Singer, songwriter, and musician who was the son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson. He starred on the series The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet with his family members. He was also nominated for a Golden Globe for his appearance in Rio Bravo.
He was born Eric Hilliard Nelson and was later nicknamed Ricky. He had such severe asthma as a child, forcing him to sleep with a vaporizer.
His first #1 hit was "Poor Little Fool." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
He married Kristin Harmon on April 20, 1963 and they divorced in November 1982. He had five children.
Tracy Nelson is his daughter.