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Judd Nelson

Born in Portland, Maine to attorney Leonard Nelson and his wife, Merle Nelson, (attorney and state assemblywoman), Judd attended St. Paul's preparatory school in Concord, New Hampshire before majoring in philosophy at the prestigious Haverford College in Pennsylvania. The acting bug bit when he went to watch a friend's audition and was obliged to audition in order to stay. He won the role.After graduation, Judd headed for New York City and the Stella Adler Conservatory where he was believable in the role as the "street-smart Eddie Keaton" in the comedy Making the Grade (1984). Judd's next film role was as the stodgy ROTCer, Phil Hicks, in the ensemble comedy Fandango (1985). Important and diverse roles in the brat-pack films The Breakfast Club (1985) and St. Elmo's Fire (1985) quickly followed. With his privileged upbringing, Judd could have brought the right degree of preppy-smarmyness, (ala James Spader), to any number of vapid roles, but his intense stare and dark smoldering looks gave him a hint of danger which added to his credibility in films like the Billionaire Boys Club (1987), From the Hip (1987) and New Jack City (1991).While Judd's career has been peppered with under-promoted films and poorly-written TV appearances, critics have not been overly kind to this misunderstood actor.

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Nov 28, 1959 In Portland, Maine, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series Moonlighting 1985-03-03
Latest Project:
Series Heartbreakers 2014-08-13

Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Suddenly Susan
Heartbreakers None 2014-08-13
Ben 10: Omniverse Unknown 2012-08-01
The Neighbors Unknown 2012-09-26
Nikita Unknown 2010-09-09
Transformers: Animated Unknown 2007-12-26
Phineas and Ferb Unknown 2007-08-17
Psych Unknown 2006-07-07
CSI: NY Unknown 2004-09-22
Two and a Half Men Unknown 2003-09-22
Las Vegas Unknown 2003-09-22
Survivor Unknown 2000-05-31
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown 2000-10-06
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
Suddenly Susan Jack Richmond 71 episodes, 1996-1999 1996-09-19
The Outer Limits Unknown 1995-03-26
Tales from the Crypt Unknown 1989-06-10
Moonlighting Unknown 1985-03-03