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Post by PeplumParadise » 29/03/2024, 12:18

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Burt Nelson in La rivolta degli schiavi (1960)
Burt Nelson was an American actor, active in US films and television in the late 1950's and Italian films in the first half of the 1960's (with one odd role 24 years later).

He was born Burton Merriam on June 19th 1932 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. IMDb adds that he was 1.91m (6' 3") tall.

A 1958 newspaper article tells us that, after leaving college, he worked first as a nightclub bouncer and that he was, at that point, married to a song-stylist named Diana Fuller. He was handsome in a fairly nondescript way and muscular without having a bodybuilder's physique. Rodd Dana described Nelson to Johan as a "Hollywood he-man type who created “Popeyes” Marburger Restaurant on the Via Veneto. Did some acting and dubbing".

He first appeared in small roles in American TV shows and films between 1957-1959. In 1960 he turned up in Europe, reportedly residing in Rome, and over the next 5 years he would appear in at least 6 Italian film productions, of which 2 were shot in Spain and 2 in Yugoslavia, including his only lead role in Drakut il vendicatore (1961). He disappeared from view after 1964, bar one appearance in a semi-documentary in 1972, reappearing for one final role 24 years later in an international production shot in Germany. Burt was obviously still living in Rome in 1969, since a November 1st newspaper article describes his marriage to Daly Foss, saying that Mark Damon was his best man and that Burt was then working as the representative in Rome for an international restaurant chain. It seems he also did some dubbing work while in Italy, though the one dubbing credit listed by IMDb is incorrect.

Burt died on June 16th 1998, at the age of 65.

Filmography

1957
  1. Have Gun - Will Travel (TV series) S. 1, ep. 5: "A Matter of Ethics" .... Farmer (credited)
  2. Playhouse 90 (TV series) S. 1, ep. 3: "The Helen Morgan Story" .... Bouncer (credited)
  3. The Story of Mankind .... Second early man (credited)

    1958
  4. Bullwhip .... Pine Hawk (credited)
  5. Cheyenne (TV series) S. 3, ep. 16: "The Long Search" .... Ad Stevens (credited)
  6. Cimarron City (TV series) S. 1, ep. 1: "I, the people" .... Deputy (credited)
  7. Richard Diamond, Private Detective (TV series) S. 2, ep. 16: "Last Testament" .... Harry Hill (credited)
  8. Seven Guns to Mesa .... Bear (credited)
  9. The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (TV series) S. 1, ep. 3: "The Mysterious Cowhand" .... Red (credited)
  10. The Restless Gun (TV series) S. 1, ep. 38: "The Peddler" .... Jeff Jackson (credited)

    1960
  11. La rivolta degli schiavi .... Catulo (credited)

    1961
  12. Barabba .... Gladiator (uncredited - uncertain identification)
  13. Drakut il vendicatore .... Drakut (credited)

    1962
  14. Col ferro e col fuoco .... Longhin (credited as "Bruno Nessi")
  15. Colpo gobbo all'italiana .... American tourist (credited)

    1963
  16. Tempo di Roma .... The Cook's son (credited)

    1964
  17. Il ponte dei sospiri .... Scalabrino (credited)
  18. Massacro al Grande Canyon .... Bear Mason (credited)

    1972
  19. Erinnerung an einen Sommer in Berlin (semi-documentary) .... Thomas Wolfe (poster credit)

    1988
  20. Judgement in Berlin .... Colonel Heller (credited)

Titles to check
  • The Lawless Years (1961 TV series) S. 3, ep. 18: "The Jonathan Wills Story". IMDb as Tarzan

No Nelson!
Titles where Burt is listed as appearing somewhere online, but cannot be found. There always has to be one!
  • Don't Give Up the Ship (1959) IMDb, as Saunders - navy guard. Not credited and I found neither this role nor anyone who looked like Burt.
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Post by PeplumParadise » 29/03/2024, 12:19

Have Gun - Will Travel (1957 TV series) Season 1, episode 5: "A Matter of Ethics", credited, as Farmer
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/04/2024, 16:22

Playhouse 90 (1957 TV series) Season 1, episode 3: "The Helen Morgan Story", credited, as Bouncer
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/04/2024, 16:24

The Story of Mankind (1957) credited, as Second early man
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/04/2024, 16:28

Bullwhip (1958) credited, as Pine Hawk
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/04/2024, 16:30

Cheyenne (1958 TV series) Season 3, episode 16: "The Long Search", credited, as Ad Stevens
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/04/2024, 16:37

Cimarron City (1958 TV series) Season 1, episode 1: "I, the people", credited, as Deputy
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/04/2024, 16:39

Richard Diamond, Private Detective (1958 TV series) Season 2, episode 16: "Last Testament", credited, as Harry Hill
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/04/2024, 16:42

Seven Guns to Mesa (1958) credited, as Bear
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Post by PeplumParadise » 01/04/2024, 16:45

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp (1958 TV series) Season 1, episode 3: "The Mysterious Cowhand", credited, as Red
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