Craig Richard Nelson

Craig Richard Nelson (not to be confused with Craig T. Nelson) is a character actor who jumped from Broadway into two substantial film roles at the start of his on-screen career. In 1973, he was cast as law student ... Read more »
Born: 09/17/1947

Filmography

Actor (29)

Burke's Law 1989 - 1990, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Diagnosis Murder 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Doogie Howser, M.D. 1989 - 1990, 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Grace Under Fire 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

High Incident 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Home Improvement 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Murder, She Wrote 1989 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Quantum Leap 1989 - 1992, 1994 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Star Trek: Voyager 1997 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Rat Pack 1998 (Movie)

Louis Milestone (Actor)

Wings 1995 - 1998 (Tv Show)

Actor

Another You 1991 (Movie)

Walt (Actor)

Friends 1988 (Movie)

Client (Actor)

My Bodyguard 1980 (Movie)

Griffith (Actor)

A Small Circle of Friends 1979 (Movie)

Harry Norris Winthrop (Actor)

Carol Burnett and Company 1978 - 1979 (TV Show)

Actor

Quintet 1979 (Movie)

Redstone (Actor)

A Wedding 1977 (Movie)

Captain Reedley Roots (Actor)

Three Women 1976 (Movie)

Dr. Maas (Actor)

Friends and Lovers 1974 - 1975 (TV Show)

Actor

Blood Sport 1973 - 1974 (TV Show)

Actor

The Paper Chase 1973 (Movie)

Bell (Actor)

Betrayed by Innocence (TV Show)

Actor

Chiller (TV Show)

Actor

Do You Remember Love (TV Show)

Actor

Naked Lie (TV Show)

Actor

Nick Knight (TV Show)

Actor

Stick Around (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Craig Richard Nelson (not to be confused with Craig T. Nelson) is a character actor who jumped from Broadway into two substantial film roles at the start of his on-screen career. In 1973, he was cast as law student Willis Bell in the drama "The Paper Chase", for which John Houseman--as bow-tied law professor Charles Kingsfield Jr.--received an Oscar. That same year, Nelson had a supporting role in the ABC Movie of the Week, the sports drama "Blood Sport", starring Larry Hagman and Gary Busey. Following a few smaller parts, Nelson hit something of an early career peak, landing roles in three successive Robert Altman films: in 1977, he played Dr. Maas in the drama "3 Women" (with Shelly Duvall and Sissy Spacek), followed by a smaller role in the comedy "A Wedding" (with Carol Burnett and Geraldine Chaplin, among others) in 1978, and then a role as Redstone in the Paul Newman-starring sci-fi mystery, "Quintet". After that heightened period, however, Nelson's film work quickly dissipated, though he did have a small supporting part in the revenge-against-bullies classic "My Bodyguard" in 1980. On TV, Nelson had 25 years of steady if not particularly trenchant work, appearing on single episodes of everything from the sitcom "What's Happening!!" to the legal drama "L.A. Law" to the mystery "Murder, She Wrote". In 1982, he appeared on three episodes of the Sarah Jessica Parker-starring sitcom "Square Pegs", also directing an episode the following year.

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