John Allen Nelson

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John Allen Nelson
Born (1959-08-28) August 28, 1959 (age 54)
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Åse Samuelsson (1988-2005) (divorced) 2 children
Justine Eyre (2007-present)

John Allen Nelson (born August 28, 1959) is an American actor.

Early life[edit]

John Allen Nelson was born in San Antonio, Texas. He spent his first three years in Germany with his three siblings, David, Nancy and Diana where his father was stationed as a doctor for the U.S. Air Force.

Career[edit]

Nelson portrayed original series character Warren Lockridge on the American soap opera Santa Barbara from August 1, 1984 to April 29, 1986. He starred as the title character in the low-budget 1987 comedy-fantasy Hunk where a nerd was transformed into a golden-tanned, muscular hunk after "leasing" his soul to the Devil.

Nelson co-starred with Grant Cramer, Suzanne Snyder, Royal Dano and John Vernon in the 1988 cult/sci-fi epic Killer Klowns from Outer Space.

Nelson co-starred in the early seasons of the series Baywatch as "John D. Cort," a lifeguard who is ultimately forced to retire because of retinitis pigmentosa. Later, Nelson co-starred with fellow Baywatch alum Gena Lee Nolin in the syndicated Sheena, Queen of the Jungle.

Nelson also co-wrote the screenplay for the martial arts-yarn Best of the Best 2, which was released in 1993, as well as American Yakuza starring Viggo Mortensen. The following year, in 1994, Nelson co-wrote and co-starred in the movie Criminal Passion which featured Joan Severance and Anthony Denison.

Nelson's most critically acclaimed television success was in the role of Walt Cummings in 24, followed by the role of Senator Jeffrey Collins in the 2006 Fox drama Vanished.

Nelson also appeared as Paul, Monica Gellar's boyfriend (aka "The Wine Guy") in the first episode of Friends.

Personal life[edit]

Nelson married Åse Nelson in 1988. They separated in 2003 and divorced in 2005. His two children from that marriage—son Axel (b. 1990) and daughter Linnea (b. 1994)—live with their mother in Sweden. He married actress Justine Eyre in a four day fairytale wedding at Château de Farcheville outside Paris, France in September 2007 and they have a son born in August 2009.

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1987 Saigon Commandos Timothy Bryant
Hunk Hunk Golden
1988 Deathstalker and the Warriors from Hell Deathstalker
Killer Klowns from Outer Space Dave Hanson
1993 Taking Liberty
1994 Criminal Passion Connor Ashcroft
1996 Follow Me Home Perry
1998 Marry Me or Die
Shelter Martin Roberts
2009 Feast 3: The Happy Finish Shitkicker
201? Fire Bay John F. Kennedy

Television[edit]

Year Program or series Role Notes
1983 Loving Duke Rochelle
1984–1986 Santa Barbara Warren Lockridge
1987 Scarecrow and Mrs. King Brian Dubinski
Hunter Dr. Tim Donaldson
Buck James Buddy Cronin
1988 Heartbeat Bobby
1989 Perry Mason: The Case of the Lethal Lesson Frank Wellman Jr.
Quantum Leap Capt. Bill 'Bird Dog' Birdell
1989–1990 Booker Ronald Arrizola
1989–1993 Matlock Terry Maslin
Bill Parker
two episodes
1989–1995 Baywatch John D. Cort
1990 Rich Men, Single Women Travis
1991 Murder, She Wrote Tod Sterling
1994 XXX's & OOO's Andy St. James
Friends Paul
Sweet Justice Logan Wright
1997 Pensacola: Wings of Gold Captain Tom Redding
1998 Seven Days Mike Clary
Early Edition Ricky Brown
1999 V.I.P. FBI Agent Lambert
2000–2002 Sheena Matt Cutter
2003 Baywatch: Hawaiian Wedding John D. Cort
2005 CSI: Miami Mike Rydell
2005–2006 24 Walt Cummings
2006 Vanished Senator Jeffrey Collins
2007 Close to Home William Sheffield
Saving Grace Buck Crussing
2008 Burn Notice Lesher
Without a Trace Mark Duncan
Knight Rider Congressman Childress
Grey's Anatomy Arthur Saltonoff
2008–2009 Privileged Arthur Smith
2009 Inside the Box Special Agent Tompkins
Criminal Minds Dan Murphy
Drop Dead Diva D.A. Callahan
2013 Castle Walter Dennis
2014 Crisis President DeVore Recurring

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