Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson

Highest Rated: 98% Rio Bravo (1959)

Lowest Rated: 98% Rio Bravo (1959)

Birthday: May 8, 1940

Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, USA

Ricky Nelson grew up in the public spotlight and is widely considered to be the first teen idol. He began his career at the age of nine performing along with his older brother and his parents on the radio sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet," which was spun-off to television in 1952 where it ran for 14 seasons. 1952 also marked the year of his film debut with "Here Come the Nelsons." He had a second movie role, without his family this time, in the 1953 musical romantic-drama "The Story of Three Loves," which starred Kirk Douglas. By 1957, he was already a major star when he embarked on a hugely successful singing career. He had the first number-one song on the newly created Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1958, and from then until 1973, had 53 songs place on the chart. His starring role, alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin, in the 1959 western "Rio Bravo" earned him a Golden Globe nomination for Most Promising Male Newcomer. He went on from there to star in the comedies "Love and Kisses" in 1965, and "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" in 1960, but mainly focused on television and his music career. He later could be seen on TV series like "McCloud" in 1972 and "The Love Boat" in 1978, as well as in TV movies like 1974's "Three on a Date" and "High School U.S.A.," where he made his final acting performance as the school principal in 1984.

Highest rated movies

Rio Bravo




No Score Yet 50% Resurrection of Broncho Billy Unknown (Voice) - 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet Love and Kisses Buzzy Pringle (Character) - 1965
No Score Yet 45% The Wackiest Ship in the Army Ens. Tommy J. Hanson (Character) - 1961
98% 90% Rio Bravo Colorado Ryan (Character) - 1959
No Score Yet No Score Yet Here Come the Nelsons Ricky Nelson (Character) - 1952


No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Revisited Unknown (Character) 2008-2009
No Score Yet 44% Saturday Night Live Host 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet Petrocelli Unknown (Guest Star) 1974
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco William T. 'Billy' Jeffers (Guest Star) 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet McCloud Unknown (Guest Star) 1972
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Johnny Cash Show Music Performer 1970
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet Unknown (Character) 1952-1966
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's My Line? Guest 1959