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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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Provided audio commentaries for the colorized DVD releases of Reefer Madness (1936) (Reefer Madness), Night of the Living Dead (1968), House on Haunted Hill (1959), Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), The Little Shop of Horrors (1960) and Swing Parade of 1946 (1946). See more »

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Alternate Names:

Michael Nelson | Mike Nelson


6' 1" (1.85 m)

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[Talking about the film Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966)]: "We [the writers] started watching it, and had never seen anything like that. We kept saying to ourselves, 'There is no way we can do this movie, it is just too bizarre.' But we finally decided, 'No, we must bring this to the world.'" See more »


Joel Hodgson chose him to be his replacement as the host of Mystery Science Theater 3000 because he was impressed with his leadership skills, his music skills and the fact that he looked great standing next to the show's puppets. See more »

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