Ricky Nelson

Singer, Actor, Musician
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 ... Read more »
Born: 05/08/1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA

Filmography

Music (20)

Self/Less 2015 (Movie)

Music Recorder (Music)

30 Beats 2012 (Movie)

Strings & Glockenspiel (Music)

You Kill Me 2007 (Movie)

("Lonesome Town") (Song Performer)

Arthur and the Invisibles 2006 (Movie)

("Lonesome Town") (Song Performer)

Bad Santa 2003 (Movie)

("Jingle Bells") (Song Performer)

Nurse Betty 2000 (Movie)

("Poor Little Fool") (Song Performer)

U-Turn 1997 (Movie)

("Lonesome Town") (Song Performer)

Pulp Fiction 1994 (Movie)

("Lonesome Town") (Song Performer)

Jack the Bear 1993 (Movie)

("Dream Lover") (Song Performer)

Dogfight 1991 (Movie)

("Travelin' Man") (Song Performer)

Rick Nelson: It's All Right Now 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Song Performer

36 Fillette 1989 (Movie)

(Music)

36 Fillette 1989 (Movie)

("I'll Walk Alone") (Song Performer)

Heavy Petting 1989 (Movie)

("Be Bop Baby" "The Girl I Love" "Whole Lotta Shakin Going On") (Song Performer)

Dusty and Sweets McGee 1971 (Movie)

(Music Coordinator)

Love and Kisses 1964 (Movie)

(Song Performer)

Rio Bravo 1959 (Movie)

("My Rifle My Pony and Me" "Cindy") (Song Performer)

Dragstrip Girl (TV Show)

Song Performer

Just For the Ride (TV Show)

Song Performer

Runaway Daughters (TV Show)

Song Performer
Actor (19)

Rick Nelson: It's All Right Now 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Coming Home: A Rockin' Reunion 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Heart and Soul 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Fathers and Sons 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

Actor

High School, U.S.A. 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Men Who Rate a "10" 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Swing Out, Sweet Land 1975 - 1976 (TV Show)

Actor

Fol-De-Rol 1971 - 1972 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bobbie Gentry Special 1970 - 1971 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Flip Side 1966 - 1967 (TV Show)

Actor

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

Actor

Love and Kisses 1964 (Movie)

Buzzy Pringle (Actor)

The Wackiest Ship in the Army 1960 (Movie)

Ens Tommy Hanson (Actor)

Rio Bravo 1959 (Movie)

Colorado (Actor)

Here Come the Nelsons 1952 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Story of Three Loves 1952 (Movie)

Tommy: aged 11 (Actor)

A Tale of Four Wishes (TV Show)

Actor

The Over-the-Hill Gang (TV Show)

Actor

Three on a Date (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

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.

Relationships

Harriet Nelson

Mother

Kristin Harmon

Wife
divorced

David Nelson Actor

Brother
starred in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" radio and television series with his parents and brother Born in 1936

Ozzie Nelson

Father

Tracy Nelson

Daughter
born on October 25, 1963

Gunnar Nelson

Son
twin of Matthew born on September 20, 1967

Matthew Nelson

Son
twin of Gunnar born on September 20, 1967

Sam Nelson

Son
born in 1974 subject of custody dispute between his mother and her brother, actor Mark Harmon, after Nelson's death

SIMILAR ARTICLES

Next >