Nelson in 2007.
March 25, 1960 |
New York City, New York, U.S.
Haywood Nelson (born March 25, 1960 in New York City) is an American actor. He is best known for having portrayed Dwayne Nelson on the television series What's Happening!! from 1976-1979, and its spin-off series What's Happening Now!! 1985-1988.
Haywood was a child star, appearing in many national commercials; he also appeared on Broadway in a successful show, Thieves. At the age of 14, he also guest starred on Sanford and Son (1972) as Grady's grandson; at 15, he was in the cast of a spin-off of Sanford and Son called Grady (1975). The show was short-lived. The next year, in 1976, at the age of 16, he landed the role of Dwayne on What's Happening!!(1976). Haywood Nelson still works in entertainment, although mainly behind the scenes; he has worked in talk shows, TV shows and interview programs. He is a member of the Church of Scientology.
- 'Flashback Fridays: Haywood Nelson', by Kenya N. Byrd, Essence Magazine, 8/7/2009 
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