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David Nelson -- 'Ozzie and Harriet' Star -- Dead

1/12/2011 10:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

David Nelson who starred in one of the most popular sitcoms ever -- "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" -- is dead at the age of 74.

David Nelson Dead

Nelson was the last surviving member of the cast.  The show, which ran from 1952 - 1966, featured David, his brother Ricky (who was also a huge singer), and parents Ozzie and Harriet.

Ricky Nelson -- who's hits include "Garden Party" and "Hello Mary Lou" and "Travelin' Man" -- died at age 45 in a plane crash in 1985.

David -- who died of complications from colon cancer -- is survived by his wife and five children.


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stu    

1st again!!!!
i think ALL IN THE FAMILY was the best show ever!

1289 days ago
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adriane    

So sad. One of my friends just posted this on facebook. Wonderful man. I don't remember ever hearing that he was in trouble or caused any kind of scene for paparazzi to do anything but be nice. Thank you, TMZ, for posting.

1289 days ago
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Janet    

This is terribly sad. His poor family must be heartbroken.

1289 days ago
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Cheryl    

David was a kind and great man. He helped his brothers family out when he died in the plane crash.

Today's kids wont have any idea who he is.
God bless David and his family.

1289 days ago
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MIDNIGHT TOKER    

sad he never realized his true dream of becoming a banker and he was so upset he killed himself....
he was great in "father knows best" as bud

1289 days ago
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timsami    

Back in the 1950's, it was fun growing up with the likes of the Nelsons [Rick & David] as well as Bridges [Bo & Jeff], Kirk Russel, Ron Howard and many more.

1289 days ago
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Big Daddy    

David Nelson was also a member of Ringling Brother's Barnum and Baily Circus for awhile. He was a trapez artist

1289 days ago
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Karen    

So sad to hear this!! Loved the Nelsons!! The tv was just a good simple family tv show to watch.
RIP David Nelson. Now you are with Ricky again.

1289 days ago
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dd    

Awww nice guy..

1289 days ago
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Lil    

He was just dreamy as Ted Carter in Peyton Place. David and Ricky grew up on TV and grew into wonderful men. RIP David, you are missed.

1289 days ago
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Rock Singer    


Thanks for letting me know my family wasn't as good as yours..mine, totally dysfunctional.

1289 days ago
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Lori    

Sad...he seemed like a nice guy, no scandal, just a decent man. My condolences to his family.

1289 days ago
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Tammy    

At # 5 Posted at 9:54 AM on Jan 12, 2011 by MIDNIGHT TOKER

WHAT are you on CRACK??? he died of complications from colon cancer he didn't kill himself your not funny your a crack pot, go away looser.

1289 days ago
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gayle    

This is truly a very sad day today. I loved that show -- it became part of our family every Sunday night! RIP David...you will be missed!!!

1289 days ago
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Bob    

Ozzie & Harriet a Great show. What garbage is on TV today showing moronic families. Last of a great Family show.

Rest in peace.

1289 days ago
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