Gene Nelson

Director, Actor, Soundtrack

Director, Actor, Soundtrack


Gene Nelson was barely a teen when he saw the Fred Astaire movie Flying Down to Rio (1933), which would change his life. It was then that he decided he would be a dancer. After graduating from high school, Nelson joined the Sonja Henie Ice Show and toured for 3 years before joining the Army in World War II. After he was discharged, he appeared in ...
Birth date
1920-03-24
Death date
1996-09-16
Awards
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 1 nomination.
Height
6' (1.83 m)

Known For


Tea for Two
Tea for Two
Tommy Trainor (1950)
Oklahoma!
Oklahoma!
Will Parker (1955)
Kissin' Cousins
Kissin' Cousins
Director (1964)
Crime Wave
Crime Wave
Steve Lacey (1953)
 

Activities


RoleTitleYear
DirectorDan August: The Jealousy Factor
(TV Movie)
1980
DirectorFantasy Island
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Nobody's There/The Dancer (1979)
1979
DirectorShirley
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Hard Hat (1979)
1979
DirectorEischied
(TV Series) (1 episode) - The Accused (1979)
1979
DirectorOperation Petticoat
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - Matters of Honor (1979) - Don't Drink the Shimbaka! (1979)
1979
DirectorThe Bad News Bears
(TV Series) (1 episode) - The Food Caper (1979)
1979
DirectorSalvage 1
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Dark Island (1979)
1979
DirectorQuincy M.E.
(TV Series) (1 episode) - A Night to Raise the Dead (1978)
1978
DirectorThe American Girls
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Little Girl Lost (1978)
1978
DirectorThe San Pedro Beach Bums
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - The Winner's Circle (1977) - The Magnificent Moose (1977)
1977
DirectorMcNaughton's Daughter
(TV Mini-Series)
1976
DirectorThe Invisible Man
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Stop When Red Lights Flash (1975)
1975
DirectorStarsky and Hutch
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Death Ride (1975)
1975
DirectorGet Christie Love!
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Market for Murder (1974)
1974
DirectorBarnaby Jones
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Dark Legacy (1974)
1974
DirectorCannon
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - Where's Jennifer? (1974) - Target in the Mirror (1973)
1973-1974
DirectorThe Rookies
(TV Series) (5 episodes) - The Teacher (1974) - The Late Mr. Brent (1974) - The Authentic Death of Billy Stomper (1974) - Point of Impact (1973) - Tarnished Idol (1973)
1973-1974
DirectorIronside
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Mind for Murder (1973)
1973
DirectorThe Letters
(TV Movie) (director: The Andreson segment) / (director: The Parkingtons segment)
1973
DirectorDan August
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - The Assassin (1971) - The King Is Dead (1970)
1970-1971
DirectorMod Squad
(TV Series) (18 episodes) - A Double for Danger (1971) - Kicks Incorporated (1971) - The Song of Willie (1970) - Who Are the Keepers, Who Are the Inmates? (1970) - The Loser (1970) Show all 18 episodes
1968-1971
DirectorThe F.B.I.
(TV Series) (7 episodes) - The Innocents (1970) - The Inside Man (1969) - Flight (1969) - Boomerang (1969) - Act of Violence (1968) Show all 7 episodes
1967-1970
DirectorThe Silent Force
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - The Shopping List (1970) - Prosecutor (1970)
1970
DirectorBlondie
(TV Series) (4 episodes) - Run Buddy, Run (1969) - Blondie's Masquerade (1968) - Blondie's Birthday (1968) - The Gladiators (1968)
1968-1969
DirectorHawaii Five-O
(TV Series) (1 episode) - The Joker's Wild, Man, Wild! (1969)
1969
DirectorWake Me When the War Is Over
(TV Movie)
1969
DirectorLancer
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - Glory (1968) - Blood Rock (1968)
1968
DirectorThe Felony Squad
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - Jury of One (1968) - Echo of a Killing (1967)
1967-1968
DirectorStar Trek: The Original Series
(TV Series) (1 episode) - The Gamesters of Triskelion (1968)
1968
DirectorIron Horse
(TV Series) (3 episodes) - Wild Track (1967) - The Return of Hode Avery (1967) - Gallows for Bill Pardew (1967)
1967
DirectorCowboy in Africa
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Search for Survival (1967)
1967
DirectorThe Cool Ones1967
DirectorLaredo
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Enemies and Brothers (1967)
1967
Director12 O'Clock High
(TV Series) (1 episode) - A Long Time Dead (1967)
1967
DirectorThe Phyllis Diller Show
(TV Series)
1966
DirectorWhere's Everett
(TV Movie)
1966
DirectorI Dream of Jeannie
(TV Series) (8 episodes) - Whatever Became of Baby Custer? (1965) - Djinn and Water (1965) - The Moving Finger (1965) - The Americanization of Jeannie (1965) - Anybody Here Seen Jeannie? (1965) Show all 8 episodes
1965
DirectorHarum Scarum1965
DirectorTammy
(TV Series) (1 episode) - The Poker Game (1965)
1965
DirectorGilligan's Island
(TV Series) (1 episode) - The Return of Wrongway Feldman (1965)
1965
DirectorThe Farmer's Daughter
(TV Series) (7 episodes) - Rich Man, Poor Man (1965) - Katy by Moonlight (1965) - The Nesting Instinct (1965) - The Oscar Hummingbird Story (1965) - Follow the Leader (1965) Show all 7 episodes
1963-1965
DirectorThe Donna Reed Show
(TV Series) (22 episodes) - The Gift Shop (1965) - Now You See It, Now You Don't (1965) - Thy Name Is Woman (1965) - Play Ball (1964) - Neither a Borrower Nor a Lender Be (1964) Show all 22 episodes
1962-1965
DirectorArchie
(TV Movie)
1964
DirectorThe Andy Griffith Show
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - The Pageant (1964) - Goodbye Sheriff Taylor (1964)
1964
DirectorThe Cara Williams Show
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Get the Lead Out (1964)
1964
DirectorBurke's Law
(TV Series) (2 episodes) - Who Killed the Richest Man in the World? (1964) - Who Killed Vaudeville? (1964)
1964
DirectorYour Cheatin' Heart1964
DirectorThe Reporter
(TV Series) (1 episode) - No Comment (1964)
1964
DirectorVacation Playhouse
(TV Series) (1 episode) - I and Claudie (1964)
1964
DirectorDestry
(TV Series) (4 episodes) - Blood Brother-in-Law (1964) - Go Away, Little Sheba (1964) - Stormy Is a Lady (1964) - Destry Had a Little Lamb (1964)
1964
DirectorKissin' Cousins1964
DirectorHootenanny Hoot1963
DirectorLife with Archie
(TV Movie)
1962
DirectorHand of Death1962
DirectorThe Rifleman
(TV Series) (8 episodes) - Sporting Chance (1962) - The Quiet Fear (1962) - A Friend in Need (1961) - The High Country (1961) - The Long Goodbye (1961) Show all 8 episodes
1961-1962
DirectorThe Bell Telephone Hour
(TV Series) (1 episode) - Our Musical Ambassadors (1960)
1960
RoleTitleYear
ActorMurder, She Wrote
(TV Series) Louis Metcalf - The Corpse Flew First Class (1987) ... Louis Metcalf
1987
ActorFantasy Island
(TV Series) Bert Wilson - Daddy's Little Girl/The Whistle (1982) ... Bert Wilson
1982
ActorS.O.B.
Clive Lytell
1981
ActorThe Streets of San Francisco
(TV Series) - Rampage (1974) ... (as Eugene A. Nelson)
1974
ActorA Brand New Life
(TV Movie) Harry
1973
ActorCircle of Fear
(TV Series) Steve - Death's Head (1973) ... Steve
1973
ActorFamily Flight
(TV Movie) Aircraft Carrier Captain
1972
ActorITV Sunday Night Theatre
(TV Series) Burbage - Married Alive (1970) ... Burbage
1970
ActorMod Squad
(TV Series) Burt Koverly - Find Tara Chapman! (1968) ... Burt Koverly
1968
ActorIronside
(TV Series) Andy Sheldon - Tagged for Murder (1967) ... Andy Sheldon
1967
ActorBurke's Law
(TV Series) Danny Swift / Rick Mason - Who Killed Vaudeville? (1964) ... Danny Swift - Who Killed Harris Crown? (1963) ... Rick Mason
1963-1964
ActorThunder Island
Billy Poole
1963
Actor77 Sunset Strip
(TV Series) Lundstrom - 5: The Conclusion (1963) ... Lundstrom - 5: Part 3 (1963) ... Lundstrom - 5: Part 2 (1963) ... Lundstrom
1963
ActorFollow the Sun
(TV Series) Tod - Not Aunt Charlotte! (1962) ... Tod
1962
ActorThe Purple Hills
Gil Shepard
1961
Actor20,000 Eyes
Dan Warren
1961
ActorThe Detectives
(TV Series) Jerry Coldwell - Duty Date (1961) ... Jerry Coldwell
1961
ActorShangri-La
(TV Movie) Robert
1960
ActorGunsmoke
(TV Series) Hutch Nagle / Foss / Hob Cannon - Say Uncle (1960) ... Hutch Nagle - Saludos (1959) ... Foss - Blue Horse (1959) ... Hob Cannon
1959-1960
ActorTom, Dick and Harry
(TV Movie) Tom Fellows
1960
ActorMen Into Space
(TV Series) Major Charles Randolph - Beyond the Stars (1960) ... Major Charles Randolph
1960
ActorLaw of the Plainsman
(TV Series) Hardy O'Hara - Trojan Horse (1960) ... Hardy O'Hara
1960
ActorBlack Saddle
(TV Series) Wickes - The Cabin (1960) ... Wickes
1960
ActorPhilip Marlowe
(TV Series) Larry - Murder Is a Grave Affair (1960) ... Larry
1960
ActorAlcoa Theatre
(TV Series) Tom Burns - Tom, Dick, and Harry (1959) ... Tom Burns
1959
ActorRawhide
(TV Series) Dave Thompson - Incident of the Shambling Man (1959) ... Dave Thompson
1959
ActorThe Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna
(TV Series) Chris Karlsen - One, Two, Ski! (1959) ... Chris Karlsen
1959
ActorBat Masterson
(TV Series) Whit Morrison - Brunette Bombshell (1959) ... Whit Morrison
1959
ActorThe Millionaire
(TV Series) Lt. Steve Forrest - Millionaire Marcia Forrest (1959) ... Lt. Steve Forrest
1959
ActorHave Gun - Will Travel
(TV Series) Vance - Henchman - The Return of the Lady (1959) ... Vance - Henchman
1959
ActorNorthwest Passage
(TV Series) Dan Wade - The Fourth Brother (1959) ... Dan Wade
1959
ActorKraft Theatre
(TV Series) Tom - The Woman at High Hollow (1958) ... Tom
1958
ActorMaverick
(TV Series) Jim Hazlit - Trail West to Fury (1958) ... Jim Hazlit
1958
ActorThe Kaiser Aluminum Hour
(TV Series) Tom Watts - A Man's Game (1957) ... Tom Watts
1957
ActorSchlitz Playhouse
(TV Series) - Moment of Vengeance (1956)
1956
ActorChevron Hall of Stars
(TV Series) - Yesterday's Mice (1956)
1956
ActorMatinee Theatre
(TV Series) - Fiddlin' Man (1956)
1956
ActorClimax!
(TV Series) Jess Shepard - Nightmare by Day (1956) ... Jess Shepard
1956
ActorCelebrity Playhouse
(TV Series) - Tantrum Size 12 (1956)
1956
ActorThe Way Out
Greg Carradine
1955
ActorThe Ford Television Theatre
(TV Series) George Jackson - A Kiss for Santa (1955) ... George Jackson
1955
ActorOklahoma!
Will Parker
1955
ActorGeneral Electric Theater
(TV Series) - Tryout (1955)
1955
ActorThe Atomic Man
Mike Delaney
1955
ActorThe Best of Broadway
(TV Series) Roy Lane - Broadway (1955) ... Roy Lane
1955
ActorStudio One in Hollywood
(TV Series) Trout - The Missing Men (1955) ... Trout
1955
ActorSo This Is Paris
Al Howard
1954
ActorThe Colgate Comedy Hour
(TV Series) Jerry Walker - Let's Face It (1954) ... Jerry Walker
1954
ActorShower of Stars
(TV Series) - Lend an Ear (1954)
1954
ActorThree Sailors and a Girl
Twitch
1953
ActorCrime Wave
Steve Lacey
1953
ActorShe's Back on Broadway
Gordon Evans
1953
ActorShe's Working Her Way Through College
Don Weston
1952
ActorStarlift
Gene Nelson
1951
ActorPainting the Clouds with Sunshine
Ted Lansing
1951
ActorLullaby of Broadway
Tom Farnham
1951
ActorThe West Point Story
Hal Courtland
1950
ActorTea for Two
Tommy Trainor
1950
ActorThe Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
Doug Martin
1950
ActorApartment for Peggy
Jerry (uncredited)
1948
ActorThe Walls of Jericho
Assistant Prosecutor (uncredited)
1948
ActorGentleman's Agreement
Second Ex-GI in Restaurant (uncredited)
1947
ActorI Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
Tommy Yale
1947
ActorThis Is the Army
Soldier (uncredited)
1943
ActorEverything Happens at Night
Skater (uncredited)
1939
ActorSecond Fiddle
Minor Role (uncredited)
1939
RoleTitleYear
SoundtrackThe Earthling
(performer: "Fast Women and Slow Dancin", "Blind Faith")
1980
SoundtrackSon-Rise: A Miracle of Love
(TV Movie) (lyrics: "Is There Room In Your World For Me'") / (music: "Is There Room In Your World For Me'")
1979
SoundtrackJukebox
(writer: "Till I Get Through to You" - as Gene)
1978/I
SoundtrackMen Into Space
(TV Series) (performer - 1 episode) - Beyond the Stars (1960) ... (performer: "I Sing from the Moon")
1960
SoundtrackOklahoma!
(performer: "Kansas City" (1943), "I Cain't Say No" (1943), "The Farmer and the Cowman" (1943), "All 'er Nothin'" (1943) - uncredited)
1955
SoundtrackSo This Is Paris
(performer: "WAIT 'TIL PARIS SEES US", "LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO LOVE, "IF YOU WERE THERE", "A DAME'S A DAME", "THREE BON VIVANTS")
1954
SoundtrackThe Colgate Comedy Hour
(TV Series) (performer - 1 episode) - Let's Face It (1954) ... (performer: "You Irritate Me", "Ev'rything I Love")
1954
SoundtrackThree Sailors and a Girl
(performer: "You're But Oh, So Right", "The Lately Song", "Home is Where the Heart Is" - uncredited)
1953
SoundtrackShe's Back on Broadway
(performer: "I May Be Wrong", "I'll Take You", "Behind the Mask" - uncredited)
1953
SoundtrackShe's Working Her Way Through College
(performer: "We're Working Our Way Through College" (uncredited), "I'll Be Loving You", "The Stuff That Dreams Are Made Of", "Am I in Love?" (uncredited))
1952
SoundtrackStarlift
(performer: "What Is This Thing Called Love?", "It's Magic" - uncredited)
1951
SoundtrackPainting the Clouds with Sunshine
(performer: "Tip-Toe thru' the Tulips with Me", "The Birth of the Blues", "Arkansas Traveler", "Little Brown Jug" - uncredited)
1951
SoundtrackLullaby of Broadway
(performer: "Lullaby of Broadway", "You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me", "Somebody Loves Me", "I Love the Way You Say Goodnight", "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" - uncredited)
1951
SoundtrackThe West Point Story
(performer: "Long Before I Knew You", "This Is the Finale", "The Toy Trumpet" - uncredited)
1950
SoundtrackTea for Two
(performer: "I Know That You Know", "Crazy Rhythm", "Tea for Two", "Oh Me! Oh My!", "No, No, Nanette")
1950
SoundtrackThe Daughter of Rosie O'Grady
(performer: "A Farm off Old Broadway", "How Am I Going to Tell Them at the Yacht Club?", "Just One Girl", "Chatterbox Rag", "Ma Blushin' Rosie", "Winter" - uncredited)
1950
SoundtrackThe Ed Sullivan Show
(TV Series) (performer - 1 episode) - Episode #2.20 (1949) ... (performer: "When Someone You Love Loves You")
1949
SoundtrackI Wonder Who's Kissing Her Now
(performer: "The Glow-Worm" - uncredited)
1947
RoleTitleYear
Miscellaneous CrewThe Eddie Fisher Show
(TV Series) (choreographer - 2 episodes) - Ernie Kovacs/The Robert Mitchell Boys Choir (1959) ... (choreographer) - Eddie Hodges/The DeCastro Sisters (1959) ... (choreographer)
1959
Miscellaneous CrewShower of Stars
(TV Series) (choreographer - 2 episodes, 1955) (choreography - 1 episode, 1955) - All-Star Line-Up (1955) ... (choreography) - Ethel Merman's Show Stoppers (1955) ... (choreographer) - Show Stoppers (1955) ... (choreographer)
Miscellaneous CrewSo This Is Paris
(choreographer)
1954
Miscellaneous CrewLullaby of Broadway
(choreographer - uncredited)
1951
Miscellaneous CrewTea for Two
(choreographer - uncredited)
1950
RoleTitleYear
WriterThe Cool Ones
(adaptation)
1967
WriterKissin' Cousins
(screenplay)
1964
RoleTitleYear
ProducerWake Me When the War Is Over
(TV Movie) (producer)
1969
RoleTitleYear
ThanksCharlie's Angels
(TV Series) (special thanks - 1 episode) - Angels in the Wings (1977) ... (special thanks)
1977
RoleTitleYear
SelfThe 69th Annual Academy Awards
(TV Special) Self - Memorial Tribute
1997
SelfGolden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration
(TV Movie) Self
1994
SelfThe Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 25 August 1972 (1972) ... Self - Episode dated 28 May 1971 (1971) ... Self
1971-1972
SelfThe Merv Griffin Show
(TV Series) Self - Dancers (1972) ... Self - Salute to the Musical (1972) ... Self
1972
SelfThe 26th Annual Tony Awards
(TV Special) Self - Nominee
1972
SelfThe Mike Douglas Show
(TV Series) Self / Self - Actor / Director / ... - Episode #11.157 (1972) ... Self - Episode #10.166 (1971) ... Self - Actor / Director / Writer
1971-1972
SelfThe David Frost Show
(TV Series) Self - Guest - Episode #3.188 (1971) ... Self - Guest
1971
SelfDateline: Hollywood
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 2 June 1967 (1967) ... Self
1967
SelfThe Bell Telephone Hour
(TV Series) Self - Dancer - Springtime in the Park (1962) ... Self - Dancer - The Sounds of America (1961) ... Self - Dancer - Our Musical Ambassadors (1960) ... Self - Dancer - On Stage with Music (1959) ... Self - Dancer
1959-1962
SelfYou Bet Your Life
(TV Series) Self - Dancer - Episode #10.26 (1960) ... Self - Dancer
1960
SelfThe Garry Moore Show
(TV Series) Self - Gertrude Berg, Gene Nelson (1960) ... Self
1960
SelfThe Juke Box Jury
(TV Series) Self - Episode dated 7 December 1956 (1956) ... Self
1956
SelfThe Steve Allen Plymouth Show
(TV Series) Self - Dancer - Bob Hope/Duke Ellington/George Hamilton/Gene Nelson/Olsen & Johnson/Erin O'Brien (1956) ... Self - Dancer
1956
SelfThe Dinah Shore Show
(TV Series) Self - Guest host: Janet Blair; guest stars: Fernando Lamas, The Taylor Four, Vic Schoen's Orchestra, Gene Nelson (1956) ... Self
1956
SelfThe Rosemary Clooney Show
(TV Series) Self - Gene Nelson (1956) ... Self
1956
SelfStage Show
(TV Series) Self - Eddy Arnold/Gene Nelson/Gene Sheldon (1955) ... Self
1955
SelfThe Patti Page Show
(TV Series) Self - Premiere: guest Perry Como, Gene Nelson, Franklin Pangborn, the King Brothers, the Ray Charles Singers (1955) ... Self
1955
SelfThe Colgate Comedy Hour
(TV Series) Self - Dancer / Self - Singer / Self - Actor - Episode #6.4 (1955) ... Self - Singer - Episode #5.10 (1954) ... Self - Actor - From Hollywood with guest host Ethel Merman and guest stars Jimmy Durante & Gene Nelson (1954) ... Self - Dancer - Episode #4.5 (1953) ... Self - Dancer
1953-1955
SelfShower of Stars
(TV Series) Self - All-Star Line-Up (1955) ... Self
1955
SelfThe Stork Club
(TV Series) Self - Charles Coburn, Gene Nelson (1955) ... Self
1955
SelfScreen Snapshots: Hollywood's Great Entertainers
(Short) Self - Ralph Staub's Guest
1953
SelfThe Bob Hope Show
(TV Series) Self - Gale Storm, Charles Farrell, Gene Nelson, Joan Shawlee, and The Corbett Twins (1953) ... Self
1953
SelfThe Ed Sullivan Show
(TV Series) Self / Self - Actor - scene from 'Lend Me An Ear' - Episode #6.49 (1953) ... Self - Episode #2.20 (1949) ... Self - Actor - scene from 'Lend Me An Ear'
1949-1953
SelfYour Show of Shows
(TV Series) Self - Guest Performer - Episode #4.35 (1953) ... Self - Guest Performer
1953
SelfScreen Snapshots: The Great Showman
(Short) Self - Revised Version
1950
RoleTitleYear
Archive footageI Am Not Your Negro
(Documentary) Tom Farnham (clip from Lullaby of Broadway (1951)) (uncredited)
2016
Archive footage20th Century-Fox: The First 50 Years
(TV Movie documentary) Self (uncredited)
1997
Archive footageCentury of Cinema
(TV Series documentary) Steve Lacey, 'Crime Wave' - A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies (1995) ... Steve Lacey, 'Crime Wave' (uncredited)
1995