet Way Out Greg Carradine 1956
No Score Yet Atomic Man Mike Delaney 1956
No Score Yet So This Is Paris Al Howard 1955
92% Oklahoma! Will Parker 1955
67% Crime Wave Steve Lacey 1954
No Score Yet 3 Sailors And A Girl Twitch 1953
No Score Yet She's Back on Broadway Gordon Evans 1953
No Score Yet She's Working Her Way Through College Don Weston 1952
No Score Yet Starlift Himself 1951
No Score Yet Lullaby of Broadway Tom Farnham 1951
No Score Yet Painting the Clouds with Sunshine Ted Lansing 1951
No Score Yet The West Point Story Hal Courtland 1950
No Score Yet Tea for Two Tommy Trainor 1950
No Score Yet The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Doug 1950
No Score Yet Apartment for Peggy Jerry 1948
No Score Yet The Walls of Jericho Assistant Prosecutor 1948
78% Gentleman's Agreement 2nd Ex-G.I 1947
No Score Yet I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Tommy Yale 1947
No Score Yet This Is the Army Actor 1943

TV

CREDIT
No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Bernie Metcalf
  • 1987
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Director
  • 1978
No Score Yet Starsky & Hutch
1975-1979
Director
  • 1975
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Director Sheldon
  • 1973
  • 1967
No Score Yet I Dream of Jeannie
1965-1970
Director
  • 1970
  • 1969
  • 1968
  • 1967
  • 1966
  • 1965
80% Star Trek
1966-1969
Director
  • 1968
90% Gilligan's Island
1964-1967
Director
  • 1965
No Score Yet The Andy Griffith Show
1960-1968
Director
  • 1964
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Cowboy
  • 1960
  • 1959
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Dave
  • 1959
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Jim Hazlit
  • 1958

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