David Oswald Nelson (born October 24, 1936) is an American actor, director, producer, and son of bandleader/TV actor Ozzie Nelson and singer Harriet Hilliard.
Born in New York City, Nelson is the older brother of late singer Ricky Nelson. They, along with their parents, appeared on the long-running sitcom The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet in the 1950s and 1960s. During the run of the series, Nelson directed several episodes. After the series’ end, Nelson continued acting, directing and producing. Nelson’s last film appearance was in Cry-Baby (1990).
- Born: David Oswald Nelson October 24, 1936 New York, New York, U.S.
- Died: January 11, 2011 (aged 74) Century City, California, U.S.
- Cause of death: Colon cancer
- Resting place: Westwood Memorial Park
- Nationality: American
- Education: Hollywood High School
- Alma mater: University of Southern California
- Occupation: Actor, director, producer
- Years active: 1948–1990
- Spouse(s): June Blair (1961–1975) Yvonne O’Connor Huston (1975–2011)
- Children: 5
- Parents: Ozzie Nelson (1906-1975) Harriet Hilliard (1903-1994)
- Relatives: Ricky Nelson (1940-1985) Tracy Nelson (niece) Matthew Nelson (nephew) Gunnar Nelson (nephew) Sam Nelson (nephew)