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Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson 

Chris Abraham
Updated August 27, 2018 10.1k views 99 items
Being a fairly common name, it's no surprise there are a lot of famous people with the last name Nelson. Do you recognize all the celebrities whose last name is Nelson on this list? Although not all of these people are related, they are all famous people with Nelson as their surname. From athletes and actors to musicians and political figures, this list provides images of each famous Nelson along with information about their lives. If your surname is also Nelson, you very well could be related to some of the well-known people on this list. Examples of famous Nelsons include Willie Nelson, Judd Nelson, and Jameer Nelson, but there are plenty of others on this list to learn about other than just those three.

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Willie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 85 from Texas, USA, Abbott
Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, producer, author, poet, and activist. The critical success of the album Shotgun Willie (1973), ...more
Judd Nelson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 59 from Portland, Maine, USA
Judd Asher Nelson (born November 28, 1959) is an American actor best known for his roles as John Bender in The Breakfast Club, Alec Newbary in St. Elmo's Fire, Hot Rod / Rodimus Prime in The ...more
Jameer Nelson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 37 from Chester, Pennsylvania
Jameer Nelson (born February 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who is a free agent. He played college basketball for the Saint Joseph's Hawks, where he was named national ...more
Jordy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 30 from Manhattan, Kansas
Jordy Ray Nelson (born May 31, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He played college football at Kansas State, where he received All-America honors, and was drafted by the Green ...more
Craig T. Nelson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 74 from Spokane, USA, Washington
Craig Theodore Nelson (born April 4, 1944) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Hayden Fox in the television series Coach (for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding ...more
Roy Nelson is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 42 from Las Vegas-Paradise, NV Metropolitan Statistical Area, Nevada, United States of America
Roy Nelson (born June 20, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the Heavyweight division of Bellator MMA. A professional competitor since 2004, he formerly competed for the ...more
Horatio Nelson, 1st Visc... is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson Dec. at 47 (1758-1805) from Burnham Thorpe, England
Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, (29 September 1758 – 21 October 1805) was a British flag officer in the Royal Navy. He was noted for his inspirational ...more
Don Nelson is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Don Nelson Age 75 from Muskegon, Michigan
Donald Arvid Nelson (born May 15, 1940), sometimes known as Nellie, is an American former National Basketball Association (NBA) player and head coach. He coached the Milwaukee Bucks, the New ...more
Tim Blake Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 54 from USA, Oklahoma, Tulsa
Timothy Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American actor, writer and director. His most famous roles include Delmar O'Donnell in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000), Dr. Pendanski in Holes ...more
Azumah Nelson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 60 from Accra, Ghana
Azumah Nelson (born 19 July 1958) is a Ghanaian former professional boxer. Widely considered the greatest African boxer of all time, and is currently the 31st greatest pound for pound boxer of ...more
Earle Nelson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Dec. at 31 (1897-1928) from California
Earle Leonard Nelson (né Ferral; May 12, 1897 – January 13, 1928), also known in the media as the "Gorilla Man," the "Gorilla Killer," and the "Dark ...more
Ozzie Nelson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Dec. at 69 (1906-1975) from Jersey City, New Jersey, United States of America
Oswald George Nelson (March 20, 1906 – June 3, 1975) was an American band leader, actor, director, and producer. He originated and starred in The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, a radio and ...more
Jerry Nelson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Count von Count is a mysterious but friendly vampire-like Muppet on Sesame Street who is meant to parody Bela Lugosi's portrayal of Count Dracula. He first appeared on the show in the Season 4 ...more
Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Dec. at 45 (1940-1985) from Teaneck, Contiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, New Jersey, Bergen County, Continental United States
Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and singer-songwriter. From age eight he starred alongside his family in the radio and television ...more
Bill Nelson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 76 from Miami, Florida, United States of America
Clarence William Nelson II (born September 29, 1942) is an American attorney and politician who served as a United States Senator from Florida from 2001 to 2019. A member of the Democratic ...more
Nelson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Nelson is an American rock band founded by singer/songwriters Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (twin sons of Ricky Nelson and Kristin Nelson). The band achieved success during the early 1990s with ...more
Harriet Nelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Dec. at 85 (1909-1994) from Des Moines, Iowa, United States of America
Harriet Nelson (formerly Hilliard; born Peggy Lou Snyder; July 18, 1909 – October 2, 1994) was an American singer and actress. Nelson is best known for her role on the sitcom The Adventures of ...more
Steve Nelson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 67 from Farmington, Minnesota
Steven Lee Nelson (born April 26, 1951) is a former professional American football linebacker who played for the New England Patriots of the National Football League (NFL) from 1974 to 1987. ...more
Jeff Nelson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 52 from Baltimore, Maryland, United States of America
Jeffrey Allan Nelson (born November 17, 1966) is an American former baseball relief pitcher and current broadcaster who played 15 years in Major League Baseball. Jeff Nelson is married to Sheri ...more
Hawk Nelson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Hawk Nelson is a Canadian Christian rock and pop punk band from Peterborough, Ontario. Formed in 2000, the band has released eight studio albums to date.
Kirsten Nelson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 48 from Enid, Oklahoma, United States of America
Kirsten Nelson (born October 3, 1970) is an American actress and director. Born in Enid, Oklahoma, though raised in Chicago. Nelson grew up playing the piano and singing, and has said "I ...more
Battling Nelson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Dec. at 72 (1882-1954) from Copenhagen, Denmark
Oscar Matthew "Battling" Nelson ( June 5, 1882 – February 7, 1954), was a Danish-American professional boxer who held the World Lightweight championship. He was also nicknamed
Joe Nelson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Age 44 from Alameda, California
Joseph George Nelson (born October 25, 1974) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher.
Ed Nelson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Dec. at 86 (1928-2014) from USA, New Orleans, Louisiana
Edwin Stafford Nelson (December 21, 1928 – August 9, 2014) was an American actor, best known for his role as Dr. Michael Rossi in the ABC television series Peyton Place. Nelson appeared in ...more
Byron Nelson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Whose Last Name Is Nelson
Dec. at 94 (1912-2006) from Waxahachie, Texas, United States of America
John Byron Nelson Jr. (February 4, 1912 – September 26, 2006) was an American professional golfer between 1935 and 1946, widely considered one of the greatest golfers of all time. Nelson and two ...more