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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Died in Los Angeles, California, USA  (colon cancer)
Birth NameDavid Oswald Nelson
Nickname Dave

Mini Bio (2)

David Nelson was born 24 October 1936, New York, New York to Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson. He attended Hollywood High School.

David was a film producer in Newport Beach and also directed several episodes of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952).

He started his own commercial production company.

David had two boys by ex-wife, June Blair. Daniel Blair Nelson was born on August 20, 1962 and James Eric Nelson was born June 8, 1966 (both in Burbank, California at St. Joseph's Hospital)

He married Yvonne O'Connor Huston in 1975, adopting her three children. His stepdaughter Teri Nelson was once married to game show host Chuck Woolery.

His twin nephews Matthew and Gunnar perform as The Nelsons. Matthew Nelson also performs with Red37 and Gunnar Nelson is a radio host. Nephew Sam Nelson sings in h is orange and Niece Tracy Nelson is an accomplished actress.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Me!!!

David Nelson was the eldest son of actor and bandleader Ozzie and singer Harriet Hilliard and the older brother to pop star Ricky Nelson. They worked on Red Skeleton's radio show. Rick was born in 1940, the year before the Nelsons moved permanently to Hollywood. After Ozzie and Harriet launched their radio show in 1944, David and Rick would accompany their parents to their live broadcasts. They had no show business aspirations, but when they heard that their young friend, Lindsay Crosby was going to make a guest appearance with his father, Bing, in an episode of the show in December 1948, David and Rick lobbied their parents to let them appear as well. Ozzie and Harriet finally agreed to let them play David and Ricky in the preview show before a studio audience but not the actual broadcast. As Harriet told in interview; "You're not anxious to put your career in the hands of kids." The boys did not disappoint their parents, "They just opened their mouths and you never heard such laughs, Ricky sounded like a pipsqueak!" David and Ricky joined Ozzie and Harriet's radio show Here Come The Nelsons in its fifth year, after both became old enough to perform. In 1952, the entire family appeared alongside Rock Hudson in the feature film Here Come The Nelsons, the success of which prompted ABC to go ahead and move the Nelsons' show from radio to television, where it became a hit, running for 14 seasons on the network-setting the record for longest-running sitcom, which The Simpsons broke in 2004. David also produced and directed several episodes, and in addition to his work on Ozzie And Harriet, he had appearances in movies and TV shows like Peyton Place, The Big Circus, Cheech And Chong's Up In Smoke (as a doorman at the Roxy), The Love Boat, and High School U.S.A., while his directing credits included Childish Things, Death Screams, Last Plane Out, and A Rare Breed. Nelson's last on-screen appearance was in John Waters' Cry-Baby, playing the father to Traci Lords' Wanda. He was awarded a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Anonymous

Spouse (2)

Yvonne O'Connor Huston (3 September 1975 - 11 January 2011) ( his death)
June Blair (20 May 1961 - 1 June 1975) ( divorced) ( 2 children)

Trivia (17)

Son of Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson. Nephew of Don Nelson.
Older brother of actor/singer Ricky Nelson.
Adopted father of Teri Nelson, who was married to Chuck Woolery.
Married June Blair at Forest Lawn Memorial Park's Church of the Hills. Brother Ricky Nelson was Best Man.
In December 2002 he was stopped by a ticket agent at John Wayne Airport in Orange, CA, after letters in the name "David Nelson" were red flagged for terrorists. Two police officers recognized him and allowed him to board his flight.
Stepfather of producer/assistant director John Nelson.
Growing up on his family's television series, his character wound up becoming a lawyer before the series ended. In real-life, David took an interest in directing and cut his teeth directing a number of episodes for his father on the series.
The radio show began without the Nelson boys. Ozzie Nelson and Harriet Nelson were hesitant about steering them into show business. However, after a young friend, Lindsay Crosby, made a guest appearance on the radio program with his father, Bing Crosby, the boys campaigned to have their parents let them appear. Ozzie and Harriet eventually relented and the boys were a success especially, when the show transferred to television.
He and brother Ricky Nelson were once dubbed "The Crown Princes of Radio" by Radio Life magazine.
He and brother Ricky Nelson made their film debuts in the family feature Here Come the Nelsons (1952), a comedy released about eight months before the family debuted on television.
For the film The Big Circus (1959), he had to learn how to be a catcher in a trapeze act. He later appeared professionally as a catcher.
His mother, singer-actress Harriet Nelson, appeared with him in the dramatic film Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976).
Father of Daniel and James Blair from his first marriage. Adopted his second wife's three children from their marriage.
Following his death he was cremated and interred at Westwood Village Memorial Park in Los Angeles, CA.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1501 Vine St. on May 9, 1996.
Profiled in the 2016 book "X Child Stars: Where Are They Now?" by Kathy Garver and Fred Ascher.

Personal Quotes (3)

We would keep up the front of this totally problemless, happy-go-lucky group. There might have been a tremendous battle in our home, but if someone from outside came in, it would be as if the director yelled, "Roll 'em". We'd fall right into our stage roles.
It's an awfully big load to carry, to be everyone's fantasy family.
[on his lack of sibling rivalry over Rick's larger fanbase] We were 3 1/2 years apart, so when Rick was funny I laughed with everyone else. And when he became a popular singer, I rooted for him.

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