Early Life Edit
Nelson was born in Portland, Maine, the son of Merle, a court mediator and former member of the Maine state legislature, and Leonard Nelson, a corporate lawyer. His family isJewish, and his father was the first Jewish president of the Portland Symphony Orchestra. He has two sisters, Eve and Julie. He went to school at St. Paul's School in Concord, New Hampshire, and Waynflete School in Portland, Maine, and studied at Haverford College inPennsylvania, leaving during his sophomore year. He subsequently moved to Manhattan to study acting with Stella Adler.