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      Judd Nelson

      Judd Nelson

      Highest Rated: 89% The Breakfast Club (1985)

      Lowest Rated: 7% Billionaire Boys Club (2018)

      Birthday: Nov 28, 1959

      Birthplace: Portland, Maine, USA

      Judd Nelson was an American actor who carved a unique path to fame, starting out as a rebellious bad boy teen heartthrob before transitioning into a quieter life as a well-respected (if slightly prickly and eccentric) character actor. Born on November 28, 1959 in Portland, ME, Nelson was raised in one of Portland's most prominent Jewish families; his mother was a former state legislator turned court mediator, while his father was a corporate lawyer and the first Jewish president of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Nelson attended St. Paul's School, a distinguished boarding school in Concord, NH, before studying at Haverford College in Pennsylvania. However, he dropped out during his sophomore year, and decided to move to Manhattan, where he studied acting under the tutelage of Stella Adler. By the time he was 25, Nelson was starring in films such as "Making the Grade" (1984) and "Fandango" (1985), but it would be a film about a brain, a beauty, a jock, a rebel, and a recluse all stuck together for Saturday afternoon detention that would make Nelson a bona fide phenomenon. "The Breakfast Club" (1985) was writer/director John Hughes' second feature, an instant addition into the cannon of teen movie classics. Nelson turned in a dark, hilarious, and surprisingly vulnerable performance as John Bender, the cynical, angry burnout from a broken home who becomes an unlikely paramour for Molly Ringwald's preppy prom queen, Claire Standish. The final shot of the film, a freeze frame on Nelson raising his fist in triumph as Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me" blared on the soundtrack, was instantly iconic. Then, as if "The Breakfast Club" wasn't enough, four months later, Nelson's next film, "St. Elmo's Fire" (1985) was released, quickly grossing nearly $40 million on a $10 million budget. The tale of a group of friends trying to figure out their post-college lives, "St. Elmo's Fire" showed a different, more mature side of Nelson. Taken together, these two films are perhaps best remembered for introducing the world to a group of actors who would come to be known as the Brat Pack: Nelson, Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy. The press followed their every move with intense scrutiny for most of the 1980s, and Nelson was never shy of professing his hatred for the term Brat Pack, even once saying he wished he had punched out David Blum, the journalist who coined it in an article for New York Magazine. Instead of getting mad, though, Nelson focused on the work of acting. He made his TV debut in 1986 with a cameo on "Moonlighting" (ABC, 1983-89), starred in an acclaimed production of Chekhov's "The Seagull" in L.A., and played a sleazy, fast-talking attorney in Bob Clark's courtroom comedy "From the Hip" (1987). This character type, the slimy yet charming yuppie, would come to define many of Nelson's biggest roles in the nineties, from the crime drama "New Jack City" (1991) to the goofy heavy metal comedy "Airheads" (1994), and even his villainous turn in the superhero flop "Steel" (1997), starring Shaquille O'Neal. Nelson continued to make headway in the world of television as well, turning in a memorable cameo on "Tales From the Crypt" (HBO, 1989-1996), and taking a lead role alongside Brooke Shields on the successful sitcom "Suddenly Susan" (NBC, 1996-1999). Nelson continued to work in the new millennium, most notably turning in a cameo for Brat Pack superfan Kevin Smith in "Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back" (2001) and playing an Italian mob boss in the cult sequel "Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day" (2009). He even reprised the role of John Bender, albeit in cartoon form, for a bit in a 2007 episode of "Family Guy" (FOX, 1999-2002, 2005-). Nelson could next be seen playing Billy Beretti on Lee Daniels' hip-hop primetime soap "Empire" (FOX, 2015-).

      Highest rated movies

      The Breakfast Club
      New Jack City
      Nurse
      Fandango
      Down and Dangerous
      Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
      Relentless
      The Dark Backward

      Photos

      The View, Judd Nelson (L), Nicolle Wallace (C), Whoopi Goldberg (R), 08/11/1997, ©ABC On Death Row, Kevin Sorbo (L), Nicole Eggert (C), Judd Nelson (R), 'Joseph Garcia and George Rivas', Season 1, Ep. #3, 03/23/2012, ©INVESTIGATIONDISCOVERY BREAKFAST CLUB, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, 1985 Psych, James Roday (L), Judd Nelson (C), Dulé Hill (R), 'Death Is In the Air', Season 4, Ep. #13, 02/17/2010, ©USA Psych, Judd Nelson, 'Death Is In the Air', Season 4, Ep. #13, 02/17/2010, ©USA Psych, Anupam Nigam (L), Judd Nelson (R), 'Death Is In the Air', Season 4, Ep. #13, 02/17/2010, ©USA Psych, Judd Nelson, 'Death Is In the Air', Season 4, Ep. #13, 02/17/2010, ©USA MAKING THE GRADE, Gordon Jump, Judd Nelson, Jonna Lee, 1984, (c) Cannon Films THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, 1985, (c) Universal FANDANGO, Chuck Bush, Sam Robards, Judd Nelson, Kevin Costner, 1985. © Warner Bros. THE BREAKFAST CLUB, Judd Nelson, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, director John Hughes, Ally Sheedy on the set, 1985. (c)Universal Pictures.. MAKING THE GRADE, Judd Nelson, Jonna Lee, 1984, (c) Cannon Films MAKING THE GRADE, Judd Nelson, Walter Olkewicz, Scott McGinnis, Daniel Schneider, 1984, (c) Cannon Films RELENTLESS, Judd Nelson, 1989, (c)New Line Cinema RELENTLESS, Judd Nelson, Brendan Ryan, 1989, (c)New Line Cinema BLUE CITY, Judd Nelson, Paul Winfield, 1986. ©Paramount RELENTLESS, Judd Nelson, 1989, (c)New Line Cinema ST. ELMO'S FIRE, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, Mare Winningham, Andrew McCarthy, 1985, (c) Columbia Pictures ST. ELMO'S FIRE, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore, Emilio Estevez, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, 1985, (c) Columbia Pictures ST. ELMO'S FIRE, (clockwise from l-r): Mare Winningham, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Judd Nelson, 1985, (c)Columbia Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet South of Hope Street Tom (Character) - 2024
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dante's Hotel Brayer (Character) - 2023
      No Score Yet 20% The Most Dangerous Game Marcus Rainsford (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet No Score Yet A Tale of Two Guns Captain Mathias (Character) - 2022
      No Score Yet 60% Girl in the Basement Don (Character) - 2021
      No Score Yet 81% Electric Jesus Pastor Wember (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet 50% Iceland Is Best Mr. Sonquist (Character) - 2020
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Santa Fake Seb (Character) - 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dauntless Admirial Raymond Spruance (Character) - 2019
      14% 19% Dead Water McLean (Character) - 2019
      7% 33% Billionaire Boys Club Ryan Hunt (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 97% 1/1 Robert (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 53% From Straight A's to XXX Don (Character) - 2017
      No Score Yet 35% Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story Sid (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet 86% The Bandit Hound Manny (Character) - 2016
      No Score Yet No Score Yet When Duty Calls Gary Lawton (Character) - 2016
      44% 67% This Is Happening Steven (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet 60% Road to the Open Anger Management Therapist (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 16% Private Number Sheriff Stance (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 9% Bigfoot Wars Dr. Leonard Evans (Character) - 2014
      64% 35% Nurse Dr. Morris (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 0% Haunting of the Innocent Mr. Franklin (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 46% Kristin's Christmas Past Glenn (Character) - 2013
      60% 26% Down and Dangerous Charles (Character) - 2013
      18% 71% Just 45 Minutes From Broadway Unknown (Character) - 2012
      44% 35% Bad Kids Go to Hell Headmaster Nash (Character) - 2012
      No Score Yet 43% Mayor Cupcake Donald Maroni (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet 64% Cancel Christmas Santa Claus/Kris Frost (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 18% Endure Emory Lane (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 8% The Terror Experiment Agent Wilson (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 9% Little Hercules Kevin (Character) - 2009
      22% 58% The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day Concezio Yakavetta (Character) $10.3M 2009
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dirty Politics Billy (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 40% A Single Woman Unknown (Character) - 2009
      No Score Yet 16% The Day the Earth Stopped Charlie (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 11% The Caretaker Unknown (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 9% Infected Malcolm Burgess (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Crenshaw Nights Jared Greene (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Black Friday Glen (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 47% Netherbeast Incorporated Steven P.D. Landry (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nevermore Jonathan Usher (Character) - 2007
      No Score Yet 8% The Black Hole Eric Bryce (Character) - 2006
      No Score Yet 17% Lethal Eviction Shep (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 45% Three Wise Guys George (Character) - 2005
      No Score Yet 25% The Lost Angel Father Brian (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 0% The Freediver Ziad (Character) - 2004
      No Score Yet 23% White Rush Brian Nathanson (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 60% Cybermutt Alex (Character) - 2003
      No Score Yet 55% Deceived Jack Jones (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 45% Santa Jr. Darryl Bedford (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 33% Lost Voyage Aaron Roberts (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 59% Strange Frequency Martin Potter (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 17% Dark Asylum Quitz (Character) - 2001
      52% 75% Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back Sheriff (Character) $30.1M 2001
      No Score Yet 38% Return to Cabin by the Lake Stanley Caldwell (Character) - 2001
      No Score Yet 0% Falcon Down Harold Peters (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sex & Bullets Max (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 0% The Spiral Staircase Phillip Warren (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hide and Shriek: A New Spin and Marty Adventure Jack Hulka (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 62% Cabin by the Lake Stanley (Character) - 2000
      No Score Yet 44% Mr. Rock 'n' Roll: The Alan Freed Story Alan Freed (Character) - 1999
      39% 75% Light It Up Ken Knowles (Character) $5.9M 1999
      8% 19% Steel Nathaniel Burke (Character) $1.7M 1997
      No Score Yet No Score Yet For a Few Lousy Dollars Hitman (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Blackwater Trail Matt (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Circumstances Unknown Paul Kinsey (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 13% Hail Caesar Prisoner One (Character) - 1994
      29% 50% Airheads Jimmie Wing (Character) $4.9M 1994
      No Score Yet 38% Blindfold: Acts of Obsession Dr. Jennings (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 10% Entangled David (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 44% Flinch Harry Mirapolsky (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Every Breath Jimmy (Character),
      Screenwriter
      - 1993
      No Score Yet 43% Caroline at Midnight Phil Gallo (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 15% Conflict of Interest Gideon (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Primary Motive Andrew Blumenthal (Character) - 1992
      45% 60% The Dark Backward Marty Malt (Character) $7.9K 1991
      80% 80% New Jack City Nick Peretti (Character) $44.1M 1991
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes Pete Dunham (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet 50% Far Out Man Self $71.4K 1990
      50% 32% Relentless Arthur "Buck" Taylor (Character) $7.0M 1989
      No Score Yet 38% Never on Tuesday Motorcycle cop (Character) - 1988
      No Score Yet 74% Billionaire Boys Club Joe Hunt (Character) - 1987
      30% 60% From the Hip Robin "Stormy" Weathers (Character) $7.0M 1987
      62% 88% The Transformers: The Movie Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime (Voice) $5.8M 1986
      No Score Yet 24% Blue City Billy Turner (Character) $6.0M 1986
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Shattered: If Your Kid's on Drugs Unknown (Character) - 1986
      89% 92% The Breakfast Club John Bender (Character) - 1985
      63% 77% Fandango Phil Hicks (Character) - 1985
      42% 68% St. Elmo's Fire Alec Newbary (Character) - 1985
      No Score Yet 54% Making the Grade Eddie Keaton (Character) - 1984
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rock 'n' Roll Hotel Johnny (Character) - 1983

      TV

      Credit
      84% 48% Empire Billy Beretti (Guest Star) 2015 2019
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2015
      40% No Score Yet Heartbreakers Unknown (Character) 2014
      85% 69% Nikita Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      31% 82% The Neighbors Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      65% 65% Two and a Half Men Chris Makelroy (Guest Star) 2010
      89% 94% Psych Unknown (Guest Star) 2010
      35% 80% Eleventh Hour Unknown (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy John Bender (Guest Voice) 2007
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: New York Cigarette Company Executive (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Las Vegas Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Suddenly Susan Jack Richmond (Character) 1996-2000
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Harry Longworth (Guest Star) 2000
      82% 99% Tales From the Crypt Unknown (Character) 1992