Although Ozzie published his autobiography in the last years of his life with his Christian image intact, pesky rumors followed him later on that he was in actuality an atheist. They remain just that -- rumors.
At the age of 13, he became one of the youngest persons to become an Eagle Scout.
Before they got their own radio show (1944), Ozzie and Harriet were regulars on Red Skelton's radio show.
Father, with singer-actress Harriet Hilliard Nelson, of actor-director David Nelson and of actor-singer Ricky Nelson.
He and Harriet were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Radio at 6260 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
He graduated from Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey with a Bachelors degree and earned a law degree from Rutgers Newark School of Law in Newark, New Jersey in 1930.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Television at 6555 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
His portrayal of himself on "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952), was ranked #21 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" [20 June 2004 issue].
Interred at Forest Lawn (Hollywood Hills), Hollywood, California, USA, on the right as you enter, on the steep slope under the third tree, two rows below son Ricky Nelson.
Pictured with wife Harriet Hilliard Nelson on a 44¢ USA commemorative postage stamp, issued 11 August 2009, in the Early TV Memories issue, honoring "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (1952).
Son of Swedish immigrants.
Was made a doctor of humane letters by Rutgers University in 1957.