BIOGRAPHY

NICKNAME:

“Kelly E.”​

 

FAVORITE SONG:

FAVORITE COLOR:

FAVORITE QUOTE:

“Dave’s not here.”

Kelly Nelson in "Sabertooth"

​Kelly grew up in New Mexico, and studied theater and creative writing at the University of New Mexico and Arizona State University before winning an international photo competition in New York City for the Plaza Three agency in summer of 1982.

Later in 1982 Nelson moved to Los Angeles and was promptly signed by the Wilhelmina West agency. In the summer of 1984 Kelly began studying acting with Hollywood icon Vincent Chase, and had future stars Tia Carrera, Bill Paxton in his class. His first "work" in Hollywood was as a photo double for Richard Chamberlain in Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1987), also starring Sharon Stone and James Earl Jones. Nelson got his SAG card in 1990 by shooting a Gillette commercial with Joe Pytka.  Kelly was also the "Isuzu guy" for their "play of the day" campaign on ESPN for 1991-1992. In all Kelly worked and studied for 8 years before meeting up with the legendary Sanford Meisner in 1992. 

He quickly became a favorite of Meisner's, and went on to land the leading roles in nearly all of The Meisner Center's original main stage productions 1995-1997.  He acted in several dozen full run plays and also directed the main stage. As a writer Kelly had two one act plays and dozens of sketch comedies produced there.  Two of the highlights:  Kelly starred in the original world premiere of "The Job", written and directed by Lynn Mamet, as well as the original world premiere of "Fallen Eagle", (story of Charles Lindbergh) written and directed by Larry Cohen. Kelly was invited to be a Founding Member of the Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts by Sanford Meisner, Jimmy Carville, and artistic director Martin Barter in the spring of 1995.  He served as Managing Director of the Theater Company, Head of the Reading Committee, Sargent at Arms, also served on the Sanford Meisner Center Board of Directors.

Kelly's favorite film role was in "The Garden of Evil", also starring Malcolm McDowell, Angie Everhart, and Richard Greico.  (directed by James D.R. Hickox) Kelly appeared in "Sabretooth", along with David Keith, Josh Holloway and John Rhys-Davies; "Girls Gone Psycho", starring Kinsey Packard and Deanna Dozier (both directed by James D. R. Hickox) and "Dry Run", starring Max Ryan and Johnny Williams (directed by Aram Boyrazian).  In 2018 Chelsea Steiner cast Kelly in her sex positive sit com "Thank You Come Again", this was followed by another sit com, the David Collins/Marc Harris production of "To Die For". ​​

Kelly is currently developing "The Floating Church", an epic adventure based on his gg grandfather's life story.  More here:  https://www.thefloatingchurch.com

Kelly founded Emerald World ET, a merchant services company in 2010.  He lives in Los Angeles with his wife Samantha Hoey Nelson of Washington D.C., and his three daughters Grace-Milo, Harper-Avery, and Emerson-Kristen.  He has a nephew, Jared Allyn Perry, who lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Thank you for visiting.  

Favorite life moments:

  • Marriage to Samantha Hoey

  • Birth of Grace-Milo Scrymgeour

  • Birth of Harper-Avery Abercrombie

  • Birth of Emerson-Kristen Allyn

  • Studying acting with Sanford Meisner

  • Founding Member of the Sanford Meisner Center for the Arts

  • Studying Vocals with Seth Riggs

  • Cast by Lynn Mamet as the lead in her World Premiere of "The Job"

  • Cast by Larry Cohen as the lead in his World Premiere of "Fallen Eagle"

  • Directing first Main Stage Production "Hard Road Home" by Dan Duling

  • Student of the Year at Bellehaven Elementary

  • Spelling Bee Champion at Bellehaven Elementary

  • Admitted to The Albuquerque Academy (top 5 prep school in US)

  • Winning Men's Photography division at ITMSA Convention in NYC

  • Founded Emerald World ET

  • Had cool role in Charleze Theron's first movie 

  • First job in Hollywood:  photo double for Richard Chamberlain

  • Taking my mother and grandmother to see Sinatra at the old Universal Amphitheater

  • Got SAG card booking National Gillette Commercial 

  • First agent Wilhelmina West

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kelly Nelson IMDb actor card

2010 - present

2010 - present