Judd Nelson is an American actor who began his career in the year 1983. Two years later, he landed his breakthrough role as John Bender on The Breakfast Club which won the MTV Movie Silver Bucket of Excellence Award. Judd has remained relentless in his career and even grew to become a screenwriter and producer in the industry. He has starred in a series of films and television shows some of which have been specially recognized in the industry.
In this article, we are going to tell you all there is to know about the actor’s career, his rewards thereof and every other thing we learned that contribute to his being where he is today. In the meantime, we will get started more traditionally by taking a look at his background.
Judd Nelson – Bio
In the year 1959, precisely on the 28th of November, the actor was born in Portland, Maine, the United States of America and was named Judd Asher Nelson. He was born into a Jewish family headed by Leonard Nelson, a corporate lawyer and the first Jewish president of the Portland Symphony Orchestra and his wife Merle (née Royte), a court mediator and former member of the Maine state legislature. In his family, Judd Nelson was raised alongside his two sisters Eve Nelson and Julie Nelson Forsyth.
For his education, Judd was first enrolled at St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire and later finished off at Waynflete School in Portland, Maine. Afterwards, he enrolled at Haverford College in Pennsylvania where he studied till his sophomore before dropping out. Judd Nelson thereafter relocated to Manhattan, in New York to get trained in acting by American actress and acting teacher Stella Adler who is now late.
Movies And TV Shows
Judd kicked off his career in 1983 starring as Rocker Johnny in Rock ‘n’ Roll Hotel. Thereafter, the Portland-born actor landed roles almost continuously year in, year out in the ’80s in films like Making the Grade, MTV award-winning The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire, Fandango, The Transformers: The Movie (Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime’s voice), Blue City, From the Hip and Relentless. Judd also made his television debut in the ’80s with roles in series like Moonlighting, and Billionaire Boys Club which became a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film.
In the ’90s, some of Judd Nelson’s most notable film works were New Jack City, The Dark Backward, Primary Motive, Hail Caesar, Every Breath (writer and producer), Blackwater Trail, Steel, Light It Up and others. On television, he has credits in works like Tales from the Crypt, and Suddenly Susan where he starred in 71 episodes as Jack Richmond in the series which ran from 1996 to 1999.
At this point in his career, Judd Asher Nelson had already grown to earn a lot of recognition and command immense respect in the acting industry. Thus, in the new millennium, the actor got a lot busier both with film projects and television series. He has commendable credit on works like Falcon Down, White Rush, Lethal Eviction, The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Family Guy, Transformers Animated, Two and a Half Men and many others.
In the last 10 years, Judd Nelson has delighted us on screen with his remarkable acting skills in film works like The Terror Experiment (Fight or Flight), Endure, Nurse 3D, Stagecoach: The Texas Jack Story, Billionaire Boys Club. On television series, he has appeared in several episodes in works like Psych, Two and a Half Men, Nikita, Transformers: Titans Return and Transformers: Power of the Primes.
For an actor like Judd Nelson whose career is over three and a half decades old, it will be out of place to assume that he hasn’t had reasons to smile to the bank all these years. The actor has been able to amass a net worth of about $8 million. Seeing that he is still active in the entertainment industry, perhaps in the years to come, he will still add more figures to his current financial standing.
The outstanding actor Judd Nelson has been linked with a couple of women over the years. He was previously in a relationship and engaged with American actress, producer, and television director – Shannen Doherty. But for Shannen’s loggerheads with his sisters, the two discontinued their relationship.
The actor is also noted to have been in a marital relationship with Kelly Stafford. While many online reports have it that the two are no longer together, some others still list Kelly as his wife. As it is, there is no concrete report on who Judd Nelson’s wife is.