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NELSON ASPEN is one of Entertainment's most charming personalities.
There's a lot more to this Showbiz Insider than just good looks, A-list contacts and masterful storytelling ability. Currently , he’s juggling regular correspondent duties in the US and in his eleventh year for Australia's #1 rated "Sunrise" as their Show Business Editor... bringing the latest in entertainment and pop culture to millions of viewers around the world, every morning!
From 1999-2001 Nelson was the Hollywood Producer/Reporter for TV GUIDE TELEVISION and frequent guest star on everything from celebrity news and talk shows to sitcoms and travel programmes. He's contributed to a vast array of outlets, from news magazines EXTRA, ACCESS HOLLYWOOD, INSIDE EDITION and eight years as RTE Ireland's Afternoon Entertainment Guru to his own how-to series "NEW with NELSON!”
His bi-coastal status, bouncing between Tinseltown and Manhattan, gains him access to the hottest stars and scoops. One day he's on the red carpet chatting with Tom Cruise, Sir Anthony Hopkins or Russell Crowe...the next he's sitting down for exclusive chats with Meryl Streep, Brad Pitt, Alicia Keys, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cate Blanchett, Ben Affleck, Naomi Watts, Reese Witherspoon or the Desperate Housewives...enjoying the nightlife with Kylie Minogue...scaling skyscrapers with Marina Navratilova...singing and dancing on stage with The Wiggles or Hugh Jackman! A regular presence on the radio dial, Nelson keeps commuters company with drive-time reports. His on-line articles and video blogs are among the web's most widely read.
In addition to his successful presenting work, he also is a frequent commentator for news & entertainment documentaries and specials like "Top 40 Celebrity Countdown" and Lifetime's "Royal Weddings." He has a serious side, too, as evidenced by his recent compelling live, breaking reports on the deaths of Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, Patrick Swayze and Heath Ledger, the Jennifer Hudson family shootings and the celebrity arrests du jour.
News outlets ranging from THE NEW YORK POST to IN TOUCH WEEKLY quote his expertise and exclusives. When show business news happens, Nelson is always among the first in his industry to report it.
NELSON began his professional career at age 8 and went on to roles in the big screen's ISHTAR, OFF BEAT, and TV's long running SEARCH FOR TOMORROW. When his soap opera stint ended ("I was washed off in a flood"), NELSON pursued Daytime Television via production, working on the staffs of every East Coast based serial drama-from casting to writing. From there, he moved to the prime- time situation comedies, EVERYTHING'S RELATIVE starring Jason Alexander and THE DICTATOR starring Christopher Lloyd.
During a hiatus, NELSON discovered health and fitness, and travel. He's a 15-time marathoner and the creator of his own patented exercise program, "The Brains and Brawn Workout TM ." He's taken audiences on global visits from as far as the Australian outback, the vineyards of New Zealand, Ireland's "Titanic Trail," Niagara Falls and the UK's Eastend marketplace to closer-to-home points like Rodeo Drive, New York City's Times Square and the volcanoes of Hawaii.
When the sex scandal surrounding film star Hugh Grant rocked the airwaves in 1995, NELSON became a sought after commentator for TV shows such as HARD COPY and AMERICAN JOURNAL. Trusted for his accuracy and fairness on important topical news, he can also play for laughs. His creative, off-the-wall lifestyle segments like "Personal Trainers for Pooches," "Hypnotize Your Boobs Bigger" and "Fairy School" show off his madcap side and willingness to take a pie in the face when necessary!
In 2010 NELSON broke new ground as the Microsoft Network's first "Cyber-Star" in his own website appropriately titled NELSON'S WORLD. His fun style of celebrity reporting and quick wit made the show an unprecedented hit. For 182 live episodes, NELSON produced, wrote and hosted powerhouse interviews with a diverse roster of showbiz stars. His unique ability to package entertainment in a knowledgeable and sensitive manner endeared him not only to fans, but to the stars and their representatives, too. These roots recently served him well when Yahoo hired him as a correspondent to report & commentate on all things movie-related.
Some of his monikers have included KABC TV's "Party Patrolman," KABC Radio's "TV Guide TV Guy," and KACD's "Groovy Gossip Guy." He writes for several international publications and privately coaches celebrities and other media professionals for interviews and public speaking appearances. Nelson is a frequent emcee, speaker & panel moderator for star-studded events such as film festivals, book launches and screenings at the world famous American Cinematheque.
Nelson is also a published author. In the fall of 2002, he released a novel, "Sacred Blood," a historical thriller set in 1941 Nazi occupied France. Plans for a movie version are in the works. And, in 2004, Kensington Books released his happy, how-to manual for entertaining, "Let's Dish Up A Dinner Party!" which jettisoned him into the realm of Martha Stewart and Emeril. In fact, ELLE Magazine named him one of their six annual "Good Time Gurus!" In 2008, his "must read" autobiography "Hollywood Insider: Exposed!" became an international sensation.
Fun, fair, friendly, fascinating. Nelson enthuses, "I love to be busy. Bodies in motion STAY in motion and I intend to keep moving!" With his winning way, his gift of the gab and intelligent sense of reporting, it's not difficult to see why NELSON ASPEN is, as always, going places.
Based In: New York/Los Angeles
Role: MC and Keynote Speaker
Topics: All things celebrity/Health and Fitness