Haywood Nelson (born March 25, 1960) is an American actor. He is best known for having portrayed Dwayne Nelson on the television series What's Happening!! from 1976–1979, and its spin-off series What's Happening Now!! 1985–1988.
Nelson in 2007.
|Born||March 25, 1960|
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Sheryl Piland (1981–1984)|
Diana Ramos (1987–1998)
Khnadya Skye, PhD. (2014)
Nelson, who grew up in Garden City Park, Long Island, New York, was a child star, appearing in many national commercials and in a movie, Mixed Company. From 1973 to 1974, he performed on Broadway alongside Marlo Thomas in Thieves. At the age of 14, he guest starred on Sanford and Son as Grady's grandson; at 15, he was in the cast of a spin-off of Sanford and Son called Grady (1975). The show was short-lived. The next year, in 1976, at the age of 16, he landed the role of Dwayne on What's Happening!!, the first African-American teen sitcom. As a "teenage heartthrob" on a popular television series, Nelson was one of the first African-American teen idols. In 1977, Nelson guest starred on Kojak in the episode "The Godson" as Bobby Moore.
Nelson is now a main point advisor in his wife's oil/petroleum technology corporation, Skyewood. His wife Khnadya Skye, who is Arabic Egyptian, is listed as Nelson's attorney at SAG-AFTRA and IMDb. She is directly related to the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia and Dubai. Nelson is rarely seen in the public sector and is extremely private.
|1971–74||As the World Turns||Jerry Smith||Unknown episodes|
|1974||Mixed Company||Freddie||Feature film|
|1975||Sanford and Son||Haywood Marshall||Episode: "The Family Man"|
|1975–76||Grady||Haywood Marshall||Main cast (10 episodes)|
|1976–79||What's Happening!!||Dwayne Nelson||Main cast (65 episodes)|
|1977||Kojak||Bobby Moore||Episode: "The Godson"|
|1977||The Brady Bunch Hour||Dwayne Nelson||Episode #1.8|
|1979||The White Shadow||Randy Judd||Episode: "Sudden Death"|
|1983-84||That Teen Show||Haywood Nelson||Co-host|
|1985–88||What's Happening Now!!||Dwayne Nelson||Main cast (66 episodes)|
|1990||Dragnet||Lyle Peters||Episode: "The Book"|
|2000||The Parkers||Himself (cameo)||Episode: "Whassup with Heyyy?"|
|2003||Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star||Himself (cameo)||Feature film|
- Byrd, Kenya N. (August 7, 2009). "Flashback Fridays: Haywood Nelson". Essence Magazine. Archived from the original on October 31, 2010.
- Kennedy, James (October 23, 1998). "Haywood You Remember Garden City Park". Mineola American. Archived from the original on 27 March 2015. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- Thomas, Marlo (2010). Growing Up Laughing: My Story and the Story of Funny. Hyperion. p. 223. ISBN 9781401323912. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
- "'What's Happening!!' Cast Reunion". Washington Examiner. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
The former teen idols revealed what it was like to be a part of the first African American teen sitcom
- "Haywood Nelson: Boy Crush". Essence. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
New York native Haywood Nelson, who played Dwayne Nelson on the 70's sitcom favorite What's Happening!!, was the teenage heartthrob of the show.
- Armstrong, Jenice (March 11, 2014). "On the go with Flo Anthony". Philly.com. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
teen heartthrob Haywood Nelson