Barry Nelson

Barry Nelson

Birth
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Death 7 Apr 2007 (aged 89)
Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot New Section A, Crypt # 24
Memorial ID 18915609 · View Source
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Actor. He is best remembered as the first actor to play author Ian Fleming's British secret agent and super-spy 'James Bond', which he did in a 1954 adaptation of "Casino Royale," on the television series "Climax!" Born Haakon Robert (which he later changed to Robert Haakon) Nielson in San Francisco, California, he began acting at age 15. He attended University of California at Berkeley, and after graduation in 1941 he was signed to a contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Motion Picture Studios. He made his screen debut that year in the film "Shadow of the Thin Man." During World War II he served in the United States Army, and debuted on the Broadway stage in 1943, going on to appear in "Winged Victory," "Light Up the Sky," and "The Rat Race." During the 1950s he appeared in numerous television programs, including "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," and "Climax!" His appeared as 'James Bond' in "Climax!" was in the third episode of the first season. In 1963 he starred in the film version of ""Mary, Mary" a play he had previously appeared in on Broadway. He continued work on television and stage throughout the 1970s and 1980s. In 1978 he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for "The Act” and in 1980 he appeared as ‘Stuart Ullman' in director Stanley Kubrick's horror movie classic "The Shining." After appearing on televisions shows in the 1980s such as "Dallas," "Fantasy Island," and "Murder, She Wrote” he retired from acting. He passed away in Bucks County, Pennsylvania in 2007.

Bio by: The Perplexed Historian


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  • Originally Created by: The Perplexed Historian
  • Added: 13 Apr 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial 18915609
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Barry Nelson (16 Apr 1917–7 Apr 2007), Find a Grave Memorial no. 18915609, citing Lansdale Cemetery, Lansdale, Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .