Person Details

Birthday: 1928-12-21 07:07:34

Death: 2014-08-09 07:07:34

Aliases: No known aliases

Gender: Male

Place of birth: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Movie Involvements: 42

TV Involvements: 7


Most Famous Work

Biography

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Edwin Stafford Nelson (born December 21, 1928) is an American actor. Nelson has appeared in numerous television shows, more than fifty motion pictures, and hundreds of stage productions. Until 2005, he was teaching acting and screenwriting in his native New Orleans at two local universities there. Hurricane Katrina prompted him to move his family to Sterlington near Monroe in Ouachita Parish in northeastern Louisiana. Nelson began acting while attending Tulane University in New Orleans. He left college after two years to study at the New York School of Radio and Television Technique. After graduating, he took a position as a director at WDSU-TV in New Orleans. By 1956, acting became his central focus and he moved to the Los Angeles area. Early in his career he worked with famed B-movie producer Roger Corman on such Corman films as Cry Baby Killers, A Bucket of Blood, Teenage Cave Man and Attack of the Crab Monsters. In 1958 he participated in Bruno VeSota's science fiction horror film The Brain Eaters. His early television career featured many guest starring roles in such series as The Fugitive, Gunsmoke, Harbor Command, Tombstone Territory, Tightrope, The Blue Angels (as arrogant flight instructor Lieutenant Dayl Martin), Laramie, COronado 9, The Eleventh Hour, Bonanza, Thriller (US TV series), and Channing, an ABC drama about college life. In 1964 he won his most famous role portraying Dr. Michael Rossi on the ABC drama Peyton Place, which ran from 1964 to 1969. Nelson's fellow cast members included Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, and Dorothy Malone. Dr. Rossi proved to be so popular that by 1968, he became the lead actor on the show. Nelson reprised his role in two made-for-TV movies, Murder in Peyton Place and Peyton Place: The Next Generation. After Peyton Place ended, Nelson worked in many more productions of all varieties, including starring role in many movies of the week, a second TV series, "The Silent Force," and a popular morning talk show which he hosted for three years. Soon after, Nelson struck gold with his critically acclaimed portrayal of elusive pit crew chief Robert Denby in the hit film Riding with Death (1976), earning him several prestigious accolades and legions of devoted fans. He portrayed a dangerous impostor in the adventure movie For the Love of Benji (1977). During the 1980s, Nelson took on the role of Senator Mark Denning in the daytime soap Capitol. Nelson also spent a couple of years as Harry Truman onstage replacing James Whitmore for the National Tour of "Give 'Em Hell, Harry." While living in Los Angeles, Nelson was an active member of the Screen Actors Guild and was elected to the union board for many years. Nelson is a long-standing member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and continues a long tradition of participation in voting for the Academy Awards. In 1999, Nelson returned to Tulane University to finish credits toward his undergraduate degree, which he completed the following year at the age of seventy-one. Nelson continues to act as the opportunity arises. He and his wife of fifty-eight years, Patsy, enjoy semi-retirement visiting his six children and fourteen grandchildren. Description above from the Wikipedia article Ed Nelson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

Most Famous Work

Murder, She Wrote
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7

Murder, She Wrote

(1984) Mayor Albert Simpson
The Rockford Files
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8

The Rockford Files

(1974) Edgar 'Bud' Clement
Runaway Jury
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7

Runaway Jury

(2003) George Dressler
Midway
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7

Midway

(1976) Admiral Harry Pearson
Judgment at Nuremberg
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8

Judgment at Nuremberg

(1961) Captain at Nightclub Announcing Call-up of Officers (uncredited)
Airport 1975
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6

Airport 1975

(1974) Major John Alexander
Swamp Women
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4

Swamp Women

(1956) Police Sergeant (as Edward Nelson)
Night of the Blood Beast
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3

Night of the Blood Beast

(1958) Dave Randall

Acting

Year Character Movie/Tv
2003 George Dressler
1998 General Sharman
1996 Dr. August Claiborne
1991 Jersey Callum
1989 General Stone
1987 N/A
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Victor Handler
1986 Governor Neilson
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Dr. Michael Rossi
1984 Mayor Albert Simpson
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1982 N/A
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George Dobbs
1980 Mike Danvers
Joseph Locordolos
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1979 N/A
Mark Kane
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1978 Philip Mulwray
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Dr. Mike Wise
Mr. Clarkson
George Beldridge
1977 Dr. Michael Rossi
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Chandler Dietrich
1976 N/A
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Admiral Harry Pearson
Ray Hollister
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1975 Carlton James
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1974 Major John Alexander
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Edgar 'Bud' Clement
Lt. Calvin Zenger
1973 Paul Reston
Nick Staffo
Larry Kinner
1972 N/A
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Geoff Holden
Carl Nesbitt
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1971 Paul Hamilton
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1970 N/A
Dr. Martin Becker
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1964 Michael Rossi
1963 Cole Marteen
MP Sgt. James Priest
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1962 N/A
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1961 Captain at Nightclub Announcing Call-up of Officers (uncredited)
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Nick Richards / Pete Jensen
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1960 N/A
Gil Stoneham
Chuck Palmer
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Dino Michaelis
1959 Art Lacroix
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Alex Hendricks
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Norm Britt
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1958 N/A
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Dr. Paul Kettering
Rick Connor
Dave Randall
Blonde Tribe Member
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Etienne (as Edwin Nelson)
Tom
Pete
Ensign Quinlan
Cannon
1956 Police Sergeant (as Edward Nelson)
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1955 N/A
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Charlie
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1958 Producer
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1957 Special Effects
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