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Ralph Nelson

Ralph Nelson, American producer-director, playwright. Recipient Emmy award Academy television Arts and Sciences, 1957, Roman Catholic award Lutheran Rose, 1963, Bell ringer award (2).


  • Nelson, Ralph was born on August 12, 1916 in New York City. Son of Carl Leo and Edith (Lagergreen) Nelson.

  • Education

    • Doctor of Humane Letters, Columbia University, 1974.


    • Professional actor, 1933. Television director NBC, 1948-1949, Columbia Broadcasting System, 1949-1952. Free-lance director, 1952-1987.

      President Rainbow Productions.


    • Producer-director: Mama, 1949-1955. Theater director: The Troublemakers, 1952, Here's Mama, 1952, This Happy Breed, 1956, The Man in the Dog Suit. Director: Nutcracker Suite, (films) Requiem for a Heavyweight, 1961, Lillies of the Field, 1962 (Golden Globes award 1964, award National Conference of Christians and Jews, Oscar nominee), Soldier in the Rain, 1963, Fate is The Hunter, 1964, Father Goose, 1965, Counterpoint, 1967, Charly, 1969.

      Director, producer (films) Once A Thief, 1965, Duel at Diablo, 1966, Charly, 1967, Tick. Tick. Tick, 1968, Soldier Blue, 1969, Flight of the Doves, 1970, The Wrath of God, 1972, The Wilby Conspiracy, 1974, Embryo, 1975, A Hero Ain't Nothing But A Sandwich, 1976, Because He's My Friend, 1977, You Can't Go Home Again, 1978, Christmas Lilies of the Field, 1979.

      Director: Playhouse Ninety, Columbia Broadcasting System-television. Author: (plays) Mail Call, 1943 (John Golden prize), Angels Weep, 1944 (1st prize National Theatre Conference), The Man in the Funny Suit, also screenplays.


    Captain United States Army Air Force, 1941-1945. Fellow National Theatre Conference. Member Authors League American (life), Dramatists Guild, Writers Guild American, Actors Equity, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of television and Radio Artists, Directors Guild American, American Society of Composers, Director Guild Mexico (honorary), Players Club.


    • Children by previous marriage: Theodor, Ralph Bahnsen. Married Barbara Powers, February 6, 1954 (deceased). Children: Peter Powers, Meredith Liv.
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    Born August 12, 1916
    Died December 21, 1987
    (aged 71)
    • 1974
      Columbia University
    • 1933
      Professional actor
    • 1948 - 1949
      television director, National Broadcasting Company
    • 1949 - 1952
      television director, National Broadcasting Company
    • 1952 - 1987
      free-lance director