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Also Known As: Oswald George Nelson Died: June 3, 1975
Born: March 20, 1906 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA Profession: bandleader, actor, director, songwriter, singer, producer, screenwriter

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Ozzie Nelson worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. In his early acting career, Nelson appeared in such films as "The Big Street" (1942) with Henry Fonda, "Take It Big" (1944) and "People Are Funny" (1946). He continued to work in film in the fifties and the seventies, directing motion pictures like the Ricky Nelson comedic adaptation "Love and Kisses" (1965). Following that project, he worked on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (1952-1966), "Adam-12" (1968-1975) and "The D.A." (1971-72). Nelson also directed the Ricky Nelson comedy adaptation "Love and Kisses" (1965). In addition to his directing, Nelson also appeared on-screen in "Here Come the Nelsons" (1952). Nelson last directed "Ozzie's Girls" (1973-74). Nelson was married to Harriet Hilliard and had three sons, David Nelson%s%s%s, David Ozzie Nelson, and Eric Hilliard Nelson. Ozzie Nelson passed away in June 1975 at the age of 69.

Ozzie Nelson worked in a variety of genres and built up a diverse and reputable career. In his early acting career, Nelson appeared in such films as "The Big Street" (1942) with Henry Fonda, "Take It Big" (1944) and "People Are Funny" (1946). He continued to work in film in the fifties and the seventies, directing motion pictures like the Ricky Nelson comedic adaptation "Love and Kisses" (1965). Following that project, he worked on "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" (1952-1966), "Adam-12" (1968-1975) and "The D.A." (1971-72). Nelson also directed the Ricky Nelson comedy adaptation "Love and Kisses" (1965). In addition to his directing, Nelson also appeared on-screen in "Here Come the Nelsons" (1952). Nelson last directed "Ozzie's Girls" (1973-74). Nelson was married to Harriet Hilliard and had three sons, David Nelson%s%s%s, David Ozzie Nelson, and Eric Hilliard Nelson. Ozzie Nelson passed away in June 1975 at the age of 69.

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DIRECTOR:

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  Love and Kisses (1965) Director
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  Ozzie's Girls (1972) Director

CAST: (feature film)

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 The Impossible Years (1968) Dr. Herbert Fleischer
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 Here Come the Nelsons (1952) Ozzie Nelson
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 People Are Funny (1946) Leroy Brinker
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 Take It Big (1944)
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 Honeymoon Lodge (1943)
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 The Big Street (1942)
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 Strictly in the Groove (1942) Ozzie
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 Sweetheart of the Campus (1941) Ozzie Norton
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 Ozzie's Girls (1972) Ozzie Nelson
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1911:
Joined his parents' act at age five
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Formed a dance band while in college
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After graduation, toured as bandleader and crooner
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Hired Harriet Hilliard as a girl singer to tour with his band in the early 1930s
1937:
With wife Harriet Hilliard Nelson, moved to Hollywood; hosted radio show "Seeing Stars"
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Returned to live in NYC
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Continued touring with his band
1940:
Made his feature film debut, appearing briefly with his orchestra in the Bette Davis dramatic vehicle, "The Letter," directed by William Wyler
1941:
Moved permanently to California
1941:
Played his first leading role in a feature film, "Sweetheart of the Campus"
1941:
With wife, spent three seasons as regulars on Red Skelton's radio program
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Created and starred in the radio show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"
1945:
Last feature film appearance for seven years, "People Are Funny"
1952:
Starred in a feature version of his family's radio show, "Here Comes the Nelsons"; the film also marked Nelson's first screenplay credit, co-written with brother Don
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Starred in the long-running ABC sitcom, "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet"
1965:
Wrote, produced and directed his first and only feature, "Love and Kisses," starring his son Ricky Nelson and Rick's wife Kris Harmon
1967:
Underwent first treatment for cancer; had malignant tumor removed from his colon
1968:
Last feature film appearance, "The Impossible Years"
1974:
Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer
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Education

Rutgers State University: New Brunswick , New Jersey -
Rutgers State University: New Brunswick , New Jersey -

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wife:
Harriet Hilliard. Actor, singer. Married from October 8, 1935 until his death; born on July 18, 1909; had been married briefly.

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father:
George W Nelson. Bank clerk, amateur entertainer. Died on March 20, 1927 at age 48.
mother:
Ethel Irene Orr. Entertainer. Married George Nelson in March 1903.
brother:
Alfred Nelson. Born in 1904.
brother:
Donald Nelson. Born c. 1927; survived him; was present at Harriet Hilliard Nelson's death bed in 1994.
son:
David Ozzie Nelson. Actor, producer, director. Born on October 24, 1936 in NYC; married to actors June Blair and Yvonne O'Connor Huston; besides acting in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" on TV also performed in features including "Peyton Place" (1957) and "The Big Show" (1961).
son:
Eric Hilliard Nelson. Singer, actor, musician, composer. Born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey; died in plane crash in DeKalb, Texas, on December 31, 1985; was major rock'n'roll star from the late 1950s through the early 70s; several dozen song hits included "Travellin' Man" and "Garden Party"; besdies acting in "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" was also in features including "Rio Bravo" and "The Wackiest Ship in the Army" (1960); was married to actor Kristin Harmon Tinker; father of Matthew, Gunnar, Tracy and Sam Nelson.
granddaughter:
Tracy Nelson. Actor, singer. Born on October 25, 1963.
grandson:
Matthew Nelson. Singer. Born on September 20, 1967; father, Rick Nelson, mother Kris Tinker (nee Harmon); twin of Gunnar Nelson, with whom he formed the pop duo Nelson; was for a time involved with Erin Everly, daughter of Don Everly and Venetia Stevenson.
grandson:
Gunnar Nelson. Singer. Born on September 20, 1967; father Rick Nelson, mother Kris Tinker (nee Harmon); twin of Matthew Nelson, with whom he formed the pop duo Nelson.
grandson:
Sam Nelson. Born in 1974.
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