Barry Nelson

From the Archives: Barry Nelson, 89; originated role of James Bond on TV

From the Archives: Barry Nelson, 89; originated role of James Bond on TV

Barry Nelson, a Broadway leading man who launched his career at MGM in the 1940s and earned a niche in show-business history as the first actor to play British secret agent James Bond — as an American named Jimmy Bond — in a live television production of "Casino Royale" in the 1950s, has died. He was 89.

Nelson died April 7 at a hotel in Bucks County, Pa., his wife, Nansi, said Friday. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

As an MGM contract player in the 1940s, Nelson appeared in films such as "Shadow of the Thin Man," "Dr. Kildare's Victory," "A Yank on the Burma Road," "The Human Comedy,"...

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