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‘Ozzie & Harriet’ Writer Don Nelson Dies at 86

11 September 2013 4:47 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Don Nelson, brother of the late Ozzie Nelson and the co-writer of 216 episodes of classic sitcom “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” (pictured above), which centered on the Nelson family, died of an aortic aneurysm on Tuesday in Studio City, Calif. Nelson, who had Parkinson’s disease, was 86.

Nelson also penned the 1952 feature “Here Come the Nelsons”; episodes of shows including “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir,” “Julia” and “Nanny and the Professor”; and Disney features including “Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo” and “Hot Lead and Cold Feet.”

The beloved but anything but adventurous “Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” ran from 1952-1966; according to the Los Angeles Times, it was Don Nelson who came up with Ricky Nelson’s trademark line “I don’t mess around, boy.”

His last writing credit was on the 1993 series “Droopy: Master Detective.”

Nelson was also a jazz musician, singing and playing sax; he released two albums in the »

- Variety Staff

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