- 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 The Letter, 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 Ozzie 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.
- Alfred Nelson — Brother
- Donald Nelson — Brother
- George Waldemar Nelson — Father
- Harriet Nelson — Wife
- David Nelson — Son
- Ethel Irene Orr Nelson — Mother
- Ricky Nelson — Son
- Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States (1928); Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, School of Law, Newark, New Jersey, United States (1930)
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