When New Orleans native Ed Nelson heard that Roger Corman and his
crew were heading to Louisiana to film Swamp Women
, he figured working
with Corman would boost his fledgling career. The weather was hot and
humid, the working conditions weren’t exactly posh, and the gig included
wrangling wild animals provided by a roadside attraction off Highway 11
in Slidell. Nelson loved it. He collaborated with Corman on several
more films, including Attack of the
Crab Monster, in which he played the title role (he was the stuntman
working the controls from inside the prop), the underwater stunt double
for Pamela Duncan, and a bit part as Ensign Quinlan.
Ed Nelson did a lot of television in the '60s, appearing in episodes of The Twilight Zone
, The FBI
, 77 Sunset Strip
, and The Outer Limits
; however, it was the role of
Dr. Michael Rossi in Peyton Place
that brought him fame. Peyton
, a primetime soap opera, played two nights a week (Tuesdays and
Thursdays) on ABC and ran for five years (1964–69).
I wasn’t a
fan of Peyton Place
, although I was a great fan of Ed Nelson. My
favorite Ed Nelson role is in The Fugitive
; in the episode “The Girl
from Little Egypt,” Ed plays Paul Clements, an oily married man chasing
after stewardess Ruth Norton, played by Pamela Tiffin. Ed did such a
good job playing an oily married man that I’m glad to learn he was a
devoted husband and father in real life.
Ed was a true and
devoted son of New Orleans: he was a key committee member of the Krewe
of Bacchus, and he taught continuing education at Tulane, performed in
community theater, and remained in New Orleans until Hurricane Katrina
forced him and his wife Patricia to move north to Monroe. He later
relocated to Greensboro, North Carolina, to be near his daughter, and
considered it his second home. He died in Greensboro on August 9, 2014.
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