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Date of Birth 1 July 1963West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA
Birth NameNelson Page Aspen Jr.
Nickname J.R.
Height 5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Nelson Aspen was born on July 1, 1963 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA as Nelson Page Aspen Jr. He is known for his work on Weekend Sunrise (2005), TV Guide Television (1999) and Sunrise (2003).

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The Brains and Brawn Workout

Trivia (19)

In the late 1980s, he privately coached Broadway legend Gwen Verdon ("Sweet Charity," "Chicago") in "Vogue" dancing.
Played "Larry" in the 1994 Los Angeles production of Lanford Wilson's "Burn This" at the Coast Playhouse.
He is a multiple marathon runner, having completed 18 marathons and scores of 5k, 10k and Half-Marathon races. Most of these benefit charitable organizations, notably AIDS Project Los Angeles (APLA), Camp Heartland, City Meals on Wheels and St. Jude Children's Hospital.
Auditioned for the role of "Jack" when Will & Grace (1998) was originally cast. Told he was "too Will" to be "Jack."
As a young actor he was coached and mentored by daytime TV icon Mary Stuart, with whom he worked on Search for Tomorrow (1951). When she joined the cast of Guiding Light (1952) in the role of Meta Bauer, Aspen wrote her a "bible" on the character's long history. The two remained close friends until her death.
Two months after the publication of his book, "Let's Dish Up A Dinner Party!" in 2004, Elle magazine selected him as one of its six "Good Time Gurus", along with Martha Stewart and Serena Bass. US Weekly named the book as one of its "Hot Picks."
In February, 2006, when Aspen's twice-daily live segments for Australia's Sunrise morning show were cut back to only one a day, over 7,000 phone calls came in during the three hour telecast to request him back for both live reports. He returned the next morning and resumed his original twice-daily schedule. He has added two more weekly reports for the new New Zealand breakfast show on TV3, coincidentally also called "Sunrise.".
His childhood favourite actress was Carol Lynley, whom he first met in the mid 1970s while she appeared on Broadway in "Absurd Person Singular". A life-long friendship resulted and they frequently appear together at press events, film festivals, etc.
The only non-Catholic in his class at Bishop Shanahan Catholic High School in Pennsylvania, Aspen graduated Valedictorian at age 16 and was voted "Class Actor.".
Nelson's designated charity for 2007 is Camp Heartland. Based in Wisconsin, Camp Heartland was founded by Neil Willenson in 1991 and operates education programs and summer camps for children living with HIV/AIDS. He has also supported APLA, City Meals on Wheels, the Childrens Cancer Institute of Australia and St Mary School for Children with Special Needs.
In 2006, Nelson became one of 300 athletes to be sponsored by the inaugural Snickers Marathon Team. His sponsorship was renewed for a second year in 2007 as part of their "talented team of 215 top age groupers" in the fields of Running, Cycling and Triathlon. In March 07, Nelson ran a Personal Best 26.2 mile time of 4:03:46 at the DC National Marathon and recently completed marathon #13 in Bermuda. With his producing partner, Holly Harter, he is developing a movie version of Marlin Keesler's running autobiography, "Our Life on the Run".
Beginning in October 2007, he joined the team of the New Zealand morning program (coincidentally named) "Sunrise" on TV3. As their Hollywood correspondent, he brought bi-weekly showbiz reports live from Los Angeles and the popularity of the segment resulted in the segment becoming a daily feature in August 2008.
Author of autobiography, "Hollywood Insider: Exposed!" from New Holland Publishers. Released in USA, February 2009.
A "bi-coastal" correspondent, Aspen maintains permanent residences in both Hollywood and Manhattan.
Appeared as himself in two of comedienne Deven Green's "Brenda Dickson" parody videos.
His fourth book, "Dinner at Nelson's: A Delicious Collection of Conversation & Cuisine," will be published by New Holland in 2011. Celebrity guests to include Tony Curtis, Carol Lynley, Ian Abercrombie, Deven Green, Sherry Stringfield, Cameron Daddo, Kassie & Jim DePaiva and many others.
His 2011 book, "Dinner at Nelson's," includes interviews with many entertainment and sports notables such as Sherry Stringfield, Cameron Daddo, Mindy Cohn, Carol Lynley, Kassie & Jim DePaiva, Gloria Allred, Dean Karnazes, Kathrine Switzer, Layne Beachley, Mimi Kennedy, Alison Arngrim, Ruta Lee and the final interview ever given by Tony Curtis.
His fifth book, "My Prime Time: Middle Age is Only the Beginning," was released in tandem with his 50th birthday in 2013 and features many notable "Middle Aged" stars such as Julianne Moore, Hugh Jackman, Jodie Foster, Brad Pitt and George Clooney.
In 2015, after selling out at Australia's Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Nelson performed his One Man Show at the iconic Sydney Opera House. He often appears in NYC musical gigs alongside other musical performers such as Broadway star Anita Gillette, with whom he appeared on TV's Search for Tomorrow.

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