Craig T. Nelson

Actor, Comedy writer, Producer
A personable Everyman with a knack for both deadpan comedy and heavy drama, Craig T. Nelson was a Los Angeles-based comic and gag writer before making his acting debut in 1971. Featured in largely minor roles for much ... Read more »
Born: 04/04/1944 in Spokane, Washington, USA

Filmography

Actor (76)

Coach 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

Parenthood 2009 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

Soul Surfer 2011 (Movie)

Dr. David Rovinsky (Actor)

The Company Men 2010 (Movie)

James Salinger (Actor)

The Proposal 2009 (Movie)

Joe Paxton (Actor)

Blades of Glory 2007 (Movie)

Coach (Actor)

The Family Stone 2005 (Movie)

Kelly Stone (Actor)

Coach 1988 - 1997, 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The District 1988 - 1997, 2000 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Incredibles 2004 (Movie)

Voice of Bob Parr/Mr Incredible (Actor)

The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

1st Annual Laureus Sports Awards 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Huntress 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Skulls 2000 (Movie)

Litten Mandrake (Actor)

Top Speed 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Peter Benchley's Creature 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The 52nd Annual Tony Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Caesars Palace 30th Anniversary Celebration 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Devil's Advocate 1997 (Movie)

Alexander Cullen (Actor)

Ghosts of Mississippi 1996 (Movie)

Ed Peters (Actor)

I'm Not Rappaport 1996 (Movie)

The Cowboy (Actor)

45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC's 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

How I Spent My Summer Vacation 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Bob Hope: The First Ninety Years 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Comedy Store's 20th Birthday 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Switch 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ultimate Driving Challenge 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Josephine Baker Story 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Drug Wars: the Camarena Story 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Gli Indifferenti 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Me and Him 1989 (Movie)

Peter Karamis (Actor)

Rachel River 1989 (Movie)

Marlyn (Actor)

Troop Beverly Hills 1989 (Movie)

Freddy Nefler (Actor)

Turner & Hooch 1989 (Movie)

Chief Hyde (Actor)

Action Jackson 1988 (Movie)

Peter Dellaplane (Actor)

Red Riding Hood 1987 (Movie)

Godfrey Percival (Actor)

Poltergeist II: the Other Side 1986 (Movie)

Steve Freeling (Actor)

The Killing Fields 1984 (Movie)

Military Attache (Actor)

All the Right Moves 1983 (Movie)

Nickerson (Actor)

Man, Woman and Child 1983 (Movie)

Bernie Ackerman (Actor)

Silkwood 1983 (Movie)

Winston (Actor)

The Osterman Weekend 1983 (Movie)

Bernard Osterman (Actor)

Chicago Story 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Paper Dolls 1981 - 1982 (TV Show)

Actor

Poltergeist 1982 (Movie)

Steve Freeling (Actor)

Chicago Story 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Rage 1980 - 1981 (TV Show)

Actor

Private Benjamin 1980 (Movie)

Captain William Wooldridge (Actor)

Stir Crazy 1980 (Movie)

Deputy Ward Wilson (Actor)

Where the Buffalo Roam 1980 (Movie)

Cop on Stand (Actor)

And Justice For All 1979 (Movie)

Frank Bowers (Actor)

The Formula 1979 (Movie)

2nd Geologist (Actor)

Flesh Gordon 1971 (Movie)

(uncredited) Voice of the Monster (Actor)

The Return of Count Yorga 1970 (Movie)

Policeman (Actor)

Alex: The Life of a Child (TV Show)

Actor

Call to Glory (TV Show)

Actor

Dirty Pictures (TV Show)

Actor

Extreme Close-Up (TV Show)

Actor

If These Walls Could Talk (TV Show)

Actor

Inmates: A Love Story (TV Show)

Actor

Murder in Texas (TV Show)

Actor

Probable Cause (TV Show)

Actor

Ride With the Wind (TV Show)

Actor

Take Me Home Again (TV Show)

Actor

The Fire Next Time (TV Show)

Actor

The Promise of Love (TV Show)

Actor

The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story (TV Show)

Actor

To Serve and Protect (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

A personable Everyman with a knack for both deadpan comedy and heavy drama, Craig T. Nelson was a Los Angeles-based comic and gag writer before making his acting debut in 1971. Featured in largely minor roles for much of the 1970s and early 1980s, he hit pay dirt as the protective father of a suburban family under attack by supernatural forces in the monster summer hit, "Poltergeist" (1982). Television brought him wider exposure as the star of two popular series: the long-running sitcom "Coach" (ABC, 1989-1997) followed by the gritty crime drama "The District" (CBS, 2000-04). Despite his busy schedule, Nelson continued to keep a hand in TV movies and theatrical features, most notably as the voice of the super-heroic Mr. Incredible in the acclaimed animated Pixar feature "The Incredibles" (2004). After many more supporting turns and guest appearances, fans welcomed the actor's return to a regular series role as Zeek Braverman, the even-keeled patriarch of a large, eclectic clan in the Ron Howard-produced dramedy series, "Parenthood" (NBC, 2010- ). Steady as a rock, the always reliable Nelson continued to anchor projects of any timbre or genre, much to the delight of audiences everywhere.

Relationships

Doria Nelson

Wife
Together since c. 1979 married in 1987

Robin Nelson

Wife
Divorced in 1978 mother of Nelson's three children

Tiffany Nelson

Daughter
Mother, Robin Nelson

Christopher Nelson

Son
Mother, Robin Nelson

Noah Nelson

Son
Born c. 1976 mother, Robin Nelson

EDUCATION

University of Arizona

Tucson , Arizona

Central Washington University

Ellensburg , Washington

Oxford Theatre

Los Angeles , California

Milestones

2010

Cast as Zeek Braverman on NBC's updated version of the 1989 film, "Parenthood"

2009

Played Ryan Reynolds' father in the comedy "The Proposal"

2007

Appeared in four episodes of "My Name Is Earl" (NBC) as an eccentric prison warden

2007

Co-starred with Jon Heder and Will Ferrell in the comedy, "Blades of Glory"

2005

Cast as the family patriarch, opposite Diane Keaton, in the holiday comedy "The Family Stone"

2004

Voiced the character of Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible in the Pixar animated movie "The Incredibles"

2000

Returned to series TV as the star of the fall CBS crime drama "The District"; also produced and directed

1998

Made Broadway debut in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!"

1998

Had starring role in the ABC miniseries "Peter Benchley's 'Creature'"

1997

Portrayed weathy developer Alexander Cullen in "The Devil's Advocate"

1997

Reunited with director Barry Levinson in the David Mamet-scripted feature "Wag the Dog"

1996

Cast as District Attorney Ed Peters in Rob Reiner's "Ghosts of Mississippi"

1996

Played the Cowboy, a drug dealer, in Herb Gardner's "I'm Not Rappaport"

1994

Played Kirk Douglas's son in the NBC movie "Take Me Home Again"

1994

Executive produced and starred in the ABC movie "Ride with the Wind"; also adapted for the screen from a Harry Grant story

1993

Starred in the sci-fi miniseries "The Fire Next Time" (CBS)

1991

Portrayed Walter Winchell in the HBO movie "The Josephine Baker Story"; directed by Gibson

1990

Played a drug enforcement agent in the Emmy-winning miniseries "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (NBC); directed by Brian Gibson

1989

Acted the role of Chief Hyde in "Turner and Hooch"

1989

Portrayed Shelly Long's husband in "Troop Beverly Hills"

1989

Played the title role in the ABC sitcom "Coach"; also produced and directed starring in 1992

1986

First association with director Brian Gibson, "Poltergeist II: The Other Side"

1984

Played a US Air Force colonel in the ABC series "Call to Glory"

1983

Co-starred in the Mike Nichols directed "Silkwood"

1983

Played a high school football coach, opposite Tom Cruise, in "All the Right Moves"

1982

Co-starred with JoBeth Williams in the Spielberg-produced "Poltergeist"

1980

Returned to TV in the CBS movie "The Promise of Love"

1979

Made feature debut in the Levinson-scripted, "...And Justice for All"; directed by Norman Jewison

1978

Returned to Los Angeles to raise financing for documentaries; produced 52 programs syndicated under the title, "America Still"

1973

Was a guest performer on the CBS pilot, "Bachelor at Law"

1973

Took hiatus from comedy and moved to Mount Shasta, CA with family

1969

Wrote for "The John Byner Comedy Hour" (CBS)

Began career as writer/performer (with Barry Levinson) on the "Lohman and Barkley" radio show

Formed stand-up comedy act with Levinson; performed stand-up in Los Angeles

Performed in such stage productions as "The Fantasticks" and "The Taming of the Shrew"

Bonus Trivia

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Nelson was also a junior amateur champion in golf and still shoots in the low 70s, competing in pro/celebrity charity tournaments when time allows.

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Not to be confused with the actor Craig Richard Nelson.

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