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Gene Nelson

Highest Rated:   96% Oklahoma! (1955)
Lowest Rated:   67% Crime Wave (1954)
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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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
No Score Yet Murder in Coweta County
  • Producer
1983
90% 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 Way Out
  • Greg Carradine
1956
No Score Yet Atomic Man
  • Mike Delaney
1956
No Score Yet So This Is Paris
  • Al Howard
1955
96% 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

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Star Trek
1966-1969
  • Director
  • 1968

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