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Michael J. Nelson

Michael J. Nelson is the former host and writer of the Emmy-nominated, Peabody Award-winning Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988). Since that time, he has appeared on numerous radio and TV shows, penned a regular column for TV Guide, and authored best-selling books for both HarperCollins and Abrams. His first book, Mike Nelson's Movie Megacheese, ... See full bio »
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 2014 VeggieTales in the House (TV Series)
 2014 RiffTrax Live: Sharknado (Video)
 2007 Max the Hero (Short)
 2004 Cheap Seats: Without Ron Parker (TV Series) (one episode)
 2001 Mr. B's Lost Shorts (Video) (head writer)
 2001 Let's Bowl (TV Series)
 2001 The Adventures of Edward the Less (TV Mini-Series)
 2000 Assignment: Venezuela and Other Shorts (Video) (head writer)
  Mystery Science Theater 3000 (TV Series) (head writer - 164 episodes, 1990 - 1999) (written by - 13 episodes, 1989 - 1990)
- Merlin's Shop of Mystical Wonders (1999) ... (head writer)
- Diabolik (1999) ... (head writer)
- Squirm (1999) ... (head writer)
- Horrors of Spider Island (1999) ... (head writer)
- It Lives by Night (1999) ... (head writer)
 1998 Let's Bowl (TV Series) (writer)
 1995 MST3K Little Gold Statue Preview Special (TV Special) (head writer)
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Authored the Novel: Death Rat See more »

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5 Articles | 1 Magazine Cover Photo | See more »

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Alternate Names:

Michael Nelson | Mike Nelson


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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[on dressing up as Star Trek: Voyager (1995)'s Capt. Kathryn Janeway in MST3K episode "Laserblast"]: "It is a small comfort to me that no matter how talented the make-up artist, how good the costume, how expert the lighting, I don't look anymore like a woman than Fred Gwynn does, without make-up." See more »


Living in Minneapolis area, writing essays about bad movies, etc. for magazines and online magazines. Has two books of collected essays published. See more »

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