Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Never to be Forgotten:
Ed Nelson 1928-2014
The career path from 1950s monster movies to 1960s TV series regulars is very common, the best known example being William Schallert, remembered as Patty Duke's dad on her 1960s sitcom. The difference between TV star and movie star was considered vast back in the 1960s, which is not the case this century. The best counterexample is James Gandolfini, known as one of the best actors of his generation largely from his virtuoso work on The Sopranos.
Ed Nelson did his job and when one job was done, he took another, just as anyone trying to make a living would. He was never virtuoso like Gandolfini (almost no one was in the 1960s) and he was just remarkably handsome instead of drop dead gorgeous like Steve McQueen. That said, he did his job and he did it well. If guys like Ed Nelson didn't exist, show business would vanish overnight.
Best wishes to the family and friends of Ed Nelson, from an admiring fan. May he never be forgotten.