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Actor David Nelson dies at 74

LOS ANGELES - David Nelson, who starred on his parents' popular television show "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet," died Tuesday, a family spokesman said. He was 74.

Nelson died at his home in the Century City area of Los Angeles after battling complications of colon cancer, said family spokesman and longtime Hollywood publicist Dale Olson.

Nelson was the last remaining member of the Nelsons TV family, which included actor/bandleader Ozzie, his singer wife, Harriet Hilliard and his teen-idol brother Rick. The show originated on radio in 1952 as "Here Come the Nelsons," then ran for 320 episodes on TV from 1952 to 1966 as "The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet" with some of the story lines taken from the stars' own lives. David Nelson also directed and produced numerous episodes of the show throughout its run.

The show was shot in the Nelson family home in the Hollywood foothills, which remains a popular attraction for visitors on Hollywood celebrity bus tours.

Born in New York City, David attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California.

His film credits include "Peyton Place," "The Remarkable Mr. Pennypacker," "The Big Circus," "Day of the Outlaw" and "30." In 1976, he co-starred with his mother in "Smash-Up on Interstate 5." His television credits include "Up In Smoke," "The Love Boat," and "High School USA." Directing credits include "O.K. Crackerby," "Childish Things," and "Ozzie's Girls." He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

He is survived by his wife, Yvonne; four sons; a daughter; and seven grandchildren. A service will be Thursday at Pierce Brothers Westwood Mortuary.

- AP

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