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Nels Mathias (1901–1985)

Nelson F. Mathias was initiated into I.A.T.S.E. Local 80 on January 18, 1936. Nels was the first born of four children. He was raised on his parents farm in Shadeville, Ohio. He quit school when he was 12 years old to help support the family. At 16 years of age he learned construction, working for his Grandfather. He arrived in California in 1927.... See full bio »

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Known For

The Wild Blue Yonder Camera and Electrical Department
(1951)
Man with the Steel Whip Camera and Electrical Department
(1954)
Grand Canyon Trail Camera and Electrical Department
(1948)
Dragnet Camera and Electrical Department
(1951-1952)

Filmography

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 1965-1966 The Big Valley (TV Series) (key grip - 45 episodes)
- Day of the Comet (1966) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Hide the Children (1966) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- A Day of Terror (1966) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Last Stage to Salt Flats (1966) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- The Iron Box (1966) ... (key grip - uncredited)
  The Rogues (TV Series) (key grip - 30 episodes, 1964 - 1965) (grip - 1 episode, 1965)
- A Daring Step Backward (1965) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Mr. White's Christmas (1965) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Grave Doubts (1965) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Wherefore Art Thou, Harold? (1965) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Our Men in Marawat (1965) ... (grip - uncredited) / (key grip - uncredited)
 1963-1964 Burke's Law (TV Series) (key grip - 32 episodes)
- Who Killed 1/2 of Glory Lee? (1964) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Who Killed Don Pablo? (1964) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Who Killed the Eleventh Best Dressed Woman in the World? (1964) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Who Killed My Girl? (1964) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Who Killed Annie Foran? (1964) ... (key grip - uncredited)
 1961-1963 The Dick Powell Theatre (TV Series) (key grip - 60 episodes)
- Last of the Private Eyes (1963) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- The Old Man and the City (1963) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- The Last of the Big Spenders (1963) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Epilogue (1963) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- The Third Side of a Coin (1963) ... (key grip - uncredited)
 1959-1960 The Detectives (TV Series) (key grip - 47 episodes)
- Razor's Edge (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- The Informer (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Big Poison (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- The Scalpel (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- The Other Side (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
 1960 The Westerner (TV Series) (key grip - 13 episodes)
- The Painting (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Hand on the Gun (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Going Home (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Line Camp (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Ghost of a Chance (1960) ... (key grip - uncredited)
 1959 Johnny Ringo (TV Series) (key grip - 13 episodes)
- Bound Boy (1959) ... (key grip - 1959, uncredited)
- Kid with a Gun (1959) ... (key grip - 1959, uncredited)
- Love Affair (1959) ... (key grip - 1959, uncredited)
- The Cat (1959) ... (key grip - 1959, uncredited)
- The Rain Man (1959) ... (key grip - 1959, uncredited)
 1959 Ghost of Zorro (key grip - uncredited)
 1959 Black Saddle (TV Series) (key grip - 20 episodes)
- Client: Vardon (1959) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Client: Reynolds (1959) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Client: Brand (1959) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Client: Neal Adams (1959) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- Client: Nelson (1959) ... (key grip - uncredited)
 1959 Plunderers of Painted Flats (key grip - uncredited)
 1958 The Man Who Died Twice (key grip - uncredited)
 1958 Girl in the Woods (key grip - uncredited)
 1958 Man or Gun (key grip - uncredited)
 1958 Juvenile Jungle (key grip - uncredited)
 1958 Young and Wild (key grip - uncredited)
 1958 The Notorious Mr. Monks (key grip - uncredited)
 1958 Outcasts of the City (key grip - uncredited)
 1958 Missile Monsters (key grip - uncredited)
 1958 Satan's Satellites (key grip - archive footage, uncredited)
 1957 Gunfire at Indian Gap (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 Leave It to Beaver (TV Series) (key grip - 2 episodes)
- The Clubhouse (1957) ... (key grip)
- It's a Small World (1957) ... (key grip)
 1957 The Crooked Circle (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 Panama Sal (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 The Wayward Girl (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 Last Stagecoach West (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 Beginning of the End (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 The Lawless Eighties (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 Spoilers of the Forest (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 Hell's Crossroads (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 Affair in Reno (key grip - uncredited)
 1957 Duel at Apache Wells (key grip - uncredited)
 1956 The Man Is Armed (key grip - uncredited)
 1956 Accused of Murder (key grip - uncredited)
 1956 Lisbon (grip - uncredited) / (key grip - uncredited)
 1956 Dakota Incident (key grip - uncredited)
 1956 Terror at Midnight (key grip - uncredited)
 1956 Stranger at My Door (key grip - uncredited)
 1956 The Maverick Queen (grip - uncredited)
 1956 When Gangland Strikes (key grip - uncredited)
 1956 Come Next Spring (key grip - uncredited)
 1956 Jaguar (key grip - uncredited)
 1955 The Fighting Chance (key grip - uncredited)
 1955 Flame of the Islands (key grip - uncredited)
 1955 The Vanishing American (key grip - uncredited)
 1955 A Man Alone (key grip - uncredited)
 1955 Headline Hunters (key grip - uncredited)
 1955 The Last Command (grip - uncredited)
 1955 Lay That Rifle Down (key grip - uncredited)
 1955 Double Jeopardy (key grip - uncredited)
 1955 The Eternal Sea (grip - uncredited)
 1955 Timberjack (key grip - uncredited)
 1955 Carolina Cannonball (key grip - uncredited)
 1954 Hell's Outpost (key grip - uncredited)
 1954 The Shanghai Story (key grip - uncredited)
 1954 The Outcast (grip - uncredited)
 1954 Man with the Steel Whip (grip)
 1954 Johnny Guitar (grip - uncredited)
 1954 Untamed Heiress (key grip - uncredited)
 1954 Make Haste to Live (key grip - uncredited)
 1954 Hell's Half Acre (grip - uncredited)
 1954 Phantom Stallion (key grip - uncredited)
 1954 Jubilee Trail (key grip - uncredited)
 1954 Trader Tom of the China Seas (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 Red River Shore (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 Flight Nurse (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 Sea of Lost Ships (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 El Paso Stampede (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 Down Laredo Way (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 Sweethearts on Parade (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 City That Never Sleeps (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 A Perilous Journey (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 The Lady Wants Mink (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 Woman They Almost Lynched (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 The Sun Shines Bright (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 Marshal of Cedar Rock (key grip - uncredited)
 1953 Jungle Drums of Africa (key grip - uncredited)
 1951-1952 Dragnet (TV Series) (key grip - 21 episodes)
- The Big .22 Rifle for Christmas (1952) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- The Big Imposter (1952) ... (key grip)
- The Big Trio (1952) ... (key grip)
- The Big Seventeen (1952) ... (key grip - uncredited)
- The Big Elevator (1952) ... (key grip)
 1952 Ride the Man Down (key grip - uncredited)
 1952 Thunderbirds (grip - uncredited)
 1952 Toughest Man in Arizona (grip - uncredited)
 1952 Woman of the North Country (key grip - uncredited)
 1952 I Dream of Jeanie (key grip - uncredited)
 1952 Gobs and Gals (key grip - uncredited)
 1952 The Fabulous Senorita (key grip - uncredited)
 1952 Oklahoma Annie (grip - uncredited)
 1952 Hoodlum Empire (key grip - uncredited)
 1952 Colorado Sundown (key grip - uncredited)
 1952 Radar Men from the Moon (grip - uncredited)
 1951 The Wild Blue Yonder (grip)
 1951 Pals of the Golden West (key grip - uncredited)
 1951 The Sea Hornet (key grip - second unit, uncredited)
 1951 South of Caliente (key grip - uncredited)
 1951 Arizona Manhunt (key grip - uncredited)
 1951 In Old Amarillo (key grip - uncredited)
 1951 Fighting Coast Guard (grip - uncredited)
 1951 Thunder in God's Country (key grip - uncredited)
 1951 Heart of the Rockies (key grip - uncredited)
 1951 Spoilers of the Plains (key grip - uncredited)
 1951 Belle Le Grand (key grip - uncredited)
 1950 Trail of Robin Hood (key grip - uncredited)
 1950 North of the Great Divide (key grip - uncredited)
 1950 Hit Parade of 1951 (grip - uncredited)
 1950 Surrender (grip - uncredited)
 1950 The Showdown (grip - uncredited)
 1950 Trigger, Jr. (key grip - uncredited)
 1950 The Savage Horde (grip - uncredited)
 1950 Salt Lake Raiders (key grip - uncredited)
 1950 The Arizona Cowboy (key grip - uncredited)
 1950 House by the River (grip - uncredited)
 1950 Singing Guns (grip - uncredited)
 1950 Bells of Coronado (key grip - uncredited)
 1949 Sands of Iwo Jima (grip - uncredited)
 1949 The Golden Stallion (key grip - uncredited)
 1949 Navajo Trail Raiders (grip - uncredited)
 1949 Down Dakota Way (grip - uncredited)
 1949 Brimstone (key grip - uncredited)
 1949 Hellfire (key grip - uncredited)
 1949 Frontier Investigator (grip - uncredited)
 1949 Susanna Pass (grip - uncredited)
 1949 Ghost of Zorro (key grip - uncredited)
 1949 The Last Bandit (key grip - uncredited)
 1949 Sheriff of Wichita (key grip - uncredited)
 1948 Wake of the Red Witch (grip - uncredited)
 1948 Grand Canyon Trail (grip - as Nils Mathias)
 1948 Angel on the Amazon (grip - uncredited)
 1948 Nighttime in Nevada (key grip - uncredited)
 1948 Angel in Exile (grip - uncredited)
 1948 Macbeth (grip - uncredited)
 1948 Train to Alcatraz (grip - uncredited)
 1948 The Timber Trail (grip - uncredited)
 1948 I, Jane Doe (grip - uncredited)
 1948 Under California Stars (key grip - uncredited)
 1948 California Firebrand (grip - uncredited)
 1948 The Inside Story (grip - uncredited)
 1948 The Gay Ranchero (key grip - uncredited)
 1947 Bandits of Dark Canyon (key grip - uncredited)
 1947 The Flame (grip - uncredited)
 1947 The Fabulous Texan (grip - uncredited)
 1947 On the Old Spanish Trail (key grip - uncredited)
 1947 Exposed (key grip - uncredited)
 1947 Marshal of Cripple Creek (key grip - uncredited)
 1947 Blackmail (key grip - uncredited)
 1947 Springtime in the Sierras (key grip - uncredited)
 1947 Northwest Outpost (grip - uncredited)
 1947 Bells of San Angelo (key grip - uncredited)
 1947 Apache Rose (key grip - uncredited)
 1947 Calendar Girl (key grip - uncredited)
 1946 I've Always Loved You (grip - uncredited)
 1946/I Sioux City Sue (grip - uncredited)
 1946 Home in Oklahoma (key grip - uncredited)
 1946 Roll on Texas Moon (key grip - uncredited)
 1946 The Inner Circle (grip - uncredited)
 1946 Rendezvous with Annie (key grip - uncredited)
 1946 Rainbow Over Texas (key grip - uncredited)
 1946 The Catman of Paris (grip - uncredited)
 1946 Murder in the Music Hall (key grip - uncredited)
 1946 Sheriff of Redwood Valley (key grip - uncredited)
 1946 Song of Arizona (key grip - uncredited)
 1946 Crime of the Century (key grip - uncredited)
 1946 Gay Blades (key grip - uncredited)
 1945 Dakota (key grip - uncredited)
 1945 Rough Riders of Cheyenne (grip - uncredited)
 1945 Don't Fence Me In (grip - uncredited)
 1945 Sunset in El Dorado (key grip - uncredited)
 1945/I Along the Navajo Trail (key grip - uncredited)
 1945 The Cheaters (grip - uncredited)
 1945 Man from Oklahoma (key grip - uncredited)
 1945 Bells of Rosarita (key grip - uncredited)
 1945 Earl Carroll Vanities (key grip - uncredited)
 1945 Utah (key grip - uncredited)
 1945 Great Stagecoach Robbery (grip - uncredited)
 1945 Grissly's Millions (key grip - uncredited)
 1944 The Big Bonanza (grip - uncredited)
 1944 Lights of Old Santa Fe (key grip - uncredited)
 1944 San Fernando Valley (key grip - uncredited)
 1944 Haunted Harbor (grip - uncredited)
 1944 Song of Nevada (key grip - uncredited)
 1944 The Yellow Rose of Texas (grip - uncredited)
 1944 Cowboy and the Senorita (key grip - uncredited)
 1943 A Scream in the Dark (grip - uncredited)
 1943 Hoosier Holiday (grip - uncredited)
 1943 Silver Spurs (grip - uncredited)
 1943 The Masked Marvel (grip - uncredited)
 1943 Fugitive from Sonora (grip - uncredited)
 1943 Song of Texas (grip - uncredited)
 1943 False Faces (grip - uncredited)
 1943 Days of Old Cheyenne (grip - uncredited)
 1943 King of the Cowboys (grip - uncredited)
 1943 Idaho (grip - uncredited)
 1943 Thundering Trails (grip - uncredited)
 1942 Ridin' Down the Canyon (key grip - uncredited)
 1942 Heart of the Golden West (key grip - uncredited)
 1942 King of the Mounties (key grip - uncredited)
 1942 Flying Tigers (grip - uncredited)
 1942 Bells of Capistrano (grip - uncredited)
 1942 Call of the Canyon (key grip - uncredited)
 1942 Sons of the Pioneers (grip - uncredited)
 1942 In Old California (key grip - uncredited)
 1942 Romance on the Range (grip - uncredited)
 1942 Spy Smasher (grip - uncredited)
 1942 Sunset on the Desert (grip - uncredited)
 1942 Code of the Outlaw (grip - uncredited)
 1942 Man from Cheyenne (grip - uncredited)
 1941 Dick Tracy vs. Crime, Inc. (grip - uncredited)
 1941 Sierra Sue (key grip - uncredited)
 1941 Gauchos of El Dorado (grip - uncredited)
 1941 Bad Man of Deadwood (key grip - uncredited)
 1941 Nevada City (grip - uncredited)
 1941 Desert Bandit (grip - uncredited)
 1941 Saddlemates (grip - uncredited)
 1941 Sheriff of Tombstone (grip - uncredited)
 1941 The Singing Hill (grip - uncredited)
 1941 In Old Cheyenne (grip - uncredited)
 1941 Adventures of Captain Marvel (grip - uncredited)
 1941 Ridin' on a Rainbow (grip - uncredited)
 1941 Wyoming Wildcat (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Lone Star Raiders (key grip - uncredited)
 1940 Mysterious Doctor Satan (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Melody Ranch (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Young Bill Hickok (key grip - uncredited)
 1940 King of the Royal Mounted (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Oklahoma Renegades (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Carolina Moon (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Adventures of Red Ryder (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Gaucho Serenade (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Young Buffalo Bill (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Hi-Yo Silver (grip - archive footage, uncredited)
 1940 Rancho Grande (grip - uncredited)
 1940 Heroes of the Saddle (grip - uncredited)
 1939 South of the Border (grip - uncredited)
 1939 Rovin' Tumbleweeds (grip - uncredited)
 1939 The Arizona Kid (grip - uncredited)
 1939 Dick Tracy's G-Men (grip - uncredited)
 1939 In Old Monterey (grip - uncredited)
 1939 Colorado Sunset (grip - uncredited)
 1939 In Old Caliente (grip - uncredited)
 1939 Three Texas Steers (grip - uncredited)
 1939 Frontier Pony Express (grip - uncredited)
 1939 Mexicali Rose (grip - uncredited)
 1939 The Lone Ranger Rides Again (grip - uncredited)
 1939 Home on the Prairie (grip - uncredited)
 1939 Fighting Thoroughbreds (grip - uncredited)
 1938 Hawk of the Wilderness (grip - uncredited)
 1938 Rhythm of the Saddle (grip - uncredited)
 1938 Prairie Moon (grip - uncredited)
 1938 Billy the Kid Returns (grip - uncredited)
 1938 Dick Tracy Returns (grip - uncredited)
 1938 Gold Mine in the Sky (grip - uncredited)
 1938 Riders of the Black Hills (grip - uncredited)
 1938 The Fighting Devil Dogs (grip - uncredited)
 1938 Outlaws of Sonora (grip - uncredited)
 1938 Call the Mesquiteers (grip - uncredited)
 1938 The Lone Ranger (grip - uncredited)
 1938 The Old Barn Dance (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Wild Horse Rodeo (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Zorro Rides Again (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Springtime in the Rockies (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Boots and Saddles (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Heart of the Rockies (grip - uncredited)
 1937 SOS Coast Guard (grip - uncredited)
 1937 The Painted Stallion (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Rootin' Tootin' Rhythm (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Circus Girl (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Round-Up Time in Texas (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Paradise Express (grip - uncredited)
 1937 Riders of the Whistling Skull (grip - uncredited)
 1936 Roarin' Lead (grip - uncredited)
 1936 The Big Show (grip - uncredited)
 1936 Country Gentlemen (grip - uncredited)
 1936 The Three Mesquiteers (key grip - uncredited)
 1936 Oh, Susanna! (grip - uncredited)
 1936 Guns and Guitars (grip - uncredited)
 1936 Down to the Sea (grip - second unit, uncredited)
 1936 The Singing Cowboy (grip - uncredited)
 1936 The Girl from Mandalay (grip - uncredited)
 1936 Red River Valley (grip - uncredited)
 1936 Darkest Africa (grip - uncredited)
 1936 Dancing Feet (grip - uncredited)
 1935 Hitch Hike Lady (grip - uncredited)
 1935 The Singing Vagabond (grip - uncredited)
 1935 Sagebrush Troubadour (grip - uncredited)
 1935 1,000 Dollars a Minute (grip - uncredited)
 1935 Melody Trail (grip - uncredited)
 1935 Tumbling Tumbleweeds (grip - uncredited)
 1935 Ladies Crave Excitement (grip - uncredited)
 1935 One Frightened Night (grip - uncredited)
 1935 The Miracle Rider (grip - uncredited)
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Personal Details

Alternate Names:

Nils Mathias
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During the Great Depression of 1929, Nelson worked construction in Glendale and in 1933, worked on Off Shore Oil platforms on the California coast at Santa Barbara and Ventura. See more »

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Nels

Star Sign:

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