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Gene Nelson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Gene Nelson was an American dancer, actor, screenwriter, and director. Born Leander Eugene Berg in Astoria, Oregon, he moved to Seattle when he was a year old. He was inspired to become a dancer by watching Fred Astaire when he was a child. After serving in the Army during World War II during which he also performed in the musical This Is the Army, Nelson landed his first Broadway role in Lend an Ear, for which he received the Theatre World Award. He also appeared onstage in Follies, which garnered him a Tony Award nomination, and Good News. Nelson's longtime professional dance partner during the 1950s was actress JoAnn Dean Killingsworth. Gene Nelson co-starred with Doris Day in "Lullaby of Broadway" in 1951. He played Will Parker in the film Oklahoma! In 1959, he appeared in Northwest Passage as a young man trying to prove his innocence in a murder case. Nelson appeared on the March 17, 1960 episode of "You Bet Your Life", hosted by Groucho Marx. He and Groucho's daughter, Melinda, performed a dance number together. Nelson directed eight episodes of The Rifleman in the 1961-62 season, the original Star Trek, the first season of I Dream of Jeannie, Gunsmoke, The Silent Force, and The San Pedro Beach Bums. He directed the Elvis Presley films Kissin' Cousins, which screenplay he wrote, and Harum Scarum. For the Kissin' Cousins screenplay he received a WGA award nomination for best written musical. He later taught in the Theater Arts Department at San Francisco State University in the late 1980s. He starred as Buddy in the 1971 Broadway musical Follies, for which he received a 1972 Tony Award nomination for Featured Actor In A Musical. The production featured a score by Stephen Sondheim and was co-directed by Michael Bennett and Harold Prince. For contribution to the motion picture industry, in 1990, Nelson was inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Nelson's star is located at 7005 Hollywood Boulevard. Description above from the Wikipedia article Gene Nelson, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

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Mar 24, 1920 In Seattle, Washington
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Second Fiddle 1939-06-30
Latest Project:
Series Murder, She Wrote 1984-09-30
Known For
Poster of Ironside
Poster of Have Gun, Will Travel
Poster of Apartment for Peggy
Poster of The Ed Sullivan Show
Series Murder, She Wrote Unknown 1984-09-30
Movie S.O.B. Clive Lytell 1981-07-01
Movie A Brand New Life Harry 1973-02-20
Series Circle of Fear Unknown 1972-09-15
Series The Streets of San Francisco Unknown 1972-09-23
Movie Family Flight Aircraft Carrier Captain 1972-10-25
Series The Mod Squad Unknown 1968-09-24
Series Ironside Unknown 1967-03-28
Movie Thunder Island Billy Poole 1963-08-24
Series Burke's Law Unknown 1963-09-20
Movie 20,000 Eyes Dan Warren 1961-06-14
Movie The Purple Hills Gil Shepard 1961-10-31
Series Black Saddle Unknown 1959-01-10
Series Men into Space Unknown 1959-09-30
Series Rawhide Unknown 1959-01-09
Series Law of the Plainsman Unknown 1959-10-01
Series The Detectives Unknown 1959-10-16
Series Philip Marlowe Unknown 1959-10-06
Series Bat Masterson Unknown 1958-10-08
Series Have Gun, Will Travel Unknown 1957-09-14
Series Maverick Unknown 1957-09-22
Series The Steve Allen Show Unknown 1956-06-24
Movie Oklahoma! Will Parker 1955-10-10
Series The Millionaire Unknown 1955-01-19
Series Gunsmoke Unknown 1955-09-10
Series Matinee Theater Unknown 1955-10-31
Movie Dial 999 Greg Carradine 1955-12-01
Movie Timeslip Mike Delaney 1955-11-01
Series Climax! Unknown 1954-10-07
Movie So This Is Paris Al Howard 1954-12-30
Series General Electric Theater Unknown 1953-02-01
Movie She's Back on Broadway Gordon Evans 1953-03-14
Movie Three Sailors and a Girl Twitch 1953-11-23
Movie Crime Wave Steve Lacey 1953-10-22
Movie She's Working Her Way Through College Don Weston 1952-07-09
Movie Painting The Clouds With Sunshine Ted 1951-10-10
Movie Lullaby of Broadway Tom Farnham 1951-03-26
Series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars Unknown 1951-10-05
Movie Starlift Gene Nelson 1951-12-14
Series Hallmark Hall of Fame Unknown 1951-12-24
Series Your Show of Shows Unknown 1950-02-25
Movie The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Doug Martin 1950-03-30
Movie Tea for Two Tommy Trainor 1950-09-01
Movie The West Point Story Hal Courtland 1950-11-25
Series The Colgate Comedy Hour Unknown 1950-09-10
Series The Ed Sullivan Show Unknown 1948-06-20
Movie Apartment for Peggy Jerry (uncredited) 1948-09-30
Movie The Walls of Jericho Legal Assistant 1948-11-22
Series Studio One Unknown 1948-11-07
Movie I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now Tommy Yale 1947-07-31
Movie This Is the Army Soldier (uncredited) 1943-08-14
Movie Second Fiddle Minor Role 1939-06-30
Movie Everything Happens at Night Skater 1939-12-22