Craig T. Nelson
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|Craig T. Nelson|
|Born||Craig Theodore Nelson
April 4, 1944
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
|Alma mater||Central Washington University|
|Known for||Hayden Fox in Coach|
|Notable work||Coach, Stir Crazy, Poltergeist, My Name Is Earl, The Incredibles, Parenthood|
|Spouse(s)||Robin McCarthy (m. 1965; div. 1978)
Doria Cook-Nelson (m. 1987)
Craig Theodore Nelson (born April 4, 1944) is an American actor and former comedian. He is best known for his Emmy-winning role as Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach, Deputy Ward Wilson in the 1980 film Stir Crazy, Steven Freeling in the 1982 film Poltergeist, the Warden in My Name is Earl, and Mr. Incredible in the 2004 film The Incredibles. He also starred in the TV series Parenthood.
Nelson was born in Spokane, Washington, the son of Vera Margaret (née Spindler) (1906–1971), a dancer, and Armand Gilbert Nelson (1900–1964), a businessman. Nelson has a brown belt in karate. In high school, Nelson was the quarterback of the football team and also played baseball. He attended Central Washington University studying criminology as he wanted to work for the CIA. He dropped out and went to Yakima Valley Community College to study English literature, but he dropped out again. He spent a semester abroad studying communications at Northfielde Universität Herisau in Switzerland. He eventually received a drama scholarship to the University of Arizona. Nelson did summer stock theatre in Cripple Creek, Colorado. He then moved to the west, where he worked as a security guard at a soap factory in the day and took acting classes at night.
Nelson began his show business career as a comedian. He was an early member of The Groundlings comedy troupe. Nelson, Barry Levinson, and Rudy De Luca formed their own comedy team and were regular performers at The Comedy Store. In 1973, Nelson left the comedy world, explaining "the standup comedy life was pretty unfulfilling for me" and he settled in Mount Shasta where there was no electricity and no running water; "it was contentment, The Waltons, he said. Nelson had different jobs during that time including janitor, plumber, carpenter, surveyor, and teacher. He returned to acting five years later.
He was featured as a prosecuting attorney who opposes Al Pacino in the 1979 film ...And Justice for All, co-written by Levinson. In 1983, Nelson appeared in Silkwood, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, as the high school football coach of Tom Cruise in the drama All the Right Moves and as one of the stars of director Sam Peckinpah's final film, The Osterman Weekend.
He has appeared in many other motion pictures (most notably the Poltergeist series) and had featured roles in five television shows (Coach, Call to Glory, The District, My Name Is Earl, and Parenthood). Coach ran from 1989 to 1997, with Nelson starring as college football coach Hayden Fox.
During the early 1990s, he made a guest appearance in the music video for country singer Garth Brooks's song "We Shall Be Free". Nelson made a three-episode guest appearance on CSI: NY as a "nemesis" to Gary Sinise’s Taylor.
His most recent films include 2009's The Proposal as Ryan Reynolds' skeptical father and 2010's The Company Men as a greedy CEO. From 2010 to 2015, he starred in the television show Parenthood as Zeek Braverman, the family patriarch.
His second wife Doria Cook-Nelson is a freelance writer, president of a martial arts association, karate instructor, tai chi teacher and former film and television actress who had a featured role in the movie musical Mame.
Nelson is a motorsports fan and an avid racer. He first participated in the 1991 Toyota Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix and finished third. In 1994, Craig founded Screaming Eagles Racing with John Christie and entered and drove a Toyota-engined Spice SE90 in the IMSA 1994 WSC, a Lexus-engined Spice SE90 in 1995 and a Ford-engined Riley & Scott MkIII in the 1996 and 1997 championships.
|1971||The Return of Count Yorga||Sgt. O'Connor|
|1974||Flesh Gordon||The Monster||Voice role
|1979||...And Justice for All||Frank Bowers|
|1980||Stir Crazy||Deputy Ward Wilson|
|1980||Where the Buffalo Roam||Cop on Stand|
|1980||Private Benjamin||Capt. William Woodbridge|
|1983||Man, Woman and Child||Bernie Ackerman|
|1983||All the Right Moves||Nickerson|
|1983||The Osterman Weekend||Bernard Osterman|
|1984||The Killing Fields||Major Reeves|
|1986||Poltergeist II: The Other Side||Steven Freeling|
|1988||Action Jackson||Peter Dellaplane|
|1989||Born on the Fourth of July||Marine Officer|
|1989||Red Riding Hood||Sir Godfrey/Percival|
|1989||Turner & Hooch||The Police Chief Howard Hyde|
|1989||Troop Beverly Hills||Fred Nefler|
|1993||The Fire Next Time||Drew Morgan||Miniseries|
|1996||Ghosts of Mississippi||Ed Peters|
|1996||I'm Not Rappaport||The Cowboy|
|1997||The Devil's Advocate||Alexander Cullen|
|1997||Wag the Dog||Senator John Neal||Uncredited|
|2000||The Skulls||Litten Mandrake|
|2001||All Over Again||Cole Twain|
|2004||The Incredibles||Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible||Voice role
Nominated—MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Team
|2005||The Family Stone||Kelly Stone||Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|
|2007||Blades of Glory||Coach|
|2009||The Proposal||Joe Paxton|
|2010||The Company Men||James Salinger|
|2011||Soul Surfer||Dr. Robinsky|
|2015||Get Hard||Martin Barrow|
|1973||The Mary Tyler Moore Show||Charlie||Episode: "Mary Richards and the Incredible Plant Lady"|
|1978||Wonder Woman||Sam||Episode: "The Deadly Sting"|
|1980||The White Shadow||Father Phil||Episode: "A Christmas Story"|
|1982||Chicago Story||Kenneth A. Dutton||13 episodes|
|1984–1985||Call to Glory||Col. Raynor Sarnac||23 episodes|
|1986||Alex: The Life of a Child||Frank Deford||Television movie|
|1986||The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story||Senator Edward Kennedy||Television movie|
|1989–1997||Coach||Coach Hayden Fox||198 episodes
Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy (1992–95)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1990–91)
Nominated—Viewers for Quality Television Award for Best Actor in a Quality Comedy Series
|1991||The Josephine Baker Story||Walter Winchell||Television movie|
|1994||Ride with the Wind||Frank Shelby||Television movie|
|1998||Creature||Dr. Simon Chase||Television movie|
|1999||To Serve and Protect||Tom Carr||2 episodes|
|2000||Dirty Pictures||Simon Leis||Television movie|
|2000–2004||The District||Chief Jack Mannion||89 episodes
Nominated—Prism Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama
|2007||My Name Is Earl||Warden Jerry Hazelwood||4 episodes|
|2008–2009||CSI: NY||Robert Dunbrook||3 episodes|
|2009||Monk||Judge Ethan Rickover||2 episodes|
|2010–2015||Parenthood||Zeek Braverman||91 episodes
Prism Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Critics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
|2013||Hawaii Five-0||Tyler Cain||Episode: "He welo 'oihana"|
|2015||Grace and Frankie||Guy||5 episodes|
|1983–1984||Friends||Harold (Okie) Peterson|
|1998||Ah, Wilderness!||Nat Miller|
|2004||The Incredibles||Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible||(voice)|
|2012||Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure||Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible||(voice)|
|2013||Disney Infinity||Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible||(voice)|
|2015||Disney Infinity 3.0||Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible||(voice)|
- Harris, Will (September 26, 2013). "Craig T. Nelson on comedy, chemistry, and more". The A.V. Club. Retrieved September 6, 2013.
I’ve never, ever been Craig Richard Nelson. Ever! My birth certificate says Craig Theodore.
- Craig T. Nelson - Biography
- Logan, Joe (January 8, 1990). "Craig T. Nelson's Slow Path To Stardom The Star Of Abc's "Coach\" Twice Flunked Out Of College. For A While, He Was A Father On Welfare. Now His Film Credits Include \"silkwood\" And \"poltergeist," And Tonight He's In An Nbc Mini-series.". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- "History: In the Beginning". The Groundlings. Retrieved September 26, 2013.
- Boss, Kit (August 30, 1992). "Craig T. Nelson's Life In The Fast Lane". The Seattle Times. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- Eng, Joyce (December 3, 2008). "Craig T. Nelson to Guest on CSI: NY". tvguide.com. Retrieved December 5, 2008.
- "Glenn Beck And Craig T. Nelson Talk About Not Paying Taxes Ever Again, For Some Reason". Huffington Post. May 29, 2009.
- Knutzen, Eirik (October 1, 2000). "Craig T. Nelson Is D.c.'s Top Cop". The Morning Call. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- Getlen, Larry (September 23, 2010). "Life Lessons". AARP. Retrieved December 13, 2013.
- Avalanche Software. Disney Infinity 3.0. Scene: Closing credits, 5:39 in, Featuring the Voice Talents of.
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