Friday, November 28, 2014
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Ed Nelson | Television mainstay, 85

Ed Nelson, 85, a television, stage, and film actor who was one of the mainstays of the 1960s prime-time soap opera Peyton Place, died Saturday at his home in Greensboro, N.C.

He had been in declining health with various ailments.

On Peyton Place, the night-time TV drama revolving around the romantic relationships in a small New England town, Mr. Nelson played Michael Rossi during the series' 1964-69 run on ABC.

In 1985, he rejoined several cast members for a reunion TV film, Peyton Place: The Next Generation.

He made dozens of TV appearances, often as a guest on such series as Rawhide, Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and Murder, She Wrote.

On film, he had small parts in Police Academy 3, Midway, Airport 1975, and others. In the late 1950s, he acted in a string of Roger Corman B-movies, including Swamp Women, Attack of the Crab Monsters, A Bucket of Blood, and Teenage Caveman.

Later in his career, he portrayed President Harry S. Truman in a touring national production of the one-man show Give 'em Hell, Harry.

Survivors include his wife of more than 60 years, Patsy, and six children. - L.A. Times


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