Judd Nelson Biography: Age, Net Worth, Wife, Parents, Career, Wikipedia, Pictures

July 1, 2024 0 Posted By Johnson Ajiboye

Judd Asher Nelson, better known as Judd Nelson, is a highly versatile and talented American actor known for his dynamic range of roles in various films and television shows.

He has played memorable characters such as Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime in The Transformers: The Movie, rebellious and misunderstood John Bender in The Breakfast Club, and charming bad boy Alec Newbury in St. Elmo’s Fire.

In addition to his on-screen performances, Nelson has also lent his voice to animated characters, such as the lovable dog Alex in Cybermutt.


  • Full Name: Judd Asher Nelson
  • Stage Name: Judd Nelson
  • Born: 28 November 1959
  • Age: 64 years old
  • Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
  • Nationality: United States
  • Occupation: Actor
  • Height: 1.78m
  • Parent: Merle Nelson ,Leonard Nelson
  • Siblings: Eve Nelson ,Julie Nelson
  • Spouse: Shannen Doherty
  • Children: None
  • Relationship: Single
  • Net Worth: $4 million

Early Life And Education

Judd Nelson was a renowned American actor, born on 28 November 1959 in Portland, Maine, United States.

He was the son of Merle Nelson and Leonard Nelson and grew up with two siblings, Eve Nelson and Julie Nelson.

Judd received his education at St. Paul’s preparatory school in Concord, New Hampshire and studied philosophy at the prestigious Haverford College in Haverford, Pennsylvania.


bbhas had a successful acting career since the mid-80s, appearing in films such as “Making the Grade” (1984) and “Fandango” (1985).

However, he is most well-known for his role as the rebellious bad boy John Bender in John Hughes’s “The Breakfast Club” (1985) and as Alec Newbury in Joel Schumacher’s “St. Elmo’s Fire” (1985), alongside other members of the Brat Pack.

In addition to his live-action roles, Nelson also lent his voice to the character of Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime in the animated film “The Transformers: The Movie” (1986).

Despite his early success in the 1980s, Judd Nelson faced a series of box office flops in the following years.

However, he was able to bounce back and land his first leading role in a sitcom, “Suddenly Susan” (1996-1999), playing Jack Richmond.

Nelson continued to act in various films and TV shows, including urban dramas like “New Jack City” (1991) and “Light It Up” (1999), as well as making guest appearances on popular shows like “CSI” and “Las Vegas.”

He has recently appeared in films such as “Girl in the Basement” (2021) and had a recurring role on the TV show “Empire” (2015-2019).

Awards and Nominations

  • Golden Globe Award (Nominated once, won zero):
  • Best Performance by an Actor in a Limited Series, Anthology Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television (1988) for “Billionaire Boys Club”
  • Razzie Awards (Nominated twice, won zero):
  • Worst Actor (1988) for “From the Hip”
  • Worst Actor (1987) for “Blue City”
  • MTV Movie + TV Awards (Nominated once, won once):
  • Silver Bucket of Excellence Award (2005)—This award is considered more of an honorary and is no longer given out.

Social Media

Judd Nelson does not have a social media account.

Personal Life

Judd Nelson, 64, is a well-known American actor best known for his role as Bender in the 1980 classic film The Breakfast Club.

He has had a successful career in Hollywood and was previously engaged to actress Shannen Doherty.

However, he is currently single and does not have any children. In his free time, he enjoys playing golf, reading, writing, and riding motorcycles.


  • The Breakfast Club (1985) as John Bender
  • St. Elmo’s Fire (1985) as Alec Newbury
  • The Transformers: The Movie (1986) (voice) as Hot Rod/Rodimus Prime
  • New Jack City (1991) as Nick Peretti
  • Airheads (1994) as Rex Manning
  • Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001) as Himself
  • Empire (2015-2019) as Billy Beretti (TV Series)
  • Girl in the Basement (2021) as Don Cody
  • South of Hope Street (2024) as Tom

Net Worth

Judd Nelson’s talents in acting, screenwriting, and producing have earned him a net worth of $4 million.

Through his hard work and dedication to his craft, he has built a successful career and accumulated significant wealth.

His net worth results from his professional achievements and the recognition he has received for his work in the entertainment industry.

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