David Nelson of 'Ozzie and Harriet' dies
The Associated Press has published this obituary for David Nelson:
David Nelson, who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died Jan. 11 of complications from colon cancer at his home in Los Angeles. He was 74.
Mr. Nelson (top right in the photo below) was the last remaining member of the Nelsons TV family, which included actor/bandleader Ozzie, his singer wife, Harriet Hilliard and his teen idol brother Rick (top left).
The show originated on radio in 1952 as "Here Come the Nelsons," then ran for 320 episodes on TV from 1952 to 1966 as "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" with some of the story lines taken from the stars' own lives. David Nelson also directed and produced numerous episodes of the show throughout its run.
"The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" was shot in the Nelson family home in the Hollywood foothills, which remains a popular attraction for visitors on Hollywood celebrity bus tours.
Born in New York City, David attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California.
His film credits included "Peyton Place," ''The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," ''The Big Circus," ''Day of the Outlaw," ''30,''''The Big Show," 'Love and Kisses and "Swing Out, Sweet Land." In 1976, he costarred with his mother in "Smash-Up on Interstate 5."
His television credits included "Up In Smoke," ''The Love Boat," ''High School USA," and "A Family For Joe." Directing credits included "O.K. Crackerby," ''Childish Things," ''Easy To Be Free," ''Ozzie's Girls," ''Death Screams," ''Last Plane Out," ''Goodnight Beantown" and "A Rare Breed."
Mr. Nelson also was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; four sons and a daughter; and seven grandchildren.
(Photo: Associated Press)
Here's the intro to an "Ozzie and Harriet" episode about the Nelson boys taking up a newspaper route (complete with a vintage commercial for 007 aftershave, hair dressing and cologne):
| January 12, 2011; 10:59 AM ET
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