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Ozzie Nelson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Oswald George "Ozzie" Nelson (March 20, 1906 – June 3, 1975) was an American band leader, actor, director, and producer. He 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. Nelson started his entertainment career as a band leader. He formed and led "The Ozzie Nelson Band," and had some initial limited success. Nelson's records were consistently popular, and in 1934, Nelson enjoyed success with his hit song, "Over Somebody Else's Shoulder," which he introduced. Nelson was their primary vocalist and, from August of 1932, he featured in duets with his other star vocalist, Harriet Hilliard. Nelson's calm, easy vocal style was popular on records and radio and quite similar to son Rick's voice, and Harriet's perky vocals added to the band's popularity. Ozzie Nelson appeared with his band in feature films and short subjects of the 1940s, and often played speaking parts, displaying a tongue-in-cheek sense of humor, as in the 1942 musical Strictly in the Groove. He shrewdly promoted the band by agreeing to appear in "soundies," three-minute musical movies shown in "film jukeboxes" of the 1940s. In 1952, when he and his family were established as radio and TV favorites, they starred in a feature film, Here Come the Nelsons, which actually doubled as a "pilot" for the TV series.

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Mar 20, 1906 In Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie Sweetheart of the Campus 1941-06-26
Latest Project:
Series Ozzie's Girls 1973-01-01
Known For
Poster of The Impossible Years
Poster of The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet
Series Ozzie's Girls 1973-01-01
Series Night Gallery Unknown 1970-12-16
Movie The Impossible Years Dr. Herbert J. Fleischer 1968-12-05
Series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Ozzie 1952-10-03
Series This Is Your Life Unknown 1952-10-01
Movie Here Come the Nelsons Ozzie Nelson 1952-02-23
Movie People Are Funny Leroy Brinker 1946-01-11
Movie Hi, Good Lookin'! Ozzie Nelson - Orchestra Leader 1944-03-22
Movie Honeymoon Lodge Ozzie Nelson - Band Leader 1943-07-23
Movie Ozzie Nelson and His Orchestra 1943-03-27
Movie The Big Street Orchestra leader 1942-08-13
Movie Sweetheart of the Campus Ozzie Norton 1941-06-26