On this date in 1911, actor Frank Nelson was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado. As such, today, May 5th 2021, would have marked his 110th birthday.
He is long remembered for his work with Jack Benny, starting out on his radio show in the 1940s, before moving on to work with him on Mr. Benny’s television show.
Mr. Nelson guest starred on several episodes of the I Love Lucy show, including playing the conductor on my favourite episode, “The Great Train Robbery“. He would become a semi regular member of the cast during season six, playing neighbour Ralph Ramsey.
He was married twice, first to Mary Lansing from 1933 to 1970, and then to Veola Vonn from 1970 until his death.
Mr. Nelson was diagnosed with cancer in 1985, and died on September 12, 1986.