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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.
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Joined his parents' act at age five
With wife Harriet Hilliard Nelson, moved to Hollywood; hosted radio show "Seeing Stars"
Made his feature film debut, appearing briefly with his orchestra in the Bette Davis dramatic vehicle, "The Letter," directed by William Wyler
Moved permanently to California
Played his first leading role in a feature film, "Sweetheart of the Campus"
With wife, spent three seasons as regulars on Red Skelton's radio program
Last feature film appearance for seven years, "People Are Funny"
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
Wrote, produced and directed his first and only feature, "Love and Kisses," starring his son Ricky Nelson and Rick's wife Kris Harmon
Underwent first treatment for cancer; had malignant tumor removed from his colon
Last feature film appearance, "The Impossible Years"
Diagnosed with terminal liver cancer