Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

8/17/2014 (2 years ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

Nelson retired from acting in 1990s to teach acting, screenwriting

"Peyton Place," the classic 1960s TV series, paved the way for other prime-time soaps such as "Dallas" and "Dynasty." Ed Nelson, who played the doctor on the classic TV series, has died at his North Carolina home. Nelson was 85.

While racking up countless movie and TV roles, it was Ed Nelson's turn on 'Peyton Place' that gained him the most notice.

While racking up countless movie and TV roles, it was Ed Nelson's turn on "Peyton Place" that gained him the most notice.

Highlights

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/17/2014 (2 years ago)

Published in Celebrity

Keywords: Ed Nelson, Peyton Place, actor, movies, TV


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - A television, stage and film actor, Nelson's daughter-in-law, Asta Hansen, confirmed his death but did not provide a specific cause.

Born in New Orleans on Dec. 21, 1928, Nelson grew up in several places in the South. While still in high school, he joined the Navy and after military service attended Tulane University in New Orleans. He moved to New York to study acting and soon relocated to California.

SAVE Iraqi Christians from Genocide --

Nelson's early career in the 1950s included several of Roger Corman's low-budget B movies, such as "Swamp Women," "Attack of the Crab Monsters," "A Bucket of Blood" and "Teenage Caveman."

While racking up countless movie and TV roles, it was Nelson's turn on "Peyton Place" that gained him the most notice. Based on Grace Metalious' best-selling book, the TV drama revolved around the romantic relationships in a small New England town. Nelson played Dr. Michael Rossi during the series' entire 1964-1969 run on ABC.

Fifties' movie star Dorothy Malone at first received top billing; Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal were propelled to stardom by their appearances on the steamy serial. By the last season, Mr. Nelson's doctor character was mixed up in a murder trial.

Nelson rejoined several members of the 1960s-era cast for a 1985 reunion TV movie, "Peyton Place: The Next Generation."

Among his dozens of television appearances, Nelson frequently appeared as a guest star on such series as "Murder, She Wrote," "Rawhide," "Gunsmoke" and "Wagon Train." He also hosted "The Ed Nelson Show," a syndicated daytime talk show, in 1969 and was a regular on the short-lived 1970-71 crime drama "Silent Force." He also played Sen. Mark Denning in the CBS daytime soap "Capitol" in the 1980s.

Nelson also portrayed President Harry S. Truman in a national touring production of the one-man show "Give 'em Hell, Harry!"

Nelson largely retired from acting in the 1990s. Along with his wife, Patsy, whom he married in 1951, they returned to New Orleans, where they had met. He earned his bachelor's degree in media arts from Tulane in 2000 and taught acting and screenwriting at various colleges. He and his wife left New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, which struck in 2005.

Nelson published his memoir, "Beyond Peyton Place," in 2008. He is survived by his wife, six children, 14 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


Copyright 2016 - Distributed by THE CALIFORNIA NETWORK

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for August 2016
Universal:
Sports: That sports may be an opportunity for friendly encounters between peoples and may contribute to peace in the world.
Evangelization: Living the Gospel: That Christians may live the Gospel, giving witness to faith, honesty, and love of neighbor.



Comments


More Celebrity

Catholicism in Hollywood: Not as rare as you might think Watch

Image of Hollywood boasts more Catholics than one might think.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Drugs, sex and scandals surround many Hollywood stars, but many famous actors and actresses rise above it or work through it with help from their Catholic faith. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The media loves to show unflattering images of famous stars at their ... continue reading


'They cried out to the Lord in their distress': Actor Chris Pratt tweets prayer request Watch

Image of Actor Chris Pratt called for prayers for a child with brain cancer.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Actor Christ Pratt, known for his roles in "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Jurassic World," took to Twitter to respond to a fan's prayer request. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Tweet read: "@prattprattpratt would love a RT asking followers to say a prayer for a ... continue reading


'She basically played herself': Iconic Lois Lane actress dies at 95 Watch

Image of The world has lost another beautiful icon: Noel Neill (Pinterest).

By Monique Crawford (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Noel Darleen Neill, best known for her portrayal of Lois Lane in the original Superman television show, passed away of natural causes on Sunday, July 3, at 95-years-old. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to CNN, Neill's friend, manager and biographer, Larry ... continue reading


Lady Gaga fights Catholic Church Watch

Image of Lady Gaga upset about Catholic Church comments on her lifestyle.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Lady Gaga, known for her meat dress and outlandish outfits, has spoken out against Catholic blogger Becky Roach, who wrote an article criticizing celebrities who hypocritically claim they are faithful to God but continue to live stereotypical Hollywood lifestyles. LOS ... continue reading


Pope Francis hit with sexually-explicit abuse on Twitter after posting about Jesus Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Pope Francis became the victim of social media bullying after posting an inspirational tweet about Jesus. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - "Jesus Christ, the incarnation of God's mercy, out of love for us, died on the cross, and out of love he rose again from the ... continue reading


'All good things they say, never last:' Vatican remembers Prince Watch

Image of Vatican remembers Prince (individualism).

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

News of Prince's death swept the world in a firestorm, resulting in a sea of mourners and kind words from everyone - including the Vatican. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - According to the Catholic News Agency, the president of the Pontifical Council for Culture, ... continue reading


Was Shakespeare a secret Catholic? Watch

Image of Was William Shakespeare secretly Catholic during a period when Catholics were deeply persecuted (Wikipedia)?

By Ann Schneible (CNA/EWTN News)

April 23 marked the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, the playwright, poet, and actor widely considered to be the most influential literary figure in the English language. Rome, Italy (CNA/EWTN News) - Yet, there's one mystery which continues to ... continue reading


Did the flu kill Prince? Watch

Image of The flamboyant pop star, Prince, has died at age 57, possibly due to complications from the flu.

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

News is breaking that the artist, Prince, has died in his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota. The singer recently cancelled two shows because of the flu. LOS ANGELES, CA (California Network) - The music world has lost another legend. Prince, has been found dead in his ... continue reading


Catholic movie star, Mark Wahlberg reveals how important prayer and faith are in his life Watch

Image of

By Abigail James (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Hollywood star, Mark Wahlberg reveals how powerful faith is to his life during a personal interview with Square Mile. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Devout Catholic and star of popular movies, such as 'The Departed,' 'Ted' and the recently released 'Daddy's Home,' ... continue reading


Kim Kardashian ridiculed by ambassador for praying Watch

Image of Though Kim Kardashian is no role model, she still has a right to pray.

By Kenya Sinclair (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)

Azerbaijan's ambassador to the United States attacked Kim for wandering into matters that are "a little too serious for a reality TV star." LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Kim Kardashian, who rose to fame after the release of a sex tape, took to Twitter earlier ... continue reading


All Celebrity News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Subscribe to Catholic OnlineYouTube Channel

the FEED
by Catholic Online

Daily Readings

Reading 1, First Corinthians 1:17-25
17 After all, Christ sent me not to baptise, but to preach the gospel; ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 33:1-2, 4-5, 10, 11
1 Shout for joy, you upright; praise comes well from the ... Read More

Gospel, Matthew 25:1-13
1 'Then the kingdom of Heaven will be like this: Ten wedding attendants ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for August 26th, 2016 Image

St. Teresa of Jesus Jornet Ibars
August 26: Foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Born ... Read More