Nelson, best known for starring on his parents' TV hit The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, passed away on Monday (10Jan11) at his home in Los Angeles.
He was the last surviving member of the real-life TV family, whose U.S. sitcom ran on the small screen from 1952 to 1966.
Nelson attended the University of Southern California before convincing his parents to allow him to act on the show, along with his teen idol brother Ricky.
He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and racked up a number of TV and film credits, including roles in Peyton Place, The Big Circus and Love and Kisses.
The actor is survived by his wife, Yvonne, four sons and a daughter, according to the Associated Press. A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles' Pierce Brothers Westwood Mortuary on Thursday (13Jan11).
Created and starred in radio show, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"; until 1949 used actors to play sons; after 1949 roles were played by real-life sons David and Rick
After graduation, toured as bandleader and crooner
With wife Harriet Hilliard Nelson, moved to Hollywood; hosted radio show "Seeing Stars"
Moved permanently to California
Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer
Continued touring with his band
Played first leading role in a feature film, "Sweetheart of the Campus"; he and wife Harriet Hilliard received second and third billing behind Ruby Keeler; first of four feature films he made with his wife
Starred in a feature version of his family's radio show, "Here Comes the Nelsons"; film also marked Nelson's first screenplay credit, co-written with brother Don
Last feature film appearance for seven years, "People Are Funny"
Joined parents act at age five (date approximate)
With wife, spent three seasons as regulars on Red Skelton's radio program
Starred in syndicated TV sitcom, "Ozzie's Girls"
Wrote, produced and directed his first and only feature, "Love and Kisses", starring his son Ricky Nelson and Rick's wife Kris Harmon
Hired Harriet Hilliard as girl singer to tour with his band in the early 1930s
Toured in play "The Impossible Years", starring opposite wife Harriet
Formed a dance band while in college
Starred in long-running ABC sitcom, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"; also wrote, produced and directed many episodes
Underwent first treatment for cancer; had malignant tumor removed from his colon
Last feature film appearance, "The Impossible Years"
Made feature film debut appearing briefly with his orchestra in the Bette Davis dramatic vehicle, "The Letter", directed by William Wyler
Returned to live in NYC
married from October 8, 1935 until his death; born on July 18, 1909; had been married briefly
Born October 24, 1936; mother, Harriet Nelson; starred with his parents on the long-running sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"
died on March 20, 1927 at age 48
born on October 24, 1936 in NYC; married to actors June Blair and Yvonne O'Connor Huston; besides acting in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" on TV also performed in features including "Peyton Place" (1957) and "The Big Show" (1961)
born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey; died in plane crash in DeKalb, Texas, on December 31, 1985; was major rock'n'roll star from the late 1950s through the early 70s; several dozen song hits included "Travellin' Man" and "Garden Party"; besdies acting in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" was also in features including "Rio Bravo" and "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" (1960); was married to actor Kristin Harmon Tinker; father of Matthew, Gunnar, Tracy and Sam Nelson
born in 1904
born c. 1927; survived him; was present at Harriet Hilliard Nelson's death bed in 1994
born on October 25, 1963
born on September 20, 1967; father Rick Nelson, mother Kris Tinker (nee Harmon); twin of Matthew Nelson, with whom he formed the pop duo Nelson
born on September 20, 1967; father, Rick Nelson, mother Kris Tinker (nee Harmon); twin of Gunnar Nelson, with whom he formed the pop duo Nelson; was for a time involved with Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly and Venetia Stevenson