Don Nelson (screenwriter)

Don Nelson (January 20, 1927 September 10, 2013) was an American screenwriter, film producer and jazz musician.[1] He is best known for his work on the American sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, for which he wrote from 1952 to 1966. The series starred his elder brother Ozzie Nelson, his sister-in-law Harriet Nelson and his nephews David Nelson and Ricky Nelson.

Nelson worked for several famous entertainment businesses, including Universal Studios and Fox Studios, he also co-wrote four films for Disney Studios.[2] During the late 1950s, Nelson started a musical career which lasted over four decades. He had worked with Johnny Varro and was also a member of two Jazz bands. Nelson died at his home in California due to Parkinson’s disease. He is survived by his wife, two daughters and four stepchildren.[3]


  1. Barnes, Mike (12 September 2013). "'Ozzie and Harriet' Writer Don Nelson Dies at 86". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  2. "Writer, producer Don Nelson dies at age 86". The Celebrity Cafe. Retrieved 14 September 2013.
  3. Kelly, Devin (12 September 2013). "Screenwriter Don Nelson dies at 86". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 September 2013.

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