Judd Nelson
American actor, producer and screenwriter
Judd Nelson
Judd Asher Nelson is an American actor, screenwriter, and producer. He is best known for being a member of the "Brat Pack" in the mid-1980s; and for his roles as John Bender in The Breakfast Club, Alec Newbary in St. Elmo's Fire, Hot Rod and Rodimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie and Jack Richmond in Suddenly Susan.
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What It's Like to Be Lena Dunham, SNL Host, Podcast Host and Feminist Icon
Huffington Post - 11 days
These Questions originally appeared on Quora - the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from others and better understand the world.. Answers by Lena Dunham, creator and star of Girls, co-founder of Lenny Letter, on Quora. Q: What was it like to be a fixture in the Women's March? A: It was invigorating and inspiring and exactly what we needed after the inauguration. Riding down on a party bus full of snacks with my Lenny girls was the feminist frosting on the pussy-hat shaped cake of my soul. I remember stopping at a rest stop in New Jersey, stepping into the food court, and seeing a sea of pink hats on women of every possible descriptor. Even on little tiny babies! That's what the future looks like to me, not a dark place governed by hate, racism, fear, and bigotry. It's a rest stop in New Jersey filled with the happiest women you've ever met in pink hats, gearing up for the fight/party of their lives. ... Q: What's it like hosting Saturday Nigh ...
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Things They Didn't Tell Us At My Fancy High School
Huffington Post - about 2 months
I'll admit it, I was blessed to go to one of those super-posh, elite boys' schools where someone with gray hair stands up in chapel and says "Gentlemen, someday you will rule the world." Or something like that. I couldn't entirely hear him over my handheld electronic football game. And mumbled recitations of the Shema. But some people clearly took it seriously. Just in my time there, we had the guy who runs ABC, the Mayor of Los Angeles, the creator of Mad Men. We only had 129 boys in our graduating class and one has already had a studio movie made about his life story. And he wasn't even a serial killer. Did I mention, I went to school in Los Angeles not Central Florida? Though in Central Florida's defense, there was one movie about a murderer from my school. But it starred Judd Nelson, so all in all, we've had a pretty decent homicidal maniac-free run. Our class slogan was "Greatness!' Yes, we had a class slogan. I always thought it should be "Where Smart Boys Go to Feel Stu ...
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Random Flicks Worth Checking Out This Week
Huffington Post - 2 months
What we've got here is a list of good and bad blockbusters, MOWs, B-movies, and everything in between. And they're decidedly, unabashedly random. Why not plop down on the couch and roll the dice? The Matrix Reloaded Where to find it: Netflix DVD The cast: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss The synopsis: "Neo and the rebel leaders estimate they have 72 hours until 250,000 probes discover Zion and destroy it and its inhabitants." That's right: It's Neo and the gang vs. probes! And those probes better watch their probe backs, 'cause you-know-what's about to get real. Also, this movie's got a sweaty rave scene that's pretty much the length of an actual rave. Plus, there's like a jillion Agent Smiths at one point. Whaaaa?! Bonus: This is the Matrix flick with the flying twin rasta ghost fellows. Dreads usually look pretty dumb on white guys, but against all odds these bodacious brothers manage to pull it off quite swimmingly, thank you very much. The sunglasse ...
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The Most Important Message of the <i>The Breakfast Club</i> Is a Lie
Huffington Post - about 2 years
"When you grow up, your heart dies." Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy) in The Breakfast Club. The Breakfast Club captured the teen angst of a generation, delving into themes such as stereotyping, the stigma of mental illness and bullying. At the core of this movie was this central thesis: "When you grow up, your heart dies." This sentiment has been echoed for generations, from The Who's "Hope I die before I get old," to Pearl Jam's "All that's sacred comes from youth." But as we approach the 30 year anniversary of the movie, we notice that a funny thing happened after we all graduated -- we actually learned the lessons of The Breakfast Club and made sure our hearts didn't die. And we did so by taking the rebellion of youth and trying to tackle the social problems addressed in the movie. The characters in The Breakfast Club were originally presented as caricatures: a "brain," (Brian Johnson played by Anthony Michael Hall), an "athlete" (Andrew Clark played by Emilio Estevez), a " ...
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'The Book Of Jezebel' Gives You All The Info You Need, From A-Z
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Anyone who's spent time with women's media is well acquainted with Jezebel, the fun, smart and appropriately snarky website started by Anna Holmes in 2007. The goal, according to Holmes, was to appeal to female readers without talking down to them. It quickly became clear that there was a strong desire for this type of content, and she and her staff ended up dominating the lady blogosphere. After years of editing the site, Holmes was burnt out and decided that it was time for a new project. Enter The Book of Jezebel, available Oct. 22, which was written by a range of contributors and edited by Holmes. "I like sitting and reading the dictionary so I got the idea to do a reference book, a sort of encyclopedia of the world according to the sensibilities of the site," Holmes told The Huffington Post earlier this month. The book, which includes entries that range from "indulge" to "Elizabeth Warren" to the "Hyde Amendment," serves as a sort of witty encyclopedia of all things lady-related. ...
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Anouska Stahlmann: The 10 Best Movie Scenes Of All Time
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Hello all! I'm now 15-years-old and I've realized I spend all my time watching films. I watch a lot of films and I suppose you could say I am quite good at movie trivia. What I find shocking is how many films aren't well-known when they're beyond amazing. There are some scenes that break your heart. There are some scenes that grip you and have you on the edge of your seat. There are those scenes that make your heart melt. There are those scenes that make you feel, cry, laugh and "aww." I've collected a list of 10 scenes. I've narrowed down all the scenes that have evoked so much emotion that I didn't know how to feel after watching the scene. This is my list of 10 scenes that are extra special and have that wow factor. These scenes are the ones that stared me down when I was scouring the earth for the scenes and screamed "I AM FABULOUS" or "I am the walrus" in number 8's case... 10. Schindler's List is directed by Steven Spielberg and is a film to inform audiences of the tr ...
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Lisa Bernier: The Five Stages of Getting Over Being Fired While Living in an Expensive City
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Yes. It happened. You were fired/let go/dropped from the team/released from duties/(dis)honorably discharged. Maybe you knew it was coming. Maybe, like myself, it seemed to drop into your inbox from a blue, blue sky on a sunny day to completely atomic bomb your self-esteem and enjoyment of the soy chai latte you were drinking to get you through a play rehearsal. Yes, long, convoluted, run-on sentences may have been a reason I was let go. I write them now everywhere just to make a point. In solidarity with my fellow disenchanted, disillusioned compatriots who, in this terrible and depressing economy were so cruelly released into the wilds of urban unemployment by heartless, heartless superiors, here are the five stages of being fired you will go through before you continue on your path to being AWESOME. 1. SHOCK What? WHAT?! WHAAAAAT?!!!! Noooooo! How will I buy that new dress on Modcloth that has been on my wish-list for forever? How will I afford my morning caffe ...
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Jaime Zucker: Not in My High School
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
In 2010, I graduated from Deerfield High School, a mid-sized school in the northern suburbs of Chicago. I still remember how massive that campus felt on my first day of freshman year, and how claustrophobic I was by graduation. I beam with a quiet pride at the end of the The Breakfast Club, when Judd Nelson walks triumphantly across a dusty old football field with his arm raised in victory -- that's my high school. I only felt unsafe at Deerfield once. There was a bomb threat during my sophomore year, but after a thorough investigation it was proved to be nothing more than an empty threat. After that I never felt particularly nervous about my well-being. Deerfield was an embodiment of the town for which it is named -- calm, trusting, safe. Last month, in light of recent school shootings, officials at Deerfield announced massive changes coming to the school. Not only will they be adding $400,000 of enhanced security, but that they also plan on installing an armed guard at ...
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Nico Lang: 10 Love Lessons You Can Learn From the '80s
Huffington Post - about 4 years
1. Dancing is the key to winning someone's heart. (Dirty Dancing, Flashdance, Footloose, Fame, Breakin' and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo) For anyone who has seen Dirty Dancing and the wonder of Patrick Swayze's torso (#neverforget), you know that nobody can resist dancing. What's sexier than someone who is in touch with their body and knows how to move it? It doesn't even matter what they're dancing to or whether it's a tune as admittedly dopey as "I've Had the Time of My Life." When you see those hips moving to Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes' words, nothing else matters; not maudlin theme songs, botched backstreet abortions, the high expectations of your parents (Emily Gilmore and pre-L&amp;O Jerry Orbach) or that you think you can't do that lift. You can do that lift. You just have to learn to believe in yourself. His sweet moves will show you the way. Also, you know you kind of still love that song anyway. 2. Any problems you have with your romantic partner can b ...
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Irene Rubaum-Keller: Just 45 Minutes From Broadway: Movie Review
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Henry Jaglom's new film Just 45 Minutes From Broadway is a quirky family dramedy with some great performances by its talented ensemble cast. Jaglom wrote it first as a play that ran for a full year at The Edgemar Center Theater in Santa Monica. I saw the play, twice, and loved it. I wasn't sure how it would translate to film, but it did beautifully. The Isaacs are an eccentric family of actors. George (Jack Heller), comes from a long line of actors that dates back to the Yiddish theater. He has been married to Vivian (Diane Salinger), also an actress, for a very long time. Their youngest daughter Pandora (Tanna Frederick) has come home to nurse her wounds after a long-term relationship ended. Pandora is an actress as well and struggling both personally and professionally. Betsy (Julie Davis) the older daughter has run from the acting business and become a "civilian" living a normal working life. She brings her fiancé Jimmy (Judd Nelson) home for the weekend to meet ...
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Celebrity Collector: Tanna Frederick
The Huffington Post - over 4 years
What do surfing, acting and collecting have in common? They are all important aspects of Tanna Frederick's life. Frederick has been cast in numerous films since her big screen debut in 2003 with leading men such as Noah Wyle, Michael Imperioli and recently Judd Nelson. When she isn't rehearsing her lines she is scouting shops and the Internet looking for vintage jewelry. And not just ANY brand will do. Frederick is addicted to Chanel. And let's be honest, what woman isn't? More...
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Two New Ladies Join 'Glee'
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Two new students have been cast on "Glee." Melissa Benoist and Becca Tobin will play new McKinley High students on Season 4 of the Fox series, according to TVLine. Benoist, who's had guest spots on "Homeland" and "The Good Wife" will join "Glee" Season 4 as Marley, while the relatively unknown Tobin will play Kitty, TVLine reports. Both characters are recurring. But Benoist and Tobin aren't the only fresh faces at McKinley: Dean Geyer and Jacob Artist are also joining "Glee" in Season 4. Artist will play Puck's younger half-brother Jake Puckerman and Geyer plays Brody Weston, a potential love interest for Rachel at NYADA. In other casting news ... "Blue Bloods" finds Erin's (Bridget Moynahan) ex. Peter Hermann has been cast as Erin's ex-husband Jack Boyle, who she'll go head-to-head with in court this season on the CBS drama. Jack's return stirs up issues for Erin, their daughter Nicky and the rest of the Reagan family. [EW] "Psych" snags John Hughes actor. The ...
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Judy Nelson vows to honor Melucci's legacy as she becomes Madison County circuit clerk
BND.com - over 4 years
Judy Nelson was sworn in as Madison County's circuit clerk Wednesday, to take the place of the late Matt Melucci. Click to Continue »
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Council Approves $1 Million in Proposed Budget Cuts
Glendora Patch - almost 5 years
The Glendora City Council unanimously approved the proposed $1 million in city budget cuts Tuesday, including deep cuts to the city’s programs, eliminating positions and laying off employees in the various city departments. City officials say the drastic cuts were a result of a $1.8 million loss to the General Fund from the demise of the city’s Redevelopment Agency. According to documents, the General Fund represents 38 percent of the 2011-12 budget of $58 million. The approved budgetary plan to go into effect July 1 include: Elimination of Deputy City Clerk Layoff accountant in the Finance Department Layoff records specialist in the Police Department Layoff two code enforcement officers Re-allocate DEA Taskforce Sergeant Costs Increase part-time Community Service Officer hours Purchase automated citation system for police officers Eliminate mechanic position in Public Works Eliminate vendor contract routine inspections of traffic si ...
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Juan Carlos Oviedo Suspended For Eight Weeks
Baseball Nation - almost 5 years
It wasn't a great winter for Juan Carlos Oviedo (formerly Leo Nunez), who was arrested in the Dominican Republic for using a false identity and lost his job to free-agent signing Heath Bell. If there's a silver lining, it's that Bell has been terrible, quickly melting into a puddle of goo with each appearance. Hurry, Juan Carlos! The job is yours for the taking, right? Not so fast. From the Miami Herald: Major League Baseball, which privately informed involved parties last month that it planned to give Oviedo a six-week suspension upon his return to the United States, has changed plans and decided to make the ban eight weeks, according to an MLB source. The poet in me likes to think that there was a big meeting, and Oviedo was acting like Judd Nelson in The Breakfast Club, which gave Bud Selig a chance to unleash his inner Principal Vernon. "Fine. Seven weeks. Okay, smart guy. Eight weeks." The truth is a little more boring. Because Oviedo missed spring training wi ...
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Molly Ringwald talks sequels, lipstick trickery and turning down the lead in 'Pretty Woman'
Tampa Bay - almost 5 years
Molly Ringwald is really embracing the Internet these days. First, she gets a Twitter account (and promptly attracts thousands of followers in no-time-flat.) And now, she's chatting up fans in a Reddit "Ask Me Anything" format. Here are some of the highlights of the online conversation; find the full transcript here. ON JOHN HUGHES ALMOST FIRING JUDD NELSON FROM BREAKFAST CLUB: "This is true. I think Judd was doing the method actor thing during rehearsals. He was wearing Bender's clothes and trying to annoy me. I was fine but John Hughes was very protective of me. We ended up having a powwow, led by Ally. I remember her telling me, 'We have to get him focused. Like a laser!' I think a bunch of us including myself called John and asked him to reconsider. I am thankful he did." ON RUMORS SHE TURNED DOWN 'PRETTY WOMAN': "I think I saw an early draft and it was called '$3,000'. I don't specifically remember turning it down. The script was okay but I gotta say, Julia Roberts is what m ...
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Cutting Child Star, Brat Pack Booty Call and a REVEAL! – Blind Items
Hollywood Dame - almost 5 years
“This starlet is starting her descent to rehab. Aside from the partying and her weed habit, she has started cutting again. Her boyfriend is the only one expressing real concern, but he is still bitter about the time she slept with his brother and only halfheartedly trying to help her.” [Hollywood Dame] REVEALED!: “Like many television shows, this one has seen cast members come and go over the years. As one female cast member transitions out, though, there is some very interesting maneuvering going on behind the scenes. The male lead wants to pick the replacement. And his top choice is… the woman who nearly destroyed his marriage! They had an affair a couple of years ago, and when his wife found out, she filed for divorce. Husband and wife eventually got back together, but his active lobbying for the other woman as his future costar certainly came as a surprise to us. His wife would probably be surprised as well. His paramour is not the top choice of the producers, thoug ...
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Where's Judd Nelson? In a Santa suit ...
USA Today - over 5 years
I just received an intriguing e-mail from the Hallmark Channel about an upcoming made-for-TV movie. The film, Cancel Christmas, stars none other ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Judd Nelson
    FIFTIES
  • 2015
    Age 55
    As of 2015, Nelson is starring alongside Zimbabwean actress Chloe Traicos in the comedy The Death and Life of Johnny G. While Nelson had the experience the prior year of a fake news story claiming his death, this film is about an aging star who deliberately fakes his own death to gain publicity.
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  • 2013
    Age 53
    In 2013 Nelson authored four books released on Kindle: "The Power of Speech", "Nine of Diamonds", "The Gig" and "Water Music".
    More Details Hide Details Nelson played a pivotal role in the final season of Nikita. Nelson is frequently mentioned in relation to the 1980s due to the popularity of his early films The Breakfast Club and St. Elmo's Fire (1985). Nelson appeared at the 2010 Academy Awards to pay tribute to the late John Hughes along with other cast members of Hughes' films. The character of Nelson Muntz on Matt Groening's animated series The Simpsons was said to be named after Nelson in honor of his portrayal of John Bender in The Breakfast Club.
  • 2012
    Age 52
    In 2012, Nelson played the role of Headmaster Nash in the live-action feature film Bad Kids Go to Hell, based on the best-selling graphic novel of the same name.
    More Details Hide Details The same year, Nelson co-wrote and starred in the short film The Spin Room: Super Tuesday. Nelson reprised his role as Rodimus in Transformers: Animated and voiced Ben 10,000 and Eon in Ben 10 Omniverse.
  • FORTIES
  • 2002
    Age 42
    In 2002 he co-starred with Lauren Holly in Santa, Jr. and reprised his role as John Bender in an episode of Family Guy (2007).
    More Details Hide Details Later, Nelson reprised his role of Rodimus Prime in Transformers Animated (2009) and appeared in The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day (2009), the latter with Julie Benz, Billy Connolly, Sean Patrick Flanery, and Peter Fonda. He portrayed Father Charley Lock on Brookwood Sleazebags (2010), a pilot he did for HBO.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1994
    Age 34
    In 1994 Nelson appeared with Steve Buscemi, Chris Farley and Adam Sandler in the comedy Airheads, with Gina Gershon in the psychological thriller Flinch, and with then partner Shannen Doherty in the thriller Blindfold: Acts of Obsession; he further wrote, produced, and starred in the thriller Every Breath in which he co-starred with Joanna Pacula.
    More Details Hide Details He headlined the Australian thriller, Blackwater Trail (1995), with Peter Phelps before receiving a starring role on the NBC television sitcom Suddenly Susan (1996), which saw success for a four-season run; this was followed by a starring role in the Shaquille O'Neal movie Steel (1997); the film also starred Annabeth Gish and Richard Roundtree (Steel was a commercial flop). Nelson wrapped up the 1990s with another urban gangster thriller, Light It Up (film) (1999), which featured an ensemble cast including R&B singer/actor Usher Raymond (in his first leading role), Rosario Dawson, Forest Whitaker, and Vanessa L. Williams; he also played Alan Freed in the latter's life story, Mr. Rock 'N' Roll: The Alan Freed Story (1999) opposite Mädchen Amick and Paula Abdul. In the 21st century, Nelson has appeared in such TV series as The Outer Limits (2000), CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2006), CSI: NY (2007), Las Vegas (2007), Eleventh Hour (2008) as a psychologist researching soldiers returning from Iraq who suffer from Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Psych (2010), and a recurring role in Two and a Half Men (2010) with Charlie Sheen.
  • 1991
    Age 31
    In 1991, he had a starring role in the Mario Van Peebles-directed New Jack City, an urban gangster film with Wesley Snipes, Ice-T, Vanessa A. Williams, and Chris Rock; the film was a commercial success.
    More Details Hide Details He then had a special guest appearance in the popular HBO TV series Tales from the Crypt - on the episode What's Cookin (1992) - with Christopher Reeve and Meat Loaf, followed by a starring role with Richard Jordan in the thriller Primary Motive (1992), and a similar role in Entangled (1993) opposite Pierce Brosnan, which was set in Paris.
  • 1990
    Age 30
    In the Fall of 1990 he appeared on stage in Chicago and New York in Jules Feiffer's Carnal Knowledge with Jon Cryer.
    More Details Hide Details He then worked for a second time with Adam Rifkin, this time starring in The Dark Backward (1991) with Bill Paxton; this quirky comedy also featured fellow actor Rob Lowe, as well as Lara Flynn Boyle, James Caan, and Wayne Newton; Nelson plays the worst comedian in stand-up comedy history.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1988
    Age 28
    In the Fall of 1988 he played Konstantin in Chekhov's The Seagull directed by Charles Marowitz at the Los Angeles Theatre Center, earning praise as did the entire production.
    More Details Hide Details Nelson closed the 1980s with the William Lustig thriller, Relentless (1989), in which he plays a Los Angeles serial killer being hunted by two cops (Robert Loggia and Leo Rossi); he provided a cameo in the Adam Rifkin road film Never on Tuesday (1989) along with Nicolas Cage, Cary Elwes, Emilio Estevez and Charlie Sheen; and appeared in Tommy Chong's Far Out Man (1989) with Rae Dawn Chong and C. Thomas Howell. Key TV roles in the 1980s included Moonlighting (1986) - episode Camille - in which he played a police officer opposite Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis. Nelson began 1990s with a starring role opposite Max von Sydow in the World War II drama Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990); the film focused on the horror of the Hiroshima bombing; it co-stars Mako Iwamatsu and Pat Morita.
  • 1987
    Age 27
    He starred opposite Burt Reynolds in the ABC Afterschool Special Shattered If Your Kid's On Drugs, which also featured Megan Follows and Dermot Mulroney. 1987 saw him starring in the Bob Clark courtroom comedy From the Hip, which co-starred John Hurt and Elizabeth Perkins; he also provided a stand-out performance in Billionaire Boys Club, a courtroom thriller based on actual events; his performance earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Actor in a Mini-Series.
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  • 1986
    Age 26
    In 1986 Nelson provided the voice of Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie and teamed up with Breakfast Club alumna Ally Sheedy for a third time in Blue City.
    More Details Hide Details He also provided narration for Bill Couturie's Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, a critically acclaimed war documentary that featured a cast including Tom Berenger, Robert De Niro, Willem Dafoe, and Matt Dillon. Film critic Roger Ebert praised the documentary, and it maintains a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1959
    Born
    Born on November 28, 1959.
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