LOS ANGELES (AP)  — David Nelson, who starred on his parents’ popular television show “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” has died, a family spokesman said. He was 74.

Nelson died Tuesday at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles after battling complications of colon cancer, said family spokesman and longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson.

Born in New York City, Nelson attended the University of Southern California before joining his family on the small screen.

He and his teen idol brother, Rick, convinced their parents to be on the show.

“The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet” aired on ABC from 1952 to 1966 and some of the story lines were taken from the stars’ own lives. Nelson was the last surviving member of the well-known TV family and he directed numerous episodes of the series.

His film credits include “Peyton Place,” “The Big Circus” and “Love and Kisses.” In l976, he costarred with his mother in “Smash-Up on Interstate 5.”

He also appeared in various TV roles and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Nelson is survived by his wife, Yvonne; four sons and a daughter; and seven grandchildren. A service will be held Thursday at Pierce Brothers Westwood Mortuary.

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Comments (7)
  1. Barry Cohen says:

    It is hard to imagine a “family” comedy without gross references, dysfunction family relationships or sexual explicit situations. The Nelson family reflected topical humor reflecting modest current morals of an idealized society of the Eisenhower Administration.

    It is nice to be reminded that shock is not an essential element of humor. The Nelson family blazed a family comedy pathway showing graceful progression from the big band era to modern age of rock. Much credit goes to the sensitivity and understanding through the television direction by DAVID NELSON.

    Rest in peace and pride. Condolences to the entire NELSON family.

  2. Gari says:

    When I was a little boy, he and his brother were trapeze artists, yep…they did that.
    I saw them in San Mateo at a park exhibition. Great men, great family.

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