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    Barry Nelson, Actor: The Shining. A genial, well-respected, all-around "nice guy", the breezily handsome Barry Nelson was born Haakon Robert Nielsen on April 16, 1917, in San Francisco, California, to Betsy (Christophersen) and Trygve "Ted" Nielsen, both Norwegian immigrants. He was raised in nearby Oakland and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941. A ...

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    Barry Nelson (born Robert Haakon Nielsen, April 16, 1917 – April 7, 2007) was an American actor, noted as the first actor to portray Ian Fleming's secret agent James Bond.

  3. A genial, well-respected, all-around "nice guy", the breezily handsome Barry Nelson was born Haakon Robert Nielsen on April 16, 1917, in San Francisco, California, to Betsy (Christophersen) and Trygve "Ted" Nielsen, both Norwegian immigrants. He was raised in nearby Oakland and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941.

    • Haakon Robert Nielsen
    • 5' 11½" (1.82 m)
  4. A genial, well-respected, all-around "nice guy", the breezily handsome Barry Nelson was born Haakon Robert Nielsen on April 16, 1917, in San Francisco, California, to Betsy (Christophersen) and Trygve "Ted" Nielsen, both Norwegian immigrants. He was raised in nearby Oakland and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in 1941.

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    • April 16, 1917
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    Barry Nelson (April 16, 1917 April 7, 2007) was an American, noted as the first actor to portray Ian Fleming's secret agent James Bond.

    Nelson was born Robert Haakon Nielsen in San Francisco, California, of Norwegian ancestry, the son of Betsy (nee Christophsen) and Trygve Nielsen. (His year of birth has been subject of some debate, but his 1943 Army enlistment record and his 1993 voter registration records certify 1917 as the correct year of his birth.) He began acting in school at the age of fifteen. He graduated from the University of California Berkeley in 1941 and, because of his theatrical efforts in school, was almost immediately signed to a motion picture contract by Metro-Golden-Mayer Studios.\\

    Nelson was an actor of stage and screen. He began working in Hollywood in 1938 and appeared in dozens of movies and TV shows before he was cast as James Bond. Nelson was the first actor (and the first non European before George Lazenby who was the second) to play James Bond on screen, in a 1954 adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel Casino Royale on the television anthology series Climax!. He preceded Sean Connery's interpretation of Bond in Dr. No by eight years. Reportedly this was considered a pilot for a possible James Bond television series, though it's not known if Nelson intended to continue playing the character. Nelson played James Bond as an American named \\"Jimmy Bond\\".

    Nelson had two wives, actress Teresa Celli, married in 1951 and later divorced, and Nansilee (\\"Nansi\\") Hoy, to whom he was married until his death. Nelson and his second wife divided their time between homes in New York and France. Until his death, Nelson could be seen publicly at American Civil War shows across America. He was a close friend of tenor Mario Lanza.

    According to his widow Nansi, Barry Nelson died on April 7, 2007, while traveling in Bucks County, Pennsylvania nine days before his 90th birthday. The cause of death was not disclosed.

    • April 16, 1917
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    • April 7, 2007
  5. Apr 14, 2007 · Barry Nelson, an actor who had a long career in film and television, starred in some of the more durable Broadway comedies of the 1950s and ’60s, and achieved a permanent place in the minds of ...

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  6. Apr 07, 2007 · Actor. He is best remembered as the first actor to play author Ian Fleming's British secret agent and super-spy 'James Bond', which he did in a 1954 adaptation of Casino Royale, on the television series Climax! Born Haakon Robert (which he later changed to Robert Haakon) Nielson in San Francisco, California, he began...

    • San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
    • April 16, 1917
    • New Section A, Crypt # 24
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