Ralph Nelson


Director

About

Also Known As
R. W. Nelson
Birth Place
Long Island City, New York, USA
Born
August 12, 1916
Died
December 21, 1987
Cause of Death
Cancer

Biography

Theater actor and director who began working in TV in the 1950s and made his feature debut with "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1962), the film version of a Rod Serling teleplay he had previously directed. Divorced from actress Celeste Holm....

Family & Companions

Celeste Holm
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Notes

He was a fighter pilot in Air Force during WWII.

He received a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Columbia University.

Biography

Theater actor and director who began working in TV in the 1950s and made his feature debut with "Requiem for a Heavyweight" (1962), the film version of a Rod Serling teleplay he had previously directed. Divorced from actress Celeste Holm.

Filmography

 

Director (Feature Film)

You Can't Go Home Again (1979)
Director
Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979)
Director
Lady of the House (1978)
Director
A Hero Ain't Nothin' But A Sandwich (1977)
Director
Embryo (1976)
Director
The Wilby Conspiracy (1975)
Director
The Wrath of God (1972)
Director
Flight of the Doves (1971)
Director
Soldier Blue (1970)
Director
...tick...tick...tick... (1970)
Director
Counterpoint (1968)
Director
Charly (1968)
Director
Duel at Diablo (1966)
Director
Once a Thief (1965)
Director
Fate Is the Hunter (1964)
Director
Father Goose (1964)
Director
Soldier in the Rain (1963)
Director
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Director
Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Director

Cast (Feature Film)

Soldier Blue (1970)
Indian agent
Charly (1968)
Convention speaker
Counterpoint (1968)
Belgian officer
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Mr. Ashton

Cinematography (Feature Film)

Friday Night Lights (2004)
Stills Photographer

Writer (Feature Film)

Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979)
Screenwriter
The Wrath of God (1972)
Written for Screen by
Flight of the Doves (1971)
Screenwriter

Producer (Feature Film)

Christmas Lilies of the Field (1979)
Executive Producer
Flight of the Doves (1971)
Producer
...tick...tick...tick... (1970)
Producer
Charly (1968)
Producer
Duel at Diablo (1966)
Producer
Lilies of the Field (1963)
Producer
The Loves of Carmen (1948)
Associate Producer

Art Department (Feature Film)

Aliens Are Coming (1980)
Set Decorator

Film Production - Main (Feature Film)

Giant (1956)
Unit Manager
Bahama Passage (1941)
Assistant prod Manager
Christmas in July (1940)
Bus Manager
The Great McGinty (1940)
Unit Manager
You and Me (1938)
Bus Manager

Production Companies (Feature Film)

Charly (1968)
Company
Duel at Diablo (1966)
Company

Director (Special)

The Jazz Singer (1959)
Director
Cinderella (1957)
Director
Justice (1953)
Director

Cinematography (Special)

Gadgets (2000)
Camera Operator

Cast (Short)

The Background Beat (1965)
Himself

Life Events

Videos

Movie Clip

Once A Thief (1965) - He's Going Back First scene for Van Heflin as San Francisco police inspector Vido and his partner (Steve Mitchell), at the scene of a murder and holdup (conducted by, we’ll soon learn, Alain Delon), revealing some history and tangling with his boss (Jeff Corey), in director Ralph Nelson’s Once A Thief, 1965.
Once A Thief (1965) - Can I Sit In The Rumble Seat? First scene in which we can identify Alain Delon as Eddie, pretty-well confirming he committed a holdup and murder, followed by the cops, collecting his daughter (Tammy Locke) and wife Ann-Margret, who relates a memory that sure seems to refer to her own Swedish father, early in Once A Thief, 1965.
Once A Thief (1965) - I Don't Need You San Francisco ex-con Eddie (Alain Delon), who we know is committing armed robberies on his own, nonetheless pushes back when his gangster brother Walter (Jack Palance), with his hoodlum sidekick (John Davis Chandler), offers him a job, pleasing Eddie’s wife (Ann-Margret), in Once A Thief, 1965.
Lilies Of The Field (1963) - God Sets A Mighty Poor Table We still don’t know much about Homer Smith (Sidney Poitier), maybe an itinerant handyman in Arizona, except that he wanted to be paid, rather than be asked to stay to dinner with the band of European nuns, led by Lilia Skala as Mother Maria, early in Lilies Of The Field, 1963.
Flight Of The Doves (1971) - Always Going On About Ireland Opening introduces Jack Wild as Finn and Helen Raye as younger sister Derval, their idyll interrupted by their comical mean stepfather whom they call “Uncle” Toby (William Rushton), in director Ralph Nelson’s Flight Of The Doves, 1971, from the story by Walter Macken, co-starring Ron Moody.
Flight Of The Doves (1971) - If The Children Are Not Found Introduced in legal papers in the previous scene as the sole rival to the orphan kid heroes for their grandfather’s legacy, Ron Moody (known for playing Fagin in Oliver!, 1968), appears as night club actor “Hawk” Dove, doing a Jekyll & Hyde routine, early in Flight Of The Doves, 1971.
Flight Of The Doves (1971) - You Don't Have To Be Irish To Be Irish Just fanfare, Ralph Nelson directing, also credited with the lyric as Alph Elson, the music by composer Roy Budd, young stars Jack Wild and Helen Raye romping with local extras and bands, shooting at Phoenix Park in Dublin, in Flight Of The Doves, 1971.
Flight Of The Doves (1971) - We Might Have Made It Disguised now in opposite genders, English runaways Finn and Derval (Jack Wild, Helen Raye) have evaded capture again but think they’re done for and will never reach their Irish grandmother, when good fortune strikes, Dorothy McGuire greeting them, near the climax in Flight Of The Doves, 1971.
Flight Of The Doves (1971) - The Far Off Place English runaways Finn and Derval (Jack Wild, Helen Raye) captured by friendly Irish tinkers, Barry Keegan and as his daughter, Dana, the English-born Irish pop singer who had just won the Eurovision Song Contest, her song here by prodigy Roy Budd and Brendan O’Dbuil, in Flight Of The Doves, 1971.
Father Goose (1964) - Open, Pass Me By Opening with an an original song by Cy Coleman and Caroline Leigh (which became a hit for Peggy Lee), a rough Cary Grant is introduced as the title character, then Jack Good and Trevor Howard as British officers evacuating Papua, New Guinea, ca. 1942, Ralph Nelson directing Father Goose, 1964, co-starring Leslie Caron.
Father Goose (1964) - Thanks For Volunteering British officer Houghton (Trevor Howard), with aide Stebbins (Jack Good) tricking Papua, New Guinea American layabout Walter (Cary Grant, title character) into using his pilfered yacht to become a coast-watcher, observing the 1942 Japanese invasion, in Father Goose, 1964, co-starring Leslie Caron.
Father Goose (1964) - If You're Waiting For The Big Finalè... Sent to a neighboring island seeking a fellow WWII shore-watcher, Cary Grant as booze-seeking Walter (title character) unexpectedly found a French teacher (Leslie Caron) and her charges, as he now explains to Cmdr. Houghton (Trevor Howard) his British overseer, in Father Goose, 1964.

Trailer

Companions

Celeste Holm
Wife
Actor. Divorced.

Bibliography

Notes

He was a fighter pilot in Air Force during WWII.

He received a Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Columbia University.