Apr. 4th, 1944
Spokane, Washington, USA
6' 3 1/2
Craig T. Nelson's Main TV Roles
Main Movie Roles2011 - Soul Surfer
2010 - The Company Men
2009 - The Proposal
2007 - Blades of Glory
2005 - The Family Stone
2004 - The Incredibles
2000 - The Skulls
1997 - Wag the Dog
1997 - The Devil's Advocate
1996 - Ghosts of Mississippi
1989 - Turner & Hooch
1989 - Troop Beverly Hills
1988 - Action Jackson
1986 - Poltergeist II: The Other Side
1984 - The Killing Fields
1983 - Silkwood
1983 - All the Right Moves
1983 - The Osterman Weekend
1982 - Poltergeist
1980 - The Formula
1980 - Where The Buffalo Roam
1980 - Stir Crazy
1980 - Private Benjamin
1979 - ...And Justice for All.
1973 - Scream Blacula Scream
1971 - The Return of Count Yorga
Guest TV Roles
Kenneth A. Dutton
Warden Jerry Hazelwood
Judge Ethan Rickover
Chief Jack Mannion
Nelson was born in Spokane, Washington, the son of Vera Margaret (née Spindler), a dancer, and Armand Gilbert Nelson, a businessman who was once a drummer in Bing Crosby's high school band. Nelson has a brown belt in karate and attended the University of Arizona and Central Washington University.
Because Craig Richard Nelson was already registered with the Screen Actors Guild, he registered as Craig Theodore Nelson.
He has appeared in numerous 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.
He voiced Mr. Incredible in the 2004 animated film The Incredibles.
His most recent films include 2009's The Proposal as Ryan Reynolds' skeptical father and 2010's The Company Men as a greedy CEO. He currently stars in the 2010 television show Parenthood as Zeek Braverman, the family patriarch.
Nelson is a motorsports fan and an avid racer. He first participated in the 1991 Toyota Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix and finished third. He founded Screaming Eagles Racing in 1994 with John Christie and entered and drove a Toyota-engined Spice SE90 in the IMSA WSC in 1994, a Lexus-engined Spice SE90 in 1995 and a Ford-engined Riley & Scott MkIII in 1996 and 1997.
In May 2009, Nelson appeared on Glenn Beck, where he spoke about his dislike of the current state of government, and highlighted the importance of funding for education and teachers. He also announced he would no longer pay taxes, and went on to state: "I've been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No. No."
Craig is also a golf enthusiast and is a member at Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA.
Nelson's son, Noah, was married to actress Ashley Jones in 2003. They divorced in 2009.
- He had to add the "T" as a middle initial to avoid confusion with the actor, 'Craig Richard Nelson' (qv), who had registered his name first with the Screen Actors Guild.
- This strapping American Everyman endeared himself to movie audiences as the besieged patriarch in _Poltergeist (1982)_ (qv), his first substantial film role. A former radio performer and stand-up comic whose pals included writer-director 'Barry Levinson (I)' (qv).
- Attended Central Washington University.
- Loves race car driving.
- Father of 'Noah Nelson (I)' (qv).
- Wanted to be a Hydroplane racer before he became an actor. His dad doubted this and said it would be an impossible feat, like becoming an actor.
- Attended University of Arizona.
- Is a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.