Judd Nelson

Judd Asher Nelson was born on November 28, 1959, in the U.S. Nelson had a quiet childhood along with his two sisters. After finishing high school, he enrolled in college in Pennsylvania. It was after dropping out of college that he decided to pursue a career as an actor. Nelson took acting classes with the one and only Stella Adler in New York City. The young actor-wanna-be got his first big role in the iconic teen movie “The Breakfast Club.” Today, we help you celebrate the birthday of a teen idol from the 1980s.

Fast Facts

Full Name:

Judd Asher Nelson

Birth date:

November 28, 1959



Zodiac Sign:



5' 10"

Relationship Status:


Net Worth:

$4 million

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Movie actor Judd Asher Nelson was born in Portland, Maine, on November 28, 1959. Nelson is the son of Merle Nelson, a court mediator, and Leonard Nelson, a corporate lawyer. Nelson grew up in a lovely home with his parents and his two sisters, Julie and Eve. The actor attended St. Paul’s School and Waynflete School. After graduating from high school, Nelson attended Haverford College in Pennsylvania. Two years later, he quit college to pursue his dream of becoming an actor. Nelson moved to New York City and began taking acting classes at the Stella Adler Conservatory.

Nelson started acting professionally in the 1980s. He got his first serious role in 1984, in the teen comedy movie “Making the Grade.” In 1985, he got a role in the film “Fandango.” That same year, Nelson got two roles in two different movies that would change the course of his career and would bring him to stardom. Nelson was cast to play John Bender in the teen coming-of-age film “The Breakfast Club” and was also cast in the film “St. Elmo’s Fire,” along with several fellow actors from “The Breakfast Club.” That was when Nelson and a group of teen actors — Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Ally Sheedy, Molly Ringwald, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, and Demi Moore — received the name of Brat Pack. This group of actors was well-known in the 1980s for acting in coming-of-age teen movies.

Nelson worked in a bunch of successful movies in the 1980s, such as “Billionaire Boys Club,” “The Transformers: The Movie,” and “Blue City.” Nelson has also appeared in T.V. series such as “The Outer Limits” in 2000, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2006, “CSI: NY” in 2007, “Las Vegas” in 2007, “Eleventh Hour” in 2008, among others. He authored four books in 2013 which he released on Kindle titled “The Power of Speech,” “Nine of Diamonds,” “The Gig,” and “Water Music.” Nelson also starred in the Lifetime film “Girl in the Basement” in 2021.

Career timeline

The Acting Debut

Judd Nelson debuts as an actor in “Making the Grade.”

The First Big Break

Nelson appears in “The Breakfast Club.”

The Brat Pack

Nelson is part of a group of teen actors known as The Brat Pack.

The Book Author

Nelson authors four books, which he releases on Kindle.

Why We Love Judd Nelson

  1. He was a teen icon

    Nelson was one of the most prominent teen actors in the 1980s. Some of his characters, such as John Bender and Alec Newbury, will never be forgotten.

  2. The Brat Pack

    Nelson was a member of the so-called group Brat Pack. The actors of the group were an icon of their generation.

  3. He keeps a low profile

    Nelson has been on Instagram since 2019. Still, most people aren’t aware of his presence on social media.

5 Surprising Facts

  1. His favorite cuisine

    Judd Nelson loves Chinese cuisine.

  2. He is Jewish

    Nelson comes from a Jewish family.

  3. He is a screenwriter

    Nelson made his screenwriting debut in 1994 with "Every Breath," in which he also starred.

  4. He recently joined Instagram

    Nelson created his Instagram account in 2019.

  5. He is not big on Instagram

    Nelson has only about 1,000 Instagram followers.

Judd Nelson FAQs

What is Judd Nelson doing now?

He is still acting; his last role was in the movie “Girl in the Basement.”

Is Judd Nelson related to Ricky Nelson?

No, they aren’t related.

What did Judd Nelson do after "The Breakfast Club?"

He continued having a successful acting career.

Judd Nelson’s birthday dates

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