Jersey City, New Jersey
Place of Death
Cause of Death
Big Band, Swing, Stage & Screen, Soundtracks, Radio Plays, Sweet Bands, Easy Listening, Orchestral Pop
Innocent, Amiable/Good-Natured, Sentimental, Romantic, Carefree, Sweet
Vocals, Bandleader, Reeds (Multiple)
Full Name at Birth
Oswald George Nelson
Actor/Actress, Director, Producer
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Oswald George "Ozzie" Nelson (March 20, 1906 – June 3, 1975) was an American band leader, actor, television director and producer. Nelson originated and starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a radio and long-running television series with his wife Harriet and two sons David and Ricky Nelson.
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Oswald George "Ozzie" Nelson (March 20, 1906 – June 3, 1975) was an American entertainer and band leader who originated and starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet radio and television series with his wife and two sons.
The second son of George Waldemar and Ethel Irene (Orr) Nelson, Ozzie Nelson was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. His paternal grandparents were Swedish and his mother was of English descent. Nelson was raised in Ridgefield Park where he was active in Scouting, earning the rank of Eagle Scout at age 13. He played football at Ridgefield Park High School as well as during his college years at Rutgers University. He was a member of the Cap and Skull fraternity, and entered Rutgers School of Law–Newark. As a student he made pocket money playing saxophone in a band and coaching football. During the Depression, he turned to music as a full-time career.
Actor, band leader, television producer and director
Claim to Fame
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Ethel Irene Orr