Ricky Nelson & Kristin Harmon


Kristin Harmon and Ricky Nelson  

Ricky Nelson and Kristin Harmon were married for 19 years. They dated for 1 year after getting together in Dec 1961 and married on 20th Apr 1963. 19 years later they divorced in Nov 1982.

They had 4 children, Tracy (52), Gunnar (49), Mathew (49) and Sam (42).


American Actor Ricky Nelson passed away on 31st Dec 1985 DeKalb, Texas aged 45. Born Eric Hilliard Nelson on 8th May, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey and educated at Hollywood High School, Hollywood, CA, Ricky Nelson is most remembered for Ozzie and Harriet in a career that spanned 1949–1985. His zodiac sign is Taurus.

Kristin Harmon is a 71 year old American Actress. Born Sharon Kristin Harmon on 2nd June, 1945 in Los Angeles, CA, she is famous for Sisiter Of Actor Mark Harmon/Ricky Nelson`s only wife. Her zodiac sign is Gemini.


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Relationship Statistics

DatingDec 1961 - 20th Apr 1963 1 year, 5 months
Married20th Apr 1963 - Nov 1982 20 years, 7 months
Total Dec 1961 - Nov 1982 55 years, 11 months

(20 April 1963 - November 1982) (divorced) 4 children
When she was 12, her father took her to meet Ricky, and she pinned a photo on her
wall and said "someday I will marry him". They started dating in 61, and in April 20 63, they were married. Kris became part of the Ozzie and Harriet show. They had 4 children:
Daughter: Tracy Kristine Nelson was born October 25, 1963, Santa Monica, California
Twin Sons: Gunnar Eric & Matthew Gray Nelson were born September 20, 1967, Santa Monica, California
4th child a Son: Sam Hilliard Nelson was born August 29, 1974, Burbank, California
they are related to actor Mark Harmon the star of NCIS.
At Christmas 1961, Nelson began dating Sharon Kristin "Kris" Harmon (born June 25, 1945), the daughter of football legend Tom Harmon and actress Elyse Knox (née Elsie Kornbrath) and the older sister of Kelly and Mark Harmon. The Nelsons and the Harmons had long been friends, and a union between their children held great appeal. Rick and Kris had much in common: quiet dispositions, Hollywood upbringings, and high-powered, domineering fathers.
They married on April 20, 1963. Kris was pregnant, and Rick later described the union as a "shotgun wedding." Nelson, a nonpracticing Protestant, received instruction in Catholicism at the insistence of the bride's parents and signed a pledge to have any children of the union baptized in the Catholic faith. Kris Nelson joined the television show as a regular cast member in 1963. They had four children: actress Tracy Kristine Nelson, twin sons Gunnar Eric Nelson and Matthew Gray Nelson who formed the band Nelson, and Sam Hilliard Nelson.
By 1975, following the birth of their last child, the marriage had deteriorated and a very public, controversial divorce involving both families was covered in the press for several years. In October 1977, Kris filed for divorce and asked for alimony, custody of their four children, and a portion of community property. The couple temporarily resolved their differences, but Kris retained her attorney to pursue a permanent break. Kris was contentious and jealous. Both spent enormous sums of money: Kris on parties, Rick on renting a private Lear jet. Nelson had a tremendous sexual appetite and a casual attitude toward sex, once estimating he had had sex with thousands of women. Kris wanted Rick to give up music, spend more time at home, and focus on acting, but the family enjoyed a recklessly expensive lifestyle, and Kris's extravagant spending left Rick no choice but to tour relentlessly. The impasse over Rick's career created unpleasantness at home. Kris became an alcoholic and left the children in the care of household help. After years of legal proceedings, they were divorced in December 1982. The divorce was financially devastating for Nelson, with attorneys and accountants taking over $1 million. Years of legal wrangling followed.

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Relationship Timeline

November, 1982 - Breakup

November, 1982 - Divorce

29th August, 1974 - Child

20th September, 1967 - Child

20th September, 1967 - Child

25th October, 1963 - Child

20th April, 1963 - Marriage

December, 1961 - Hookup

Couple Comparison

Ricky Nelson
Kristin Harmon
Ricky Nelson
Kristin Harmon
Age (at start of relationship)
Hair Color
Brown - Dark
Eye Color


TracyFemale25th October, 196353 years old
GunnarMale20th September, 196749 years old
MathewMale20th September, 196749 years old
SamMale29th August, 197442 years old


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Nancy in TexasJul 27, 2010

Would you believe that when I was 16 and living in Los Angeles (1963), my dad asked me if I wanted to go to a wedding with him...Tom Harmon, someone apparently my dad knew, invited dad to his daughter`s wedding and it would be a Hollywood wedding, dad said. I said NO because I had no idea who Tom Harmon was -- Kristin and Mark Harmon`s dad and the wedding was Kristin`s and Ricky Nelson. Boy, was I dumb...I had NO idea for years, until I knew who Tom Harmon/Kris Harmon were.



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