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Gene Nelson (I) (1920–1996)

Gene Nelson was barely a teen when he saw the Fred Astaire movie Flying Down to Rio (1933), which would change his life. It was then that he decided he would be a dancer. After graduating from high school, Nelson joined the Sonja Henie Ice Show and toured for 3 years before joining the Army in World War II. After he was discharged, he appeared in ... See full bio »

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 1979 Fantasy Island (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1979 Shirley (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Hard Hat (1979)
 1979 Eischied (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Accused (1979)
 1979 Operation Petticoat (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Matters of Honor (1979)
 1979 The Bad News Bears (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Food Caper (1979)
 1979 Salvage 1 (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Dark Island (1979)
 1978 Quincy M.E. (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1978 The American Girls (TV Series)
 1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1976 McNaughton's Daughter (TV Mini-Series)
 1975 The Invisible Man (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1975 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Death Ride (1975)
 1974 Get Christie Love! (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1974 Barnaby Jones (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Dark Legacy (1974)
 1973-1974 Cannon (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1973-1974 The Rookies (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- The Teacher (1974)
- Point of Impact (1973)
- Tarnished Idol (1973)
 1973 Ironside (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Mind for Murder (1973)
 1973 The Letters (TV Movie)
 1970-1971 Dan August (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Assassin (1971)
- The King Is Dead (1970)
 1968-1971 Mod Squad (TV Series) (18 episodes)
- The Loser (1970)
 1967-1970 The F.B.I. (TV Series) (7 episodes)
- The Innocents (1970)
- The Inside Man (1969)
- Flight (1969)
- Boomerang (1969)
- Act of Violence (1968)
 1970 The Silent Force (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Prosecutor (1970)
 1969 Hawaii Five-O (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1969 Wake Me When the War Is Over (TV Movie)
 1968 Lancer (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Glory (1968)
- Blood Rock (1968)
 1967-1968 Felony Squad (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Jury of One (1968)
 1968 Star Trek (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1967 Iron Horse (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Wild Track (1967)
 1967 Cowboy in Africa (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1967 The Cool Ones
 1967 Laredo (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1967 12 O'Clock High (TV Series) (1 episode)
- A Long Time Dead (1967)
 1966 The Phyllis Diller Show (TV Series)
 1966 Where's Everett (TV Movie)
 1965 Harum Scarum
 1965 Tammy (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Poker Game (1965)
 1965 Gilligan's Island (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1964 The Andy Griffith Show (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- The Pageant (1964)
 1964 Burke's Law (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1964 The Reporter (TV Series) (1 episode)
- No Comment (1964)
 1964 Vacation Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
- I and Claudie (1964)
 1964 Destry (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Stormy Is a Lady (1964)
 1964 Archie (TV Movie)
 1962 Hand of Death
 1961-1962 The Rifleman (TV Series) (8 episodes)
- Sporting Chance (1962)
- The Quiet Fear (1962)
- A Friend in Need (1961)
- The High Country (1961)
- The Long Goodbye (1961)
 1962 Life with Archie (TV Movie)
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Stage Play: This Is the Army. Musical revue. Music by Irving Berlin. Book by James McColl and Irving Berlin. Lyrics by Irving Berlin. Musical Director: Milton Rosenstock [earliest Broadway credit]. Dialogue for Minstrel Show by Pvt. Jack Mendelsohn, Pfc. Richard Burdick and Pvt. Tom McDonnell. Music arrangements for dances by Pvt. Melvin ... See more »

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Alternate Names:

Gene Berg | Eugene A. Nelson


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Personal Quote:

[Film is] a marvelous medium for dancing. The sky's the limit. You can do wonderfully imaginative things with film. It's like being a magician. In my heyday, I could only do about four pirouettes without starting to fall, but with film, I could do a dozen by cutting and editing. The magic of film is that you can create anything you want. See more »


First wife Miriam Franklin (nee Frankel) was a specialty film dancer from Broadway ("Panama Hattie"). Married in 1941, she worked in Hollywood while Gene served in the Army. He joined her later and she was instrumental in helping him work up his innovative dance routines on film. See more »

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