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Oswald George Nelson
Jersey City, NJ
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Actor; bandleader; producer; writer; director; songwriter
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Ozzie Nelson Fast Facts:
At age 13, became one of the youngest Boy Scouts ever to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.
Was member of the elite fraternity the Cap and Skull at Rutgers University.
Formed a dance band while at Rutgers and took it on tour after his graduation.
Played three years of varsity football at Rutgers.
Made feature-film debut, with his band, in 1940's
, starring Bette Davis.
In 1941, he and wife, Harriet, began a three-year stint on Red Skelton's radio show.
In 1944, created and starred in the radio program
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
, which made the successful transition in 1952 to television.
Wrote, produced and directed the 1965 feature
Love and Kisses
, starring his son Ricky and Ricky's wife, Kris Harmon.
Revealed in his autobiography
that he was a lifelong atheist.
Ranked No. 21 in a June 2004 TV GUIDE list of the 50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time.
The address of his high-school alma mater in New Jersey is 1 Ozzie Nelson Drive.
Ozzie Nelson Relationships:
Ethel Irene Orr Nelson - Mother
George Waldemar Nelson - Father
Donald Nelson - Brother
Harriet Nelson - Wife
David Nelson - Son
Ricky Nelson - Son
Alfred Nelson - Brother
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ (1928); Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Law, Newark, NJ (1930)
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