David Nelson

David Nelson Headshot

Actor

Birth Date: October 24, 1936

Death Date: January 11, 2011

Birth Place: New York City, New York

Spouses: June Blair

Parents: Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Nelson

Siblings: Ricky Nelson

David Nelson grew up before America's eyes; he portrayed a fictionalized version of himself for all 14 seasons of the popular family sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," which was based largely around his family, and later worked as a TV producer and director. David was born in New York City, raised in New Jersey, and moved to California when his parents decided to stop touring with their eponymous band and embark upon a stable radio career. "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," went on the air in 1944 but David and his younger brother Ricky didn't appear until a few years later. The program followed the everyday lives of Ozzie, Harriet, David and Ricky and became a major radio hit all across the country. In 1952 the Nelson family appeared in the comedy film "Here Come the Nelsons," which was followed by the TV premiere of "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet." The series, which ran from 1952 until 1966, became a symbol of suburban life in '50s America and stands as the longest continuously-aired live action sitcom in television history. David later directed several episodes of the half-hour series while branching out with roles in more serious films like the Esther Williams drama "The Big Show" and the melodramatic "Peyton Place," where he portrayed the son of a domineering New England woman. In 1990 David appeared as an oblivious father in John Waters' cult film "Cry-Baby," which later became an award-winning Broadway musical.

Credits

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Revisited

Actor
Show
2008

A Famliy for Joe

Actor
George Merkel
Movie
1990

Last Plane Out

Director
Movie
1983

House of Death

Director
Movie
1981

A Rare Breed

Director
Movie
1981

Circus of the Stars

Self
Show
1980

Circus of the Stars

Self
Show
1979

Circus of the Stars

Self
Show
1977

Smash-Up on Interstate 5

Actor
Berman
Movie
1976

Confessions of Tom Harris

Director
Movie
1972

Adam-12Stream

Director
Series
1968

The Big Show

Actor
Eric Solden
Movie
1961

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Actor
Earl Collins
Movie
1959

The Big Circus

Actor
Tommy Gordon
Movie
1959

Peyton PlaceStream

Actor
Ted Carter
Movie
1957
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The Adventures of Ozzie and HarrietStream

Actor
Series
1952

Here Come the Nelsons

Actor
David Nelson
Movie
1952

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