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Judd Nelson Biography

Birth Name:
Judd Asher Nelson
Birth Place:
Portland, Maine, United States
Actor, screenwriter

Fast Facts

  • His mother was a former member of the Maine State Legislature
  • Acted with the Shoestring Shakespeare Company
  • Left Haverford College during his sophomore year to move to New York City, where he studied acting under the tutelage of famed instructor Stella Adler
  • Star-making role came in 1985 in John Hughes' popular coming-of-age flick The Breakfast Club
  • Was one of the members of a group of young performers during the '80s called the Brat Pack, including Demi Moore, Andrew McCarthy, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Emilio Estevez and Rob Lowe
  • Garnered positive reviews for his role as cynical Alec Newbary in 1985's St
  • Elmo's Fire
  • Made screenwriting debut with 1994's Every Breath, in which he also starred
  • In 1996, was cast as Brooke Shields' sports-obsessed editor Jack Richmond in the NBC sitcom Suddenly Susan


  • 1988Golden Globe-Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: nominated


  • Kelly Stafford -- Ex-significant Other
  • Leonard Nelson -- Father
  • Merle Nelson -- Mother
  • Eve Nelson -- Sister
  • Julie Nelson Forsyth -- Sister