Nelson Avidon - Actor, Writer, Director

Nelson is now shooting a principal role in MOTHERLESS BROOKLYN, directed by Edward Norton. He'll soon be seen as Christopher Lloyd’s son in the feature film RERUN, directed by Alyssa Bennett of Stonestreet Studios. Other new films include the drama 2030, in which he plays the leading role of a scientist, and the comedy WEIGHT, in which he plays the rich father of the groom.

Nelson recently played Dr. Fletcher in STRINGTOWN, a project for Anna Deavere Smith, and the role of Henry in MUD, directed by Elena Araoz, for Boundless Theatre NYC. “Nelson Avidon’s Henry is an insidious force.” -

Nelson was seen Off-Broadway in 2015 on Theatre Row playing Ronald Reagan in IN BED WITH ROY COHN. “Nelson Avidon is mesmerizing as Ronald Reagan.” - Theatre Scene

Nelson is in the hilarious web series LOLA DOES MANHATTAN, playing the gynecologist/dentist Dr. Dumas, and also in the new comedy web series ALTERNATE SIDE.

Nelson can be seen as the title character Q in the award-winning short film about a modern day Don Quixote. He’s also in the films KEEPING THE FAITH, with Edward Norton and Ben Stiller, and in OUR ITALIAN HUSBAND, with Brooke Shields.

On the New York stage, Nelson was in THE BLAMELESS at The Lark, directed by GT Upchurch, in HALF-MOON BAY, directed by John Gould Rubin, in LIGHT CREATURES, directed by Elena Araoz, and in EXISTING PRIVILEGE, directed by Wilson Milam. He was in CEASEFIRE, directed by Joe Cacaci, at Berkshire Playwright’s Lab. He was “Erie Smith” in HUGHIE, by Eugene O’Neill, at The Actors Studio, where he is a lifetime member, and where he also appeared in SALOME with Al Pacino, and in ETUDES with Faye Dunaway. Nelson was seen as “Joseph” in his own play GIRL IN HEAT, which received praise from The New York Times.

Nelson played the lead role in the New York premieres of GHOST ON FIRE, by Michael Weller, and in BLACK WATER, by Joyce Carol Oates. Nelson created and performed all twelve roles in ROMANCE 1929, and he appeared in PROGRESS, at The Hudson Guild Theatre, in ALIYAH, at Ensemble Studio Theatre, and in MAILMAN, at Manhattan Punch Line. Chekhov would have loved his work as Trigorin in THE SEAGULL, and as Andrey in THE THREE SISTERS. Nelson was Associate Artistic Director of the Hypothetical Theatre Company from 1998-2000, where he directed several premieres.

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"I feel very strongly about Nelson Avidon's lovely performance and the film Q itself.” – Melissa Leo (for Q)

View the full movie Q (8 minutes)