ozzie harriet david nelson David Nelson of 'The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet' dies at 74 of colon cancerDavid Nelson, (pictured back, left) most famous for appearing on “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” has died at the age of 74 after a battle with colon cancer, a family spokesman says.

“Ozzie and Harriet” ran for 15 seasons and 435 episodes. Real-life family Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Rick Nelson and David Nelson played themselves for all 435 episodes and even got started before that as a radio show called “Here Come the Nelsons.” David was the last surviving member of the TV family.

David married his first wife, actress June Blair, in the early 1960s and she even became his TV wife on the show. His last appearance on screen was as Traci Lords‘ father (and opposite Patty Hearst) in the 1990 Johnny Depp movie “Cry Baby.”

Nelson is survived by his wife, Yvonne, four sons and a daughter, seven grandchildren and he is the uncle to twins Matthew and Gunnar Nelson of the ’80s rock duo Nelson.

RIP, David. We grew up watching you on Nick at Nite and enjoyed your family very much.

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

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