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Also Known As: Craig Theodore Nelson, Craig Richard Nelson Died:
Born: April 4, 1944 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Spokane, Washington, USA Profession: producer, comedy writer, actor, screenwriter, director, stand-up comedian, plumber, carpenter, teacher, janitor, logger, surveyor

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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. ...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Get Hard (2015)
2.
 Soul Surfer (2011)
3.
 Company Men, The (2010)
4.
 Proposal, The (2009)
5.
 Blades of Glory (2007)
6.
 Family Stone, The (2005) Cast
7.
 The Incredibles (2004) Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible
8.
 Skulls, The (2000) Litten Mandrake
9.
 Dirty Pictures (2000) Sheriff Simon Leis
10.
 Against Time (2000)
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Began career as writer/performer (with Barry Levinson) on the "Lohman and Barkley" radio show
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Formed stand-up comedy act with Levinson; performed stand-up in Los Angeles
1970:
Wrote for "The John Byner Comedy Hour" (CBS)
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
1978:
Returned to Los Angeles to raise financing for documentaries; produced 52 programs syndicated under the title, "America Still"
1979:
Made feature debut in the Levinson-scripted, "...And Justice for All"; directed by Norman Jewison
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Performed in such stage productions as "The Fantasticks" and "The Taming of the Shrew"
1980:
Returned to TV in the CBS movie "The Promise of Love"
1982:
Co-starred with JoBeth Williams in the Spielberg-produced "Poltergeist"
1983:
Co-starred in the Mike Nichols directed "Silkwood"
1983:
Played a high school football coach, opposite Tom Cruise, in "All the Right Moves"
1984:
Played a US Air Force colonel in the ABC series "Call to Glory"
1986:
First association with director Brian Gibson, "Poltergeist II: The Other Side"
1989:
Portrayed Shelly Long's husband in "Troop Beverly Hills"
1989:
Acted the role of Chief Hyde in "Turner and Hooch"
1989:
Played the title role in the ABC sitcom "Coach"; also produced and directed starring in 1992
1990:
Played a drug enforcement agent in the Emmy-winning miniseries "Drug Wars: The Camarena Story" (NBC); directed by Brian Gibson
1991:
Portrayed Walter Winchell in the HBO movie "The Josephine Baker Story"; directed by Gibson
1993:
Starred in the sci-fi miniseries "The Fire Next Time" (CBS)
1994:
Executive produced and starred in the ABC movie "Ride with the Wind"; also adapted for the screen from a Harry Grant story
1994:
Played Kirk Douglas's son in the NBC movie "Take Me Home Again"
1996:
Played the Cowboy, a drug dealer, in Herb Gardner's "I'm Not Rappaport"
1996:
Cast as District Attorney Ed Peters in Rob Reiner's "Ghosts of Mississippi"
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"
1998:
Made Broadway debut in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!"
1998:
Had starring role in the ABC miniseries "Peter Benchley's 'Creature'"
2000:
Returned to series TV as the star of the fall CBS crime drama "The District"; also produced and directed
2004:
Voiced the character of Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible in the Pixar animated movie "The Incredibles"
2005:
Cast as the family patriarch, opposite Diane Keaton, in the holiday comedy "The Family Stone"
2007:
Co-starred with Jon Heder and Will Ferrell in the comedy, "Blades of Glory"
2007:
Appeared in four episodes of "My Name Is Earl" (NBC) as an eccentric prison warden
2009:
Played Ryan Reynolds' father in the comedy "The Proposal"
2010:
Cast as Zeek Braverman on NBC's updated version of the 1989 film, "Parenthood"
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Education

University of Arizona: Tucson , Arizona -
Central Washington University: Ellensburg , Washington -
Oxford Theatre: Los Angeles , California -

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