Craig Theodore Nelson (born April 4, 1944) is an American actor. He is probably best known for his Emmy-winning role as Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach. He also starred in The Incredibles in 2004 as Mr. Incredible. He portrays Zeek Braverman in Parenthood.

Personal life[edit | edit source]

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.[1][2] Nelson has a brown belt in karate and attended the University of Arizona and Central Washington University.[3]

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,[4] and went on to state: "I've been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No. No."[5]

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.Template:Citation needed

Career[edit | edit source]

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.

He voiced Mr. Incredible in the 2004 animated film The Incredibles.

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.[6]

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.

Other media[edit | edit source]

He is mentioned in the South Park episode, "Over Logging" as being the next person to use the internet at the Red Cross camp.

In United States of Tara, Marshall references him while discussing extremely manly men.

On the American version of Whose Line Is It Anyway, Colin Mochrie would usually do an impression of Nelson during a game like Questionable Impressions (where an impression is required), because Mocherie's skill at impressions is mediocre but Nelson doesn't have a strong accent or other trait to impersonate.

Filmography[edit | edit source]

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Nelson in 2004

References[edit | edit source]

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