Ricky Nelson


May 8, 1940 – December 31, 1985

Sometimes you are just born into show business.  Eric “Ricky” Nelson was certainly that.  At the age of 9, he began playing himself on the long-running radio and television show The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet, alongside his mother and father and brother, David.  During the run of the show, and well after it ended, Ricky became a very successful musician.  He is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and had over 50 singles on the Billboard charts during his career.

Aaaand, as many child stars’ stories go, it all ended rather poorly for Rick.  He was an admitted user of a number of drugs throughout his life, a detail which may or may not have played a role in the New Years Eve 1985 plane crash that claimed his life along with 6 others.  Who knows?  Nelson left behind quite an emotional and financial mess that led to lawsuits and jilted illegitimate children.  He also left us sons Gunnar and Matthew, AKA the ’90’s band, Nelson.  Take that for what it’s worth.


Forest Lawn Memorial Park – Hollywood Hills, CA

Specific Location

Revelation, Lot 3538; From the northwestern point of the Murmuring Trees section on Evergreen Dr., walk 16 rows up the hill to the southwest (away from the Murmuring Trees point) in the Revelation section, you’ll find his grave just 4 rows behind a tree. Ricky is buried 2 rows above and 2 spaces to the left of his father.



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