Wednesday, January 12, 2011

David Nelson, R. I. P.

Actor David Nelson of famous TV family dies at 74 - Yahoo! News: "David Nelson, who starred on his parents' popular television show 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,' died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. He was 74.

Nelson died at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles after battling complications of colon cancer, said family spokesman and longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson.

Nelson was the last remaining member of the Nelsons TV family, which included actor/bandleader Ozzie, his singer wife, Harriet Hilliard and his teen idol brother Rick. The show originated on radio in 1952 as 'Here Come the Nelsons,' then ran for 320 episodes on TV from 1952 to 1966 as 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet' with some of the story lines taken from the stars' own lives. David Nelson also directed and produced numerous episodes of the show throughout its run."

Hat tip to Art Scott.


Cap'n Bob said...

Too bad. He was a decent guy.

Richard Moore said...

Although it doesn't appear to be mentioned on his IMDB listing, David Nelson was the Assistant Director on many of the "Have Gun Will Travel" episodes circa 1961-1962.

Richard Boone as star made most of the decisions on HGWT and was the director on several episodes where Nelson was AD. It had to have been a great training gound.

Richard Moore said...

My apologies. I just realized the Have Gun Will Travel director was Gary Nelson, not David Nelson. Gary went on to several major motion pictures.

I had this in my head already and then saw the mistake repeated on a message board.