Barry Nelson, the first ever actor to play James Bond on screen, has died at the age of 89. he played the character of the famous spy in a one-hour TV adaptation of Casino Royale in 1954. He died on April 7 while traveling in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. The cause of death has not yet been investigated.
Nelson served the Army during World War II, following which he starred in many super hits like Undercover Maisie, Time to Kill and Tenth Avenue Angel.
Nelson signed a contract with MGM in the 1940s and appeared in several of the studio’s flicks famously including Shadow of the Thin Man and A Yank on the Burma Road.
In the 1960s and 70s, he did a lot of stage work, starring on Broadway in Seascape, Mary, Mary and Catcus Flower. Other famous credits of the actor include Airport and The Shining. Nelson also appeared in many TV shows including Murder She Wrote, Dallas and Magnum PI.
Nelson, who did not have any kids is survived by Nansi, his second wife. Funeral arrangements have not been announced yet.