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Gene Nelson

Biography

b. Leander Eugene Berg, 24 March 1920, Seattle, Washington, USA, d. 16 Sept 1996, Woodland Hillsides, California, USA. An professional, movie director and athletic dancer within the Gene Kelly design who was in a number of popular musicals from the 50s. Nelson was raised in LA and went to the renowned Fanchon and Marco dance college there. After graduating from senior high school when he was 18, he used ice-skating and became a member of Sonja Henie’s touring business and made an appearance in two of her movies, Second Fiddle and Everything Happens DURING THE NIGHT. After enlisting in america Indicators Corps early in Globe Battle II, he joined up with the solid of Irving Berlin’s celebrated wartime musical THIS IS ACTUALLY THE Army, which opened up on Broadway in 1942 and was after that filmed before touring the united kingdom and US armed service bases across the world. Pursuing his release, Nelson visited Hollywood in 1947 and produced the musical, I Question Who’s Kissing Her Right now, with June Haver. Ironically, it had been while he was starring within the strike Broadway revue Lend An Hearing (1949), that Nelson was observed by way of a representative of Warner Brothers Photos. After playing a part in The Child Of Rosie O’Grady, he was authorized to a long-term agreement and provided the third-lead to Doris Day time and Gordon MacRae in Tea FOR JUST TWO (1950). After that, he appeared inside a string of musicals for the studio room, including The Western Point Tale, Lullaby Of Broadway (his 1st starring part, opposite Doris Day time), Painting The Clouds With Sunlight, She’s Functioning Her Method Through University, She’s Back again On Broadway, Three Sailors And A WOMAN, So This Is usually Paris, and Oklahoma! (1955). Within the second option film he previously the best part of his profession – and two great figures, ‘Kansas Town’ and ‘All Er Nothin’’ (with Gloria Grahame as Ado Annie). In the past due 50s Nelson made an appearance on tv until he experienced a horse-riding incident that end his dance – a minimum of for some time. He considered directing, and in the 60s done some melodramas, and two musical movies starring Elvis Presley, Kissin’ Cousins (which he also co-wrote) and Harum Scarum. He also aimed Your Cheatin’ Center, a film biography of nation vocalist Hank Williams. In 1971 he was back again on Broadway with additional veteran entertainers such as for example Yvonne De Carlo and Alexis Smith in Stephen Sondheim’s Follies. Nelson performed Friend Plummer and performed among the display’s outstanding figures, the rapid-fire ‘Friend’s Blues’. He continuing to direct within the 70s and 80s, mainly for tv, and done the top-rated series Washington NOWADAYS. In 1993 his tasks included staging a US provincial creation of Richard Harris’ well-known humor Stepping Out. Nelson passed away from tumor in 1996.

Quick Facts


Full Name Gene Nelson
Date Of Birth March 24, 1920
Died September 16, 1996, Los Angeles, California, United States
Height 1.82 m
Profession Actor, Teacher, Film director, Composer, Screenwriter, Television Director, Dancer
Nationality American
Spouse Marilyn Morgan, Miriam Franklin
Children Chris Nelson, Douglas Nelson, Victoria Gordon
Awards Golden Globe Award for Best New Star of the Year – Actor, Academy of Country Music Award for Song of the Year
Music Songs Kansas City, All er Nothin', The Farmer and the Cowman, I Know That You Know, Waiting For The Girls Upstairs, The Right Girl, Looking for Someone to Love, You're Gonna Love Tomorrow / Love Will See Us Through, The God-Why-Don't-You-Love-Me Blues, A Dame's a Dame, Follies: Waiting for the Girls Upstairs, If You Were There, Wait Till Paris Sees Us, Poor Jud Is Daid, I Want to Be Happy, All Er Nuthin', Oh Me! Oh My! Oh You!, The Framer and the Cowman
Nominations Writers Guild of America Award for Best Written Musical, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Country Music Association Award for Song of the Year
Movies Oklahoma!, Lullaby of Broadway, Tea for Two, Kissin' Cousins, Harum Scarum, The West Point Story, She's Working Her Way Through College, Crime Wave, So This Is Paris, Painting the Clouds with Sunshine, Three Sailors and a Girl, She's Back on Broadway, Starlift, The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady, Your Cheatin' Heart, Timeslip, The Cool Ones, The Purple Hills, Thunder Island, Hand of Death, Hootenanny Hoot, 20,000 Eyes, Wake Me When the War Is Over, A Brand New Life, Family Flight, Dial 999, Archie, The Letters


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#Fact
1 He also served as a professor of Theater Arts at San Francisco State University.
2 Attended and graduated from Santa Monica High School in Santa Monica, California.
3 In high school, he organized and trained a football cheering squad -- writing songs and cheers as well.
4 He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7005 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on February 8, 1960.
5 Made his professional stage debut as a member of the Fanchon and Marco Juvenile Revue at the Paramount Theater in Los Angeles in 1935. He also studied tap with Nick Castle.
6 Born Eugene Leander Berg, he went to Superior Court in 1964 to change his legal name to Gene Nelson as he wanted to use this for himself and his family.
7 Suffered a fractured pelvis in 1957 when a horse fell on him while on film location in Tennessee.
8 Second wife Marilyn Morgen was a studio secretary he married in 1958. She was 12 years his junior.
9 First wife Miriam Nelson (nee Frankel) was a specialty film dancer from Broadway ("Panama Hattie"). Married in 1941, she worked in Hollywood while Gene served in the United States Army. He joined her later and she was instrumental in helping him work up his innovative dance routines on film.
10 Nominated for a 1972 Tony Award for Supporting or Featured Actor (Musical) for his performance as Buddy in the original production of "Follies".
11 He can be seen as one of the anonymous studio executives in the trailer for the original version of Miracle on 34th Street (1947).
12 Was romantically involved with Maureen Reagan for several years, although they never married.
13 Had three children: Chris Nelson, Douglas M. Nelson, and Victoria Nelson Gordo.


Director

Director

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Dan August: The Jealousy Factor 1980 TV Movie
Fantasy Island 1979 TV Series 1 episode
Shirley 1979 TV Series 1 episode
Eischied 1979 TV Series 1 episode
Operation Petticoat 1979 TV Series 2 episodes
The Bad News Bears 1979 TV Series 1 episode
Salvage 1 1979 TV Series 1 episode
Quincy M.E. 1978 TV Series 1 episode
The American Girls 1978 TV Series
The San Pedro Beach Bums 1977 TV Series 2 episodes
McNaughton's Daughter 1976 TV Mini-Series
The Invisible Man 1975 TV Series 1 episode
Starsky and Hutch 1975 TV Series 1 episode
Get Christie Love! 1974 TV Series 1 episode
Barnaby Jones 1974 TV Series 1 episode
Cannon 1973-1974 TV Series 2 episodes
The Rookies 1973-1974 TV Series 5 episodes
Ironside 1973 TV Series 1 episode
The Letters 1973 TV Movie
Dan August 1970-1971 TV Series 2 episodes
Mod Squad 1968-1971 TV Series 18 episodes
The F.B.I. 1967-1970 TV Series 7 episodes
The Silent Force 1970 TV Series 1 episode
Hawaii Five-O 1969 TV Series 1 episode
Wake Me When the War Is Over 1969 TV Movie
Lancer 1968 TV Series 2 episodes
Felony Squad 1967-1968 TV Series 2 episodes
Star Trek 1968 TV Series 1 episode
Iron Horse 1967 TV Series 3 episodes
Cowboy in Africa 1967 TV Series 1 episode
The Cool Ones 1967
Laredo 1967 TV Series 1 episode
12 O'Clock High 1967 TV Series 1 episode
The Phyllis Diller Show 1966 TV Series
Where's Everett 1966 TV Movie
I Dream of Jeannie 1965 TV Series 8 episodes
Harum Scarum 1965
Tammy 1965 TV Series 1 episode
Gilligan's Island 1965 TV Series 1 episode
The Farmer's Daughter 1963-1965 TV Series 7 episodes
The Donna Reed Show 1962-1965 TV Series 21 episodes
The Andy Griffith Show 1964 TV Series 2 episodes
Burke's Law 1964 TV Series 2 episodes
Your Cheatin' Heart 1964
The Reporter 1964 TV Series 1 episode
Vacation Playhouse 1964 TV Series 1 episode
Destry 1964 TV Series 4 episodes
Kissin' Cousins 1964
Archie 1964 TV Movie
Hootenanny Hoot 1963
Hand of Death 1962
The Rifleman 1961-1962 TV Series 8 episodes
Life with Archie 1962 TV Movie

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Crime Wave 1954 Steve Lacey
Three Sailors and a Girl 1953 Twitch
She's Back on Broadway 1953 Gordon Evans
She's Working Her Way Through College 1952 Don Weston
Starlift 1951 Gene Nelson
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine 1951 Ted Lansing
Lullaby of Broadway 1951 Tom Farnham
The West Point Story 1950 Hal Courtland
Tea for Two 1950 Tommy Trainor
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady 1950 Doug Martin
Apartment for Peggy 1948 Jerry (uncredited)
The Walls of Jericho 1948 Assistant Prosecutor (uncredited)
Gentleman's Agreement 1947 Second Ex-GI in Restaurant (uncredited)
I Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now 1947 Tommy Yale
This Is the Army 1943 Soldier (uncredited)
Everything Happens at Night 1939 Skater (uncredited)
Second Fiddle 1939 Minor Role (uncredited)
Murder, She Wrote 1987 TV Series Louis Metcalf
Fantasy Island 1982 TV Series Bert Wilson
S.O.B. 1981 Clive Lytell
The Streets of San Francisco 1974 TV Series
A Brand New Life 1973 TV Movie Harry
Circle of Fear 1973 TV Series Steve
Family Flight 1972 TV Movie Aircraft Carrier Captain
ITV Sunday Night Theatre 1970 TV Series Burbage
Mod Squad 1968 TV Series Burt Koverly
Ironside 1967 TV Series Andy Sheldon
Burke's Law 1963-1964 TV Series Danny Swift / Rick Mason
77 Sunset Strip 1963 TV Series Lundstrom
Thunder Island 1963 Billy Poole
Follow the Sun 1962 TV Series Tod
The Purple Hills 1961 Gil Shepard
20,000 Eyes 1961 Dan Warren
The Detectives 1961 TV Series Jerry Coldwell
Shangri-La 1960 TV Movie Robert
Gunsmoke 1959-1960 TV Series Hutch Nagle / Foss / Hob Cannon
Tom, Dick and Harry 1960 TV Movie Tom Fellows
Men Into Space 1960 TV Series Major Charles Randolph
Law of the Plainsman 1960 TV Series Hardy O'Hara
Black Saddle 1960 TV Series Carl Wicks
Philip Marlowe 1960 TV Series Larry
Alcoa Theatre 1959 TV Series Tom Burns
Rawhide 1959 TV Series Dave Thompson
The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna 1959 TV Series Chris Karlsen
Bat Masterson 1959 TV Series Police Commissioner Whit Morrison
The Millionaire 1959 TV Series Lt. Steve Forrest
Have Gun - Will Travel 1959 TV Series Vance - Henchman
Northwest Passage 1959 TV Series Dan Wade
Kraft Theatre 1958 TV Series Tom
Maverick 1958 TV Series Jim Hazlit
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour 1957 TV Series Tom Watts
Schlitz Playhouse 1956 TV Series
Chevron Hall of Stars 1956 TV Series
Matinee Theatre 1956 TV Series
Climax! 1956 TV Series Jess Shepard
Celebrity Playhouse 1956 TV Series
The Ford Television Theatre 1955 TV Series George Jackson
The Way Out 1955 Greg Carradine
Oklahoma! 1955 Will Parker
General Electric Theater 1955 TV Series
The Atomic Man 1955 Mike Delaney
Shower of Stars 1954-1955 TV Series
The Best of Broadway 1955 TV Series Roy Lane
Studio One in Hollywood 1955 TV Series Trout
So This Is Paris 1954 Al Howard
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series Jerry Walker

Soundtrack

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Earthling 1980 performer: "Fast Women and Slow Dancin", "Blind Faith"
Son-Rise: A Miracle of Love 1979 TV Movie lyrics: "Is There Room In Your World For Me'" / music: "Is There Room In Your World For Me'"
Disco Fever 1978/I writer: "Till I Get Through to You" - as Gene
Oklahoma! 1955 performer: "Kansas City" 1943, "I Cain't Say No" 1943, "The Farmer and the Cowman" 1943, "All 'er Nothin'" 1943 - uncredited
So This Is Paris 1954 performer: "WAIT 'TIL PARIS SEES US", "LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE, "IF YOU WERE THERE", "A DAME'S A DAME", "THREE BON VIVANTS"
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1954 TV Series performer - 1 episode
She's Back on Broadway 1953 performer: "I May Be Wrong", "I'll Take You" - uncredited
She's Working Her Way Through College 1952 performer: "We're Working Our Way Through College" uncredited, "I'll Be Loving You", "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of", "Am I in Love?" uncredited
Starlift 1951 performer: "What Is This Thing Called Love?", "It's Magic" - uncredited
Painting the Clouds with Sunshine 1951 performer: "Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me", "The Birth of the Blues" - uncredited
Lullaby of Broadway 1951 performer: "Somebody Loves Me", "I Love the Way You Say Goodnight", "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" - uncredited
The West Point Story 1950 performer: "Long Before I Knew You", "This Is the Finale", "The Toy Trumpet" - uncredited
Tea for Two 1950 performer: "I Know That You Know", "Crazy Rhythm", "Tea for Two", "Oh Me! Oh My!", "No, No, Nanette"
The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady 1950 performer: "A Farm off Old Broadway", "How Am I Going to Tell Them at the Yacht Club?", "Just One Girl", "Chatterbox Rag", "Ma Blushin' Rosie", "Winter" - uncredited

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Shower of Stars TV Series choreographer - 2 episodes, 1955 choreography - 1 episode, 1955
So This Is Paris 1954 choreographer
Lullaby of Broadway 1951 choreographer - uncredited
Tea for Two 1950 choreographer - uncredited

Writer

Writer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Cool Ones 1967 adaptation
Kissin' Cousins 1964 screenplay

Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Wake Me When the War Is Over 1969 TV Movie producer

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Charlie's Angels 1977 TV Series special thanks - 1 episode

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The 69th Annual Academy Awards 1997 TV Special Himself - Memorial Tribute
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration 1994 TV Movie Himself
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson 1971-1972 TV Series Himself
The 26th Annual Tony Awards 1972 TV Special Himself
The David Frost Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Guest
The Mike Douglas Show 1971 TV Series Himself - Actor / Dancer
Dateline: Hollywood 1967 TV Series Himself
The Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1962 TV Series Himself - Dancer
You Bet Your Life 1960 TV Series Himself - Dancer
The Garry Moore Show 1960 TV Series Himself
The Steve Allen Plymouth Show 1956 TV Series Himself - Dancer
The Dinah Shore Show 1956 TV Series Himself
The Rosemary Clooney Show 1956 TV Series Himself
The Colgate Comedy Hour 1953-1955 TV Series Himself - Dancer / Himself - Singer / Himself - Actor
Screen Snapshots: Hollywood's Great Entertainers 1953 Short Himself - Ralph Staub's Guest
The Bob Hope Show 1953 TV Series Himself
The Ed Sullivan Show 1949-1953 TV Series Himself / Himself - Actor - scene from 'Lend Me An Ear'
Your Show of Shows 1953 TV Series Himself - Guest Performer

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years 1997 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies 1995 TV Movie documentary actor 'Crime Wave' (uncredited)
That's Dancing! 1985 Documentary Himself, film clip

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1990 Star on the Walk of Fame Walk of Fame Motion Picture On 8 February 1960. At 7005 Hollywood Blvd.
1951 Golden Globe Golden Globes, USA Most Promising Newcomer Tea for Two (1950)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
1965 WGA Award (Screen) Writers Guild of America, USA Best Written American Musical Kissin' Cousins (1964) · Gerald Drayson Adams


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#Quote
1 I was happier directing than I've ever been doing anything else. That form of creativity is very rewarding and I liked it a lot. Both careers were incomplete. I feel unfulfilled in either one. I didn't become the star I wanted to be.
2 Film is a marvelous medium for dancing. The sky's the limit. You can do wonderfully imaginative things with film. It's like being a magician. In my heyday, I could only do about four pirouettes without starting to fall, but with film, I could do a dozen by cutting and editing. The magic of film is that you can create anything you want.
3 It's always the dancer who has to work overtime when nobody else does. I would say that 25% of the Broadway shows that have ever been done have been saved by dancers. Just think about it; if not saved, at least heightened.


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