John Allen Nelson is an American actor and screenwriter. He was born in San Antonio, Texas and spent his first three years in Germany alongside his siblings (David, Nancy and Diana). The Nelson family lived abroad with their father who was at the time stationed overseas as a doctor for a U.S. Air Force base. When the his family moved back stateside they eventually settled in Little Rock, Arkansas. It’s there that Nelson studied biology and physics at Southern Methodist University. He began a relationship with a fellow student, who was a singer and dancer, that got him interested in the performing arts. On February 14, 1982 with the support of his parents he went to New York to continue his study of acting. In 1983 he landed a part in the ABC soap opera "The Edge of Night." In 1986 he was cast in his first major recurring role on the NBC soap opera "Santa Barbara" as "Warren Lockridge." His acting career has spanned several decades appearing not only on various TV shows like "24" and "Friends" but also roles in movies including "Hunk" and the cult classic "Killer Klowns from Outer Space." Nelson also has worked behind the cameras having written, produced (as well as starred in) the 1997 HBO feature film "Shelter." In his personal life he was once married to Åse Samuelsson from 1988 to 2005 and has two children from that union: a son named Axel (born in 1990) and daughter named Linnea (born in 1994). He is now married to Justine Eyre since September 23, 2007 with whom he had a son in 2009. In 2015 he was cast in The CW musical comedy "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend" as Silas Bunch.