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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.

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.

Personal Info

Known For Acting

Gender Male

Known Credits 120

Birthday 1928-12-21

Day of Death 2014-08-09

Place of Birth New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

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Acting TV ShowsMovies

2003 Runaway Jury as George Dressler
1998 Who Am I? as General Sharman
1996 Cries of Silence as Dr. August Claiborne
1991 The Boneyard as Jersey Callum
1989 Deadly Weapon as General Stone
1987 J.J. Starbuck (1 episode)
1987 Jake and the Fatman (3 episodes)
1987 Sworn to Silence as Victor Handler
1985 MacGyver (1 episode)
1985 Peyton Place: The Next Generation as Dr. Michael Rossi
1984 Murder, She Wrote (1 episode) as Mayor Albert Simpson (3 episodes)
1983 Hotel (1 episode)
1982 Matt Houston (1 episode)
1982 Capitol (260 episodes)
1982 Cagney & Lacey (1 episode)
1982 Help Wanted: Male as George Dobbs
1980 The Return of Frank Cannon as Mike Danvers
1980 The Girl, the Gold Watch & Everything as Joseph Locordolos
1980 Hagen (1 episode)
1979 Trapper John, M.D. (1 episode)
1979 Anatomy of a Seduction as Mark Kane
1979 Doctors' Private Lives (4 episodes)
1978 The Crash of Flight 401 as Philip Mulwray
1978 Vega$ (2 episodes)
1978 Doctors' Private Lives as Dr. Mike Wise
1978 Leave Yesterday Behind as Mr. Clarkson
1978 Superdome as George Beldridge
1977 Murder in Peyton Place as Dr. Michael Rossi
1977 Lou Grant (1 episode)
1977 Logan's Run (1 episode)
1977 CHiPs (1 episode)
1977 For the Love of Benji as Chandler Dietrich
1976 Gibbsville (1 episode)
1976 Quincy, M.E. (2 episodes)
1976 Charlie's Angels (1 episode)
1976 Midway as Admiral Harry Pearson
1976 Acapulco Gold as Ray Hollister
1976 Gemini Man (1 episode)
1976 The Bionic Woman (1 episode)
1976 Riding with Death
1975 The Missing Are Deadly
1974 Airport 1975 as Major John Alexander
1974 The Rockford Files (1 episode) as Edgar 'Bud' Clement
1974 Police Woman (1 episode)
1974 Police Headquarters as Lt. Calvin Zenger
1973 Linda
1973 Runaway! as Nick Staffo
1972 Kung Fu (1 episode)
1972 The Streets of San Francisco (1 episode)
1972 Search (1 episode)
1972 The Screaming Woman as Carl Nesbitt
1972 The Sixth Sense (1 episode)
1971 A Little Game as Paul Hamilton
1971 Cannon (1 episode)
1971 Alias Smith and Jones (1 episode)
1970 The Silent Force (15 episodes)
1970 Along Came a Spider as Dr. Martin Becker
1969 Medical Center (3 episodes)
1968 The Mod Squad (1 episode)
1967 Ironside (1 episode)
1966 Mission: Impossible (1 episode)
1965 The F.B.I. (2 episodes)
1964 Peyton Place (517 episodes)
1963 The Man from Galveston as Cole Marteen
1963 Soldier in the Rain as MP Sgt. James Priest
1963 Redigo (1 episode)
1963 The Fugitive (2 episodes)
1963 The Outer Limits (1 episode)
1963 Arrest and Trial (1 episode)
1963 The Dakotas (1 episode)
1962 The Gallant Men (1 episode)
1962 Stoney Burke (1 episode)
1962 The Virginian (1 episode)
1962 Sam Benedict (1 episode)
1961 Judgment at Nuremberg as Captain at Nightclub Announcing Call-up of Officers (uncredited)
1961 The New Breed (2 episodes)
1961 Dr. Kildare (1 episode)
1961 87th Precinct (1 episode)
1961 Cain's Hundred (1 episode)
1961 The Devil's Partner as Nick Richards / Pete Jensen
1960 Surfside 6 (1 episode)
1960 Checkmate (1 episode) as Chuck Palmer (1 episode) as Gil Stoneham
1960 The Aquanauts (1 episode)
1960 Thriller (4 episodes)
1960 The Tall Man (1 episode)
1960 COronado 9 (1 episode)
1960 Valley of the Redwoods as Dino Michaelis
1959 A Bucket of Blood as Art Lacroix
1959 The Detectives (3 episodes)
1959 T-Bird Gang as Alex Hendricks
1959 The Rebel (4 episodes)
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)
1959 Johnny Ringo (2 episodes)
1959 Riverboat (1 episode)
1959 Tightrope (1 episode)
1959 The Young Captives as Norm Britt
1959 Black Saddle (2 episodes)
1959 Rawhide (3 episodes)
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)
1958 Bat Masterson (2 episodes)
1958 The Rifleman (3 episodes)
1958 The Brain Eaters as Dr. Paul Kettering
1958 The Cry Baby Killer as Rick Connor
1958 Night of the Blood Beast as Dave Randall
1958 Teenage Caveman as Blonde Tribe Member
1957 Harbor Command (1 episode)
1957 Maverick (2 episodes)
1957 Perry Mason (2 episodes)
1957 M Squad (1 episode)
1957 Have Gun – Will Travel (5 episodes)
1957 Invasion of the Saucer-Men as Tom
1957 Bayou as Etienne (as Edwin Nelson)
1957 Attack of the Crab Monsters as Ensign Quinlan
1957 Carnival Rock as Cannon
1956 Swamp Women as Police Sergeant (as Edward Nelson)
1956 Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater (5 episodes)
1955 Highway Patrol (1 episode)
1955 Gunsmoke (6 episodes)
1955 The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1 episode)
1955 New Orleans Uncensored as Charlie

Production

1958 The Brain Eaters Producer

Crew

1957 Attack of the Crab Monsters Special Effects

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