Ed Nelson

Like many character actors of his generation, Ed Nelson got his start working with the legendary B-movie director and producer Roger Corman, with small roles in deathless drive-in favorites such as the horror flick ... Read more »
Born: 12/21/1928

Filmography

Actor (52)

Runaway Jury 2003 (Movie)

George Dressler (Actor)

There's Something About Mary 1998 (Movie)

Jail Bird (Actor)

Who Am I? 1998 (Movie)

General Sharman (Actor)

Cries of Silence 1997 (Movie)

Dr Claiborne (Actor)

Murder, She Wrote 1984 - 1985, 1987 - 1992, 1995 - 1996 (Tv Show)

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Brenda Starr 1992 (Movie)

President Harry S Truman (Actor)

The Boneyard 1991 (Movie)

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Deadly Weapon 1988 (Movie)

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Police Academy 3: Back in Training 1986 (Movie)

Governor Neilson (Actor)

Born to Be Sold 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

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Crash 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Acapulco Gold 1978 (Movie)

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Doctors' Private Lives 1977 - 1978 (TV Show)

Actor

For the Love of Benji 1977 (Movie)

Chandler Dietrich (Actor)

Midway 1976 (Movie)

Admiral Harry Pearson (Actor)

Airport 1975 1974 (Movie)

Rescue Pilot Alexander (Actor)

Clinic on 18th Street 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Houston, We've Got a Problem 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Linda 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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Runaway! 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

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That's the Way of the World 1974 (Movie)

Carlton James (Actor)

Escape 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Tenafly 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

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Banacek: Detour to Nowhere 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

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Along Came a Spider 1969 - 1970 (TV Show)

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Peyton Place 1964 - 1969 (TV Show)

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Alcoa Premiere 1961 - 1963 (TV Show)

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The Man From Galveston 1963 (Movie)

Cole Marteen (Actor)

Soldier in the Rain 1962 (Movie)

MP Sgt Priest (Actor)

Thriller 1960 - 1962 (TV Show)

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A Bucket of Blood 1958 (Movie)

Art Lacroix (Actor)

Cry Baby Killer 1958 (Movie)

Rick (Actor)

Hot Car Girl 1958 (Movie)

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Night of the Blood Beast 1958 (Movie)

Dave Randall (Actor)

Attack of the Crab Monsters 1957 (Movie)

Ensign Quinlan (Actor)

Invasion of the Saucer Men 1957 (Movie)

Boy (Actor)

The Young Captives 1957 (Movie)

Norm Britt (Actor)

A Little Game (TV Show)

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Anatomy of a Seduction (TV Show)

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Capitol (TV Show)

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Doctors' Private Lives (TV Show)

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Help Wanted: Male (TV Show)

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Leave Yesterday Behind (TV Show)

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Murder in Peyton Place (TV Show)

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Superdome (TV Show)

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Sworn to Silence (TV Show)

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The Missing Are Deadly (TV Show)

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The Return of Frank Cannon (TV Show)

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The Screaming Woman (TV Show)

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The Silent Force (TV Show)

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Biography

Like many character actors of his generation, Ed Nelson got his start working with the legendary B-movie director and producer Roger Corman, with small roles in deathless drive-in favorites such as the horror flick "Attack of the Crab Monsters", the sci-fi creature feature "Invasion of the Saucer Men", and the jukebox musical "Rock All Night". Soon, Nelson was elevated to co-starring roles in Corman's low-budget film factory--one of his highest-profile movies from this era, the creepy "Night of the Blood Beast", got the "Mystery Science Theater 3000" treatment decades later, and another, the campy art-world satire "A Bucket of Blood", is widely considered among the best of all of Corman's movies. As the '50s went on, Nelson began working regularly in television, often appearing in multiple guest-star roles over the course of a show's run. In '64, Nelson began the role he was to become best known for, as the kindly doctor Michael Rossi on the first successful nighttime soap opera, "Peyton Place"; he was one of the few actors who remained with the series for the length of its five-year run. When the series ended in '69, Nelson moved effortlessly back into his niche as a character actor specializing in authority-figure parts, including many made-for-TV movies. One of his few major film roles came in '77, as the villain in the family drama "For the Love of Benji". Nelson continued appearing in film and television well into the 21st century.

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