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Brian Nash (movies - actor)

Brian Nash
Verdugo Hills High School Class of 1974

Brian Nash has the unique distinction of having been famous before he got to Verdugo.

Brian was a child actor in the 1960's and, for those of you old enough to remember or fortunate enough to have caught the reruns on cable TV, he was probably best known for his role as the red-headed middle son on the 1965-67 television series Please Don't Eat The Daisies!

However, his first role was that of Doris Day and James Garner's son in the 1963 comedy classic The Thrill of It All. Day played the role of "Beverly Boyer," a housewife married to her obstetrician husband, "Gerald Boyer," played by Garner. Day's character becomes the commercial spokesperson for a soap manufacturer and there's a scene where the swimming pool gets filled with soap bubbles and Garner, coming home from work, drives his car into it.

Following that movie, Brian played the role of "Buddy Grady" in the 1964 television sitcom Mickey starring Mickey Rooney and Emmaline Henry as "Buddy's" parents and the owners of an inherited hotel in Newport Beach. The show also starred Mickey Rooney's real-life son, Timmy Rooney, as the couple's other son, "Tim."

In Please Don't Eat the Daisies Brian played the role of "Joel Nash," one of four sons of freelance writer, mother and suburban wife "Joan Nash," a role played by Patricia Crowley. In the television series, Crowley reprised the role Doris Day had played in the 1960 movie version of the same name. The movie and the television show were based on Jean Kerr's book, also of the same name.

Crowley's husband on the show, "Jim Nash," was a professor at Ridgemont College and was played by Mark Miller. Kim Tyler played the older son, "Kyle," and Jeff and Joe Fithian played the younger twin boys, "Trevor" and "Tracy." You fans of the show — and there were many — might be interested to know that the real name of the family's English sheepdog, "Ladadog," was actually Lord Nelson.

Because of his appearance on the immensely popular show, Brian became a certified heartthrob at Plainview Avenue Elementary School in Tujunga — and all around the country for that matter. If you've seen it, Brian was the one who rolled his eyes in a charming sort of way during the opening credits every week.

After graduating from Verdugo Hills High School, Brian attended Brigham Young University. He later married and became a stockbroker in Southern California.