Thomas Daniel Nelson
December 7, 1997
West Haven, Connecticut, U.S.
Thomas Daniel Nelson (born December 7, 1997) is an American actor. He is best known for his performances as Neil in the biopic My Friend Dahmer and Russell in The Cat and the Moon.
Nelson's film debut came in 2006 playing Edward Jr. Age 6–7 in Robert De Niro's, The Good Shepherd. In 2012, he played Nickleby, a Khaki Scout, in the coming-of-age film Moonrise Kingdom. Since then, he has transitioned into maturer roles beginning with his portrayal of Neil in My Friend Dahmer. He starred as Russell in the drama film The Cat and the Moon, alongside his Dahmer costar Alex Wolff.
Outside of film, he has made guest appearances on television shows such as Gotham, Better Call Saul, and FBI.
During May to August 2019 he appeared alongside Taylor Hanks in the one-act play Fucknut (happy new year) written by Ryan Sans at Dixon Place and 13th Street Repertory Theatre.
Nelson was born in West Haven, Connecticut and attended West Haven High School. He played guitar in jazz band and was actively involved in theatre including productions of The Drowsy Chaperone and The Laramie Project. In 2015 he was the recipient of the Connecticut Association of Schools Fine Arts Award for the Music/Theatre Division.
He is a Philadelphia Eagles fan and played football during his senior year. Growing up, his favorite player was Brian Dawkins.
From September 2015 to December 2017, he attended Pace University’s School of Performing Arts. He left in January 2018 to focus on acting.
Despite having naturally brown hair, Nelson admitted in an interview with BUILD Series that he kept his hair blonde and adopted the wardrobe of his character from The Cat and the Moon (joggers, sweatshirt, and a gold chain) for six months after filming ended. This can be seen in his appearance on Better Call Saul.
|2006||The Good Shepherd||Edward Wilson Jr. - Age 6-7|
|2007||The Ten||Noah Jennings|
|And Then Came Love||Horatio|
|Then She Found Me||Jimmy Ray|
|2008||Quid Pro Quo||Young Isaac Knott|
|2010||Meek's Cutoff||Jimmy White|
|2014||Night Has Settled||Nick|
|2017||My Friend Dahmer||Neil Davis|
|2019||The Cat and the Moon||Russell|
|2006||Rescue Me||Kid on Bus||Episode: "Sparks"|
|2007||Dirty Sexy Money||Young Brian Darling Sr.||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Clay Darren Jr.||Episode: "Courtship"|
|2008||The Prince of Motor City||Malcolm||Television Film|
|2009||Possible Side Effects||Ben Collins||Television Film|
|2011||Mildred Pierce||Newsboy||Television Mini-Series "Part 1" & "Part 2"|
|2014||Boardwalk Empire||Ned||Episode: "Cuanto"|
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Gregory Miller||Episode: "Producer's Backend"|
|2017||The Path||Brian||Episode: "Why We Source"|
|Gotham||Brant Jones||Episode: "A Dark Knight: A Day in the Narrows"|
|2018||Blindspot||Cameron||Episode: "Warning Shot"|
|Better Call Saul||Rocco||Episodes: "Quite a Ride" & "Piñata"|
|2019||FBI||Ivan Childress||Episode: "An Imperfect Science"|