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David Nelson, who was the last surviving member of the 1950s sitcom "Ozzie and Harriet," has died, the Los Angeles Times reports. He was 74. The cause was colon cancer, Nelson's publicist, Dale Olson, told the paper. Nelson died Tuesday at his home in Century City, California. "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" originally debuted on the radio, in 1944, with Nelson's real-life parents Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Hilliard. Nelson [pictured, top] and his younger brother Ricky [bottom] replaced the child actors portraying them in 1949. In 1952, the show moved to television »
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"Ozzie and Harriet" ran for 15 seasons and 435 episodes. Real-life family Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Rick Nelson and David Nelson played themselves for all 435 episodes and even got started before that as a radio show called "Here Come the Nelsons." David was the last surviving member of the TV family.
David married his first wife, actress June Blair, in the early 1960s and she even became his TV wife on the show. His last appearance on screen was as Traci Lords' father (and opposite Patty Hearst) in the 1990 Johnny Depp movie "Cry Baby."
Nelson is survived by his wife, Yvonne, four sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren and he is the uncle to twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson »
Hollywood mourns the loss of actor David Nelson who died January 11 at the age of 74. Today, the TV icon's nephew, recording artist Gunnar Nelson, spoke on behalf of his family in regards to David's passing. "On behalf of the Rick Nelson family- Matthew, Tracy, Sam, and myself, I would like to extend our collective and heartfelt sympathies to our Uncle David's wife Yvonne, Sons John, Danny, Eric, James, daughter Teri, and all the grandchildren," said Gunnar, the son of rock legend Rick Nelson. "We will all miss Uncle Dave's laughter and evolved sense of humor. I'm sure that Grandpa Ozzie, Grandma Harriet, and our Pop Rick were all waiting for him to welcome him Home when his time came. His passing is a great loss to the Nelson family as well as to the whole world- but I'm certain that his legacy will endure for generations to come. Our thanks »
Actor David Nelson has died after suffering complications from colon cancer. He was 74 years old.
Nelson, best known for starring on his parents' TV hit The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, passed away on Monday at his home in Los Angeles.
He was the last surviving member of the real-life TV family, whose U.S. sitcom ran on the small screen from 1952 to 1966.
Nelson attended the University of Southern California before convincing his parents to allow him to act on the show, along with his teen idol brother Ricky.
The actor is survived by his wife, Yvonne, four sons and a daughter, according to the Associated Press. A memorial service will be held in Los Angeles' Pierce Brothers Westwood Mortuary on Thursday. »
David Nelson's family was actually way ahead of its time. As stars of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and their sons David and Ricky were doing a sitcom-as-a-play-on-real-life a few years before Lucy and Desi and decades before Larry David took the idea to HBO. And they lasted 14 seasons! Sadly, David Nelson, the surviving member of the quintessential 1950s-era family of four, died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home after battling colon cancer. He was 74. Even before Ozzie and Harriet ended its run on ABC in 1966 (it was in color by then!), David had started a solo acting career, appearing in the classic 1957 film Peyton Place, as well as B-movies like -30-, Day of the Outlaw »
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