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Ralph Nelson (I) (1916–1987)


In 1959, Emmy Award-winning television director Ralph Nelson directed a 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," with John Neville as the Dane, for the DuPont Show of the Month. Nelson himself adapted the 1601 Quatro (the "pirated" version considered corrupt) in order to make a coherent production of a play that uncut, runs four hours. The ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 6 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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(1963)
Charly Director
(1968)
Once a Thief Director
(1965)

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 1979 Christmas Lilies of the Field (TV Movie)
 1979 You Can't Go Home Again (TV Movie)
 1978 Lady of the House (TV Movie)
 1978 Because He's My Friend (TV Movie)
 1976 Embryo
 1970 Soldier Blue
 1968 Charly
 1968 Counterpoint
 1965 Once a Thief
 1965 The Man Who Bought Paradise (TV Movie)
 1964 Father Goose
 1963 The Farmer's Daughter (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1962 The DuPont Show of the Week (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1955-1962 General Electric Theater (TV Series) (4 episodes)
- Mister Doc (1962)
- Let It Rain (1955)
 1961 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Three Soldiers (1961)
- John J. Diggs (1961)
 1961 The Defenders (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1960-1961 Play of the Week (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Black Monday (1961)
- Legend of Lovers (1960)
 1961 What About Linda? (TV Special)
 1960-1961 The Witness (TV Series) (2 episodes)
- Jimmy Hines (1961)
- Bugsy Siegel (1960)
 1960 The Twilight Zone (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1960 Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1959 Startime (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Jazz Singer (1959)
 1956-1959 Playhouse 90 (TV Series) (11 episodes)
- Out of Dust (1959)
- The Nutcracker (1958)
 1957-1959 The DuPont Show of the Month (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Hamlet (1959)
- Junior Miss (1957)
 1956-1958 Climax! (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- Cabin B-13 (1958)
 1951-1958 Studio One in Hollywood (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Public Servant (1951)
- Track of the Cat (1951)
 1958 Shower of Stars (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #4.5 (1958)
 1957 Blood Money (TV Movie)
 1957 Cinderella (TV Special)
 1956 Ford Star Jubilee (TV Series) (1 episode)
- This Happy Breed (1956)
 1956 Front Row Center (TV Series) (12 episodes)
- The Human Touch (1956)
- Instant of Truth (1956)
- Hawk's Head (1956)
 1955 Crossroads (TV Series) (1 episode)
 1953-1954 The Motorola Television Hour (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Atomic Attack (1954)
- Brandenburg Gate (1953)
 1953 The Plymouth Playhouse (TV Series) (3 episodes)
- Hogan's Daughter (1953)
- Justice (1953)
 1953 Medallion Theatre (TV Series) (2 episodes)
 1953 Omnibus (TV Series) (1 episode)
- The Gold Dress (1953) ... (segment "The Gold Dress")
 1949-1950 Mama (TV Series) (5 episodes)
- Queen of the Bee (1950)
- Episode #1.1 (1949)
 1950 Celebrity Time (TV Series) (1 episode)
- Episode #3.1 (1950)
 1950 The Stage Door (TV Series) (8 episodes)
- Episode #1.8 (1950)
- Episode #1.7 (1950)
- Episode #1.6 (1950)
- Episode #1.5 (1950)
- Episode #1.4 (1950)
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Stage Play: False Dreams, Farewell. Drama. Written by Hugh Stanislaus Stange. Scenic Design by Arne Lundborg. Directed by Frank Merlin. Little Theatre: 15 Jan 1934- Feb 1934 (closing date unknown/25 performances). Cast: Kirk Ames (as "Radio Voice"), Glenn Anders (as "Eugene Cabot"), Adora Andrews (as "Miss Rhinebeck"), Homer Barton (as "Mr... See more »

Alternate Names:

Alf Elson
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As a boy in New York in the Depression era he was a hell-raiser and the despair of his parents. Judge Ferdinand Pecora described him as "potentially the most juvenile criminal in New York". A teacher at Bryant High School got him interested in drama as an outlet for his energy. Ralph later said, "That teacher saved my life". See more »

Star Sign:

Leo

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