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Who Is The Most Famous Nelson In The World?

Updated January 28, 2021 12.0k views81 items

List RulesVote up all of the Nelsons you've heard of.

How many celebrities with the last name Nelson can you think of? The famous Nelsons below have many different professions, including notable actors with the last name Nelson, famous musicians named Nelson, and even athletes named Nelson.

Willie Nelson is certainly one of the most famous Nelsons on this list. One of the famous singer-songwriters with the last name Nelson, he is best known for such hits as “Crazy,” “On the Road Again,” and “To All the Girls I've Loved Before.” He was also a member of The Highwaymen with Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Kris Kristofferson.

Another of the famous people with the last name Nelson is Judd Nelson. He is an actor associated with the Brat Pack. He starred in St. Elmo's Fire, The Breakfast Club, and other films.

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  • Willie Nelson
    Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor,...  more
  • Judd Nelson
    Judd Asher Nelson (born November 28, 1959) is an American actor best known for his roles as...  more
  • Craig T. Nelson
    Craig Theodore Nelson (born April 4, 1944) is an American actor. He is known for his roles as...  more
  • Tim Blake Nelson
    Timothy Blake Nelson (born May 11, 1964) is an American actor, writer and director. His most...  more
  • Ozzie Nelson

    Ozzie Nelson

    Dec. at 69 (1906-1975)
    Oswald George Nelson (March 20, 1906 – June 3, 1975) was an American band leader, actor,...  more
  • Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    Dec. at 45 (1940-1985)
    Eric Hilliard Nelson (May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985) was an American pop star, musician, and...  more
  • Kirsten Nelson
    Kirsten Nelson (born October 3, 1970) is an American actress and director. Born in Enid,...  more
  • Hawk Nelson
    Hawk Nelson is a Canadian Christian rock and pop punk band from Peterborough, Ontario. Formed...  more
  • Sandy Nelson
    Sander L. Nelson (born December 1, 1938) is an American drummer. Nelson, one of the best-known...  more
  • George Nelson
    George Driver "Pinky" Nelson (born (1950-07-13)July 13, 1950) is an American physicist,...  more
  • Jameer Nelson
    Jameer Nelson (born February 9, 1982) is an American professional basketball player who is a...  more
  • Jordy Nelson
    Jordy Ray Nelson (born May 31, 1985) is a former American football wide receiver. He played...  more
  • Roy Nelson

    Roy Nelson

    Age: 44
    Roy Nelson (born June 20, 1976) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in the...  more
  • Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson

    Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson

    Dec. at 47 (1758-1805)
    Admiral Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté, (29 September 1758 – 21...  more
  • Gene Nelson

    Gene Nelson

    Dec. at 76 (1920-1996)
    Gene Nelson (March 24, 1920 – September 16, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, screenwriter,...  more
  • Don Nelson

    Don Nelson

    Age: 75
    Donald Arvid Nelson (born May 15, 1940), sometimes known as Nellie, is an American former...  more
  • Azumah Nelson
    Azumah Nelson (born 19 July 1958) is a Ghanaian former professional boxer. Widely considered...  more
  • Earle Nelson

    Earle Nelson

    Dec. at 31 (1897-1928)
    Earle Leonard Nelson (né Ferral; May 12, 1897 – January 13, 1928), also known in the media as...  more
  • Bill Nelson
    Clarence William Nelson II (born September 29, 1942) is an American attorney and politician...  more
  • Harriet Nelson

    Harriet Nelson

    Dec. at 85 (1909-1994)
    Harriet Nelson (formerly Hilliard; born Peggy Lou Snyder; July 18, 1909 – October 2, 1994) was...  more
  • Steve Nelson
    Steven Lee Nelson (born April 26, 1951) is a former professional American football linebacker...  more
  • Jeff Nelson
    Jeffrey Allan Nelson (born November 17, 1966) is an American former baseball relief pitcher...  more
  • Battling Nelson

    Battling Nelson

    Dec. at 72 (1882-1954)
    Oscar Matthew "Battling" Nelson ( June 5, 1882 – February 7, 1954), was a Danish-American...  more
  • Joe Nelson

    Joe Nelson

    Age: 45
    Joseph George Nelson (born October 25, 1974) is a former Major League Baseball relief pitcher....  more
  • Ed Nelson

    Ed Nelson

    Dec. at 86 (1928-2014)
    Edwin Stafford Nelson (December 21, 1928 – August 9, 2014) was an American actor, best known...  more