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Muscular leading man Ed Nelson (b. 21 December 1928 in New Orleans; d. 9 August 2014 in North Carolina) started out as a member of quickie-filmmaker Roger Corman's stock company, appearing in such drive-in fodder as Hot Rod Girl (1956), Invasion of the Saucer Men (1957) and Cry Baby Killer. In these and other low-budgeters of the late 1950s, Nelson not only starred, but doubled on the technical crew: he was one of several production assistants portraying the title crustacean in The Attack of the Crab Monsters (1956), and designed and operated the parasite props in 1958's The Brain Eaters, which he also produced.
Eventually outgrowing such things, Nelson rose to TV stardom as Dr. Michael Rossi on the prime time soap opera "Peyton Place", which ran from 1964 through 1969. He later starred as Ward Fuller on "The Silent Force" (1970) and as Dr. Michael Wise in "Doctors' Private Lives" (1979). In 1969, Nelson hosted a daily syndicated talk show "The Ed Nelson Show", which he was ultimately forced to give up when he decided to enter politics ("conflict of interests" and "equal time" were still considerations back then).
Ed Nelson has continued accepting supporting film and TV roles to the present time; he recently harked back to his short career in public service when he played President Truman in the 1992 Brooke Shields flick Brenda Starr. Like actor John Allen Nelson, this actor's name was noted for being similar to that of Mike's last name.