Ozzie Nelson

Actor, Bandleader, Producer
Ozzie Nelson worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. In his early acting career, Nelson appeared in such films as "The Big Street" (1942) with Henry Fonda, "Take It Big" (1944) and ... Read more »
Born: 03/20/1906 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Actor (6)

Ozzie's Girls 1952 - 1966, 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

Ozzie's Girls 1972 - 1973 (TV Show)

Actor

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet 1952 - 1966 (TV Show)

Actor

Jane Wyman Presents the Fireside Theater 1954 - 1958 (TV Show)

Actor

Here Come the Nelsons 1952 (Movie)

Ozzie Nelson (Actor)

The Big Street (Movie)

Himself (Actor)
Director (3)

Adam-12 1952 - 1966, 1968 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

The D.A. 1952 - 1966, 1968 - 1975 (Tv Show)

Director

Love and Kisses 1964 (Movie)

(Director)
Writer (3)

Love and Kisses 1964 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Here Come the Nelsons 1952 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Here Come the Nelsons 1952 (Movie)

(From Story)
Producer (1)

Love and Kisses 1964 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Ozzie Nelson worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. In his early acting career, Nelson appeared in such films as "The Big Street" (1942) with Henry Fonda, "Take It Big" (1944) and "People Are Funny" (1946). He continued to work in film in the fifties and the seventies, directing motion pictures like the Ricky Nelson comedic adaptation "Love and Kisses" (1965). Following that project, he worked on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (1952-1966), "Adam-12" (1968-1975) and "The D.A." (1971-72). Nelson also directed the Ricky Nelson comedy adaptation "Love and Kisses" (1965). In addition to his directing, Nelson also appeared on-screen in "Here Come the Nelsons" (1952). Nelson last directed "Ozzie's Girls" (1973-74). Nelson was married to Harriet Hilliard and had three sons, David Nelson%s%s%s, David Ozzie Nelson, and Eric Hilliard Nelson. Ozzie Nelson passed away in June 1975 at the age of 69.

Relationships

Harriet Hilliard

Wife
married from October 8, 1935 until his death born on July 18, 1909 had been married briefly

David Nelson Actor

Son
Born October 24, 1936 mother, Harriet Nelson starred with his parents on the long-running sitcom "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"

George Nelson

Father
died on March 20, 1927 at age 48

David Nelson

Son
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)

Eric Nelson

Son
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

Alfred Nelson

Brother
born in 1904

Donald Nelson

Brother
born c. 1927 survived him was present at Harriet Hilliard Nelson's death bed in 1994

Tracy Nelson

Granddaughter
born on October 25, 1963

Gunnar Nelson

Grandson
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

Matthew Nelson

Grandson
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

Sam Nelson

Grandson
born in 1974

Ethel Orr

Mother
married George Nelson in March 1903

EDUCATION

Rutgers State University

New Brunswick, New Jersey
attended on scholarship; played varsity football for three years

Rutgers State University

New Brunswick, New Jersey

Milestones

1974

Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer

1968

Last feature film appearance, "The Impossible Years"

1967

Underwent first treatment for cancer; had malignant tumor removed from his colon

1965

Wrote, produced and directed his first and only feature, "Love and Kisses," starring his son Ricky Nelson and Rick's wife Kris Harmon

1952

Starred in a feature version of his family's radio show, "Here Comes the Nelsons"; the film also marked Nelson's first screenplay credit, co-written with brother Don

1944

Last feature film appearance for seven years, "People Are Funny"

1940

Moved permanently to California

1940

Played his first leading role in a feature film, "Sweetheart of the Campus"

1940

With wife, spent three seasons as regulars on Red Skelton's radio program

1940

Made his feature film debut, appearing briefly with his orchestra in the Bette Davis dramatic vehicle, "The Letter," directed by William Wyler

1937

With wife Harriet Hilliard Nelson, moved to Hollywood; hosted radio show "Seeing Stars"

1911

Joined his parents' act at age five

After graduation, toured as bandleader and crooner

Returned to live in NYC

Created and starred in the radio show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"

Continued touring with his band

Formed a dance band while in college

Starred in the long-running ABC sitcom, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"

Hired Harriet Hilliard as a girl singer to tour with his band in the early 1930s

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