John Allen Nelson

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John Allen Nelson
Born (1959-08-28) August 28, 1959 (age 61)
San Antonio, Texas, United States
OccupationActor, screenwriter
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Åse Samuelsson (1988–2005; divorced)
Justine Eyre (2007–present)

John Allen Nelson (born August 28, 1959) is an American actor and screenwriter.[1]

Early life[edit]

John Allen Nelson was born in San Antonio, Texas, United States of America. 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.


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 (and later recurred) 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 Geller's boyfriend (also known as "The Wine Guy") in the first episode of Friends.

Personal life[edit]

Nelson married Åse Samuelsson in 1988. They separated in 2003 and divorced in 2005. His two children from the marriage, son Axel (born 1990) and daughter Linnea (born 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, Luca Nelson, born in Los Angeles in August 2009. They later moved to Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, in the mid 2010s.



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 III: The Happy Finish Shitkicker
2010 The Town HRT/FBI Swat Commander
201? Fire Bay John F. Kennedy


Year Program or series Role Notes
1983 Loving Duke Rochelle
1984 The Edge of Night[2] Jack Boyd
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, The Wine Guy
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
2016-2017 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Silas Bunch


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-11-17. Retrieved 2015-11-13.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "John Allen Nelson". Retrieved 2016-10-21.

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