Ricky Nelson, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

Ricky Nelson

actor, musician, singer

Date of Birth: 08-May-1940

Place of Birth: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States

Date of Death: 31-Dec-1985

Profession: actor, singer, singer-songwriter, musician, songwriter, guitarist, television actor

Nationality: United States

Zodiac Sign: Taurus


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About Ricky Nelson

  • Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985), known professionally as Ricky Nelson, was an American pop star, musician, and singer-songwriter.
  • From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
  • In 1957 he began a long and successful career as a popular recording artist.
  • As one of the top "teen idols" of the 1950s his fame led to a motion picture role co-starring alongside John Wayne and Dean Martin in Howard Hawks's western feature film Rio Bravo (1959).
  • He placed 53 songs on the Billboard Hot 100, and its predecessors, between 1957 and 1973, including "Poor Little Fool" in 1958, which was the first #1 song on Billboard magazine's then-newly created Hot 100 chart.
  • He recorded 19 additional Top 10 hits and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on January 21, 1987.
  • In 1996 Nelson was ranked #49 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.Nelson began his entertainment career in 1949 playing himself in the radio sitcom series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet.
  • In 1952, he appeared in his first feature film, Here Come the Nelsons.
  • In 1957, he recorded his first single, debuted as a singer on the television version of the sitcom, and released the #1 album titled Ricky.
  • In 1958, Nelson released his first #1 single, "Poor Little Fool", and in 1959 received a Golden Globe nomination for "Most Promising Male Newcomer" after starring in Rio Bravo.
  • A few films followed, and when the television series was cancelled in 1966, Nelson made occasional appearances as a guest star on various television programs. Nelson and Sharon Kristin Harmon were married on April 20, 1963, and divorced in December 1982.
  • They had four children: Tracy Kristine, twin sons Gunnar Eric and Matthew Gray, and Sam Hilliard.

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