Jimmy Nelson

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Chicago, Illinois, USA
James Nelson was born December 15, 1928 in Chicago, middle child of James and Winifred Nelson. In 1938 Jimmy's Aunt Margaret gave him his first ventriloquist "dummy" as a birthday gift, something that she had won as a bingo prize, which he named Dummy Dan/Danny Dum. He used that figure, which his father modified for better movement; until he asked Frank Marshall construct a new Danny in 1945. Marshall had a penchant for trying to make the hand carved wooden figures look like the performer that would be using them so the folks could see to them as related. Read more...


Character: Himself - Ventriloquist

Jeff Dunham: Birth of a Dummy 2011

Character: Himself - Texaco Pitchman

Texaco Star Theatre 1948

Character: Himself - Guest Performer

Your Show of Shows 1950

Character: Pitchman for Nestlé EverReady Cocoa - Ventriloquist

The Gale Storm Show: Oh! Susanna 1956

Character: Himself

The Vent Event 1978