Ed Nelson

Ed Nelson

  • Highest Rated: 83% There's Something About Mary (1998)
  • Lowest Rated: 25% Airport 1975 (1974)
  • Birthday: Dec 21, 1928
  • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, USA
  • Muscular leading man Ed Nelson started out as a member of quickie-filmmaker Roger Corman's stock company, appearing in such drive-in fodder as Hot Rod Girl (1956), Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957) and Cry Baby Killer. In these and other low-budgeters of the late 1950s, Nelson not only starred, but doubled on the technical crew: he was one of several production assistants portraying the title crustacean in The Attack of the Crab Monsters (1956), and designed and operated the parasite props in 1958's The Brain Eaters, which he also produced. Eventually outgrowing such things, Nelson rose to TV stardom as Dr. Michael Rossi on the prime time soap opera Peyton Place, which ran from 1964 through 1969. He later starred as Ward Fuller on The Silent Force (1970) and as Dr. Michael Wise in Doctor's Private Lives (1979). In 1969, Nelson hosted a daily, syndicated talk show, which he was ultimately forced to give up when he decided to enter politics ("conflict of interests" and "equal time" were still considerations back then). He played President Truman several times, including the 1980 TV movie Enola Gay: The Men, the Mission, the Atomic Bomb, in the 1992 Brooke Shields flick Brenda Starr and onstage in Give 'Em Hell, Harry. Nelson died in 2014 at age 85.

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

Movies

Rating

Title

Credit

Box
Office

Year

No Score Yet That's the Way of the World Actor 2007
73% Runaway Jury George Dressler $49.3M 2003
83% There's Something About Mary Jail Bird 1998
63% Jackie Chan's Who Am I? (Wo shi shei) (Who Am I?) Gen. Sherman 1998
No Score Yet Cries of Silence Dr. Clairborn 1993
No Score Yet Brenda Starr Pres. Harry S. Truman 1992
No Score Yet The Boneyard Jersey Callum 1991
No Score Yet Deadly Weapon Actor 1989
No Score Yet Sworn to Silence Victor Handler 1987
40% Police Academy 3: Back in Training Gov. Neilson 1986
No Score Yet Help Wanted: Male Actor 1982
No Score Yet Born to Be Sold Carl Strickland 1981
No Score Yet The Return of Frank Cannon Mike Danvers 1980
No Score Yet Enola Gay Actor 1980
No Score Yet Anatomy Of A Seduction Mark Kane 1979
No Score Yet Crash of Flight 401 Philip Milwray 1978
No Score Yet For the Love of Benji Chandler Dietrich 1977
47% Midway Adm. Harry Pearson 1976
No Score Yet Riding with Death Actor 1976
No Score Yet That's the Way of the World Carlton James 1975
25% Airport 1975 Rescue Pilot 1974
No Score Yet Acapulco Gold Actor 1972
No Score Yet Soldier in the Rain MP Sgt. Priest 1963
No Score Yet Man From Galveston Cole Marteen 1963
77% A Bucket of Blood Art Lacroix 1959
No Score Yet T-Bird Gang Alex 1959
No Score Yet The Brain Eaters Dr. Paul Kettering 1958
No Score Yet Cry Baby Killer Rick 1958
No Score Yet Night of the Blood Beast Dave Randall 1958
No Score Yet The Devil's Partner Nick/Pete 1958
No Score Yet Teenage Doll Dutch Doctor 1957
No Score Yet Invasion of the Saucer Men Boy 1957
No Score Yet Bayou Etienne 1957
No Score Yet Rock All Night Pete 1957
67% Attack of the Crab Monsters Ens. Quinlan 1957
No Score Yet Carnival Rock Cannon 1957
No Score Yet Swamp Women Police Sergeant 1955

TV

Rating

Title

Credit

Year

No Score Yet Murder, She Wrote
1984-1996
Carl Turnbull Ray Bascomb Henry Post Judge William Clinton Mayor Simpson
  • 1995
  • 1992
  • 1990
  • 1989
  • 1987
  • 1985
No Score Yet MacGyver
1985-1992
Bandel
  • 1989
No Score Yet CHiPs
1977-1983
King
  • 1981
No Score Yet Quincy, M.E.
1976-1983
Capt. Edwards
  • 1981
No Score Yet Trapper John, M.D.
1979-1986
Albert Ryker
  • 1981
No Score Yet Charlie's Angels
1976-1981
George Starrett
  • 1980
No Score Yet The Rockford Files
1974-1980
Bud Blake Sternlight
  • 1979
  • 1977
No Score Yet Dallas
1978-1991
Jeb Ames
  • 1978
No Score Yet The Streets of San Francisco
1972-1977
Hobbs
  • 1977
  • 1973
No Score Yet The Bionic Woman
1976-1978
Lucky Harrison
  • 1976
No Score Yet Ironside
1967-1975
Lynch
  • 1974
No Score Yet Kung Fu
1972-1975
Sheriff
  • 1973
No Score Yet Mission: Impossible
1966-1973
Van Cleve
  • 1973
  • 1969
No Score Yet Night Gallery
1970-1973
Burke
  • 1972
  • 1971
No Score Yet Marcus Welby, M.D.
1969-1976
  • 1971
No Score Yet Gunsmoke
1955-1975
Prentice Seth King Cury Perce McCall
  • 1966
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1959
No Score Yet The Fugitive
1963-1967
Clements Steve
  • 1965
  • 1964
  • 1963
No Score Yet Perry Mason
1957-1966
Ward Nichols Blake
  • 1964
  • 1961
80% The Twilight Zone
1959-1964
Philip Redfield
  • 1963
No Score Yet Bonanza
1959-1973
Garth
  • 1962
No Score Yet Rawhide
1959-1965
Cory Weber
  • 1962
  • 1961
No Score Yet Maverick
1957-1962
Gary Harrison Classmate Bill Parker
  • 1962
  • 1961
  • 1959
  • 1958

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