Peyton Place Actor Ed Nelson Dies

Television and movie actor Ed Nelson died Aug. 9, 2014, at age 85. Best known for his portrayal of Dr. Michael Rossi on evening soap opera "Peyton Place," Nelson also played President Harry S. Truman in the national tour of "Give 'Em Hell, Harry." At age 71 Nelson earned completed his college degree at Tulane University in New Orleans, Nelson's hometown. Here's a look at Ed Nelson. 

The veteran character actor, who was best known for playing Dr. Michael Rossi on the 1960s primetime soap, died in Greensboro, North Carolina, his daughter-in-law told The New York Times. "Peyton Place,” which also starred Ryan O’Neal, Barbara Parkins, and Mia Farrow, enjoyed a lengthy five seasons on ABC, and Nelson appeared on a whopping 436 episodes. 

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Read and share tributes to Ed Nelson in his Guest Book.

There were almost too many sides to Ed Nelson to count, and not just as an actor. Those were the sides that included the early work with B-movie mogul Roger Corman -- including work filmed in and around New Orleans -- as well as the turn as the handsome Dr. Michael Rossi on the prime-time soap opera "Peyton Place" in the 1960s. Read more

As a key member of the Mardi Gras Krewe of Bacchus, Nelson helped bring Hollywood luminaries such as James Gandolfini, Bob Hope, Dick Clark, and Charlton Heston to New Orleans as parade kings. See photo gallery