Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. His star, for Television, is located at 1501 Vine Street in Hollywood.
Both boys made their movie debuts in the family feature film Here Come the Nelsons (1952), a comedy released about eight months before the family debuted on TV.
For the film The Big Circus (1959), he had to learn how to be a catcher in a trapeze act. He later appeared professionally as a catcher.
Married first wife, June Blair, on 20 May 1961 at Forest Lawn Cemetery's Church of the Hills. Brother Ricky Nelson was the best man.
Father of Daniel and James from his first marriage. Adopted his second wife's three children after they married 1975.
His mother, the singer-actress Harriet Hilliard, appeared with him in the dramatic film Smash-Up on Interstate 5 (1976) (TV).
Stopped by a ticket agent at John Wayne Airport after letters in the name "David Nelson" were red flagged for terrorists. Two police officers recognized Nelson and allowed him to board his flight (December 2002).
In 2006, he was nominated for a TV Land Award for "Ozzie and Harriet" and received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.