David Ozzie Nelson

October 24, 1936January 11, 2011

David Nelson, who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet," has died, a family spokesman said. He was 74. Nelson, who was battling complications of colon cancer, died Tuesday at his Los Angeles home, said family spokesman and longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson. Nelson was the last remaining member of the Nelsons TV family, which included actor/bandleader Ozzie, his singer wife, Harriet Hilliard and his teen idol brother Rick. The show originated on radio in 1952 as "Here Come the Nelsons," then ran for 320 episodes on TV from 1952 to 1966 as "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" with some of the story lines taken from the stars' own lives. David Nelson also directed and produced numerous episodes of the show throughout its run. Singer Gunnar Nelson, a son of Rick Nelson, issued a statement Wednesday, saying his uncle's death was "a great loss to the Nelson family." "We will all miss Uncle Dave's laughter and evolved sense of humor," Gunnar Nelson said. Exterior scenes for "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" were shot outside the Nelson family home in the Hollywood foothills, and it remains a popular attraction for visitors on celebrity bus tours. The home's interior was mirrored on a studio sound stage where the series was shot. Born in New York City, David attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California. His film credits included "Peyton Place," "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," "The Big Circus," "Day of the Outlaw," "30,""The Big Show," "Love and Kisses" and "Swing Out, Sweet Land." In 1976, he costarred with his mother in "Smash-Up on Interstate 5." His television credits included "Up In Smoke," "The Love Boat," "High School USA," and "A Family For Joe." Directing credits included "O.K. Crackerby," "Childish Things," "Easy To Be Free," "Ozzie's Girls," "Death Screams," "Last Plane Out," "Goodnight Beantown" and "A Rare Breed." Nelson also was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; four sons and a daughter; and seven grandchildren.


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June Longmire

September 21, 2019

I will always remember David , the day my friend who was performing in the special circus that did provide special benefits for ill children , invited me to come see you perform with the flying Wallendas in their trapeze act. You were amazingly good and amazingly even more handsome then ever. Your mother was there that night for the performance and so gracious and lovely. Thanks for that memory . My friend Luciano Reberte sang your praises too. He and his brother and father performed in the same show as the Reberte Trio. You and your family, so friendly and lovely. Kowalsky

May 1, 2019

I was named Miss Brighton Park way back when and had opportunity to meet David at a time when he was training with the famous Flying Walendas of circus fame. My friend Luciano Reberte had invited me to see the show as he was performing also. David was not only unbelievably handsome but also amazingly kind . He was a beautiful soul and one of the most handsome and talented I ever met. I felt honored when his mother appeared and I was able to meet her also. I was blessed .

Cheryl Harrington

March 25, 2019

Thank you for the wonderful show you had. I will always remember it with fond memories. I miss those days of innocence.

God Bless your family.

A huge fan.

Joe Nania

July 9, 2018


Gary Hines

April 2, 2015

I just loved that show when I was a kid. David and Ricky had the kid life that I was wishing I had wind I was looking at the Ozzie show. I really loved that show. But I did not know it was on the radio. I listen to the radio a lot. Country musie a lot. Thank you David for you and your family for the wonderful shows, I am now 73 old and still having old meamery times. GOD BLESS and HIS LOVE

Jennifer Latshaw

March 13, 2015

None of our lives are perfect, but I hope David knew how sweet it was for us to watch his family on TV for so many years. God Bless all of them and their souls. Just a friend

Jamie Blount

October 24, 2014

Though The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet was merely an entertaining TV show and not a real life portrayal the American family, it was a nice way for children to deal with the rigors of the growing up. American fathers, mothers and children had a chance to laugh at themselves, a healthy form of escape we all need from time to time. Even today when a wedding guest toasts a newly wed couple, s/he may intone, "May you be as happy as Ozzie and Harriet!"

Joseph Moody

October 24, 2014

Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.

Harry Simpson

October 2, 2014

Thank you for sharing a part of your life with us.

November 29, 2013

Good show. Sorry the reruns were ever taken off. Dear Nelson family, I'm truly sorry for your loss. May the peace of God be with you.
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