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Ed Nelson

Ed Nelson

Born: 21 December 1928 in New Orleans, Lousiana, USA

Ed Nelson originally sought to work in the legal profession until he became interested in acting. This led to relocation to New York City in 1952. Soon, Mr. Nelson was back in his native New Orleans, where he narrated (and sometimes wrote) episodes of the New Orleans-made TV series N.O.P.D. with Stacy Harris (who was himself no stranger to entertainment pertaining to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

When director Roger Corman came to Lousiana in 1955 to shoot Swamp Women, Mr. Nelson ended up wearing many hats on the production, from acting to working as location manager, to wrestling an alligator. He worked on other Corman productions in Hollywood, as well as in guest roles on television programs such as The Twilight Zone and The Gallant Men, which happened to star future FBI star William Reynolds.

When The FBI began its run in 1965, Ed Nelson was in the second year of his role as Dr. Michael Rossi in the 1964-69 ABC primetime soap opera Peyton Place. He would remain on the show for its entire run. Two years after the show ended, Mr. Nelson made the first of his three appearances on The FBI.

Ed Nelson has been married to the former Patricia Miller since 1950, and is the father of six children.


Lois Nettleton

Lois Nettleton in 2004.

Born: 16 August 1929 in Oak Park, Illiniois, USA as Lydia Scott
Died: 18 January 2008 in Woodland Hills, California, USA

Lois Nettleton has made two appearances on The FBI, one which was truly memorable: “The Innocents," which aired 1 November 1970. A versatile actress, she has not only appeared on television and the movies, but also has worked on the stage.

Born in suburban Chicago, Ms. Nettleton was crowned Miss Chicago in a 1948 beauty pageant, and was a semi-finalist at the Miss America pageant. Her acting career began in 1949, when she appeared in the Broadway play The Biggest Thief in Town, written by Dalton Trumbo.

Ms. Nettleton made her first broadcast appearance in 1953 on television. Her first cinema role was an uncredited one on A Face In The Crowd, released four years later. Most of her broadcast appearances have been on the small screen, However, Ms. Nettleton also worked on stage (such as her appearance in 2004’s How To Build A Better Tulip, shown here).

Lois Nettleton attended two conventions for The Twilight Zone in 2006 and 2007, held in Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey.


Leslie Nielsen

Born: 11 February 1926 in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
Died: 28 November 2010 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA of complications from pneumonia

This Canadian actor of Danish and Welsh descent was primarily a dramatic actor when he acted on The FBI. His career took a 180-degree turn in more ways than one when he acted in Airplane! in 1980, and he has since been known as the "Olivier of Comedy."

Mr. Nielsen began his acting career on TV in 1950, and one of his notable early roles was on 1956's Forbidden Plant, which starred fellow FBI performers Walter Pidgeon, Anne Francis, Earl Holliman, Richard Anderson and George Wallace, to name a few. He was a busy performer in the 1950s and 1960s, and remained so up to the time of his death in late 2010.







This page updated 7 December 2010.

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