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Ed Nelson dies at 85; star of TV's 'Peyton Place'

Ed Nelson dies at 85; star of TV's 'Peyton Place'

Ed Nelson, a television, stage and film actor who was one of the mainstays of the 1960s prime-time soap opera "Peyton Place," died Saturday at his home in Greensboro, N.C. He was 85.

He had been in declining health with various ailments, said a daughter-in-law, Asta Hansen.

On "Peyton Place," the night-time TV drama revolving around the romantic relationships in a small New England town, Nelson played Michael Rossi during the series' entire 1964-1969 run on ABC. At the beginning, actress Dorothy Malone received top billing; Mia Farrow and Ryan O'Neal were propelled to stardom by their appearances on the steamy serial. By the last season, Nelson's doctor...

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