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Short Info

Date Of BirthApril 4, 1944
SpouseDoria Cook-Nelson (m. 1987), Robin Nelson (m. 1965–1978)
FactWanted 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.

Craig T. Nelson is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Hayden Fox on the television series Coach, and as Mr. Incredible in the Pixar film The Incredibles.

Nelson was born on April 4, 1944, in Spokane, Washington. His parents were both of Swedish descent. He has two sisters and one brother.

Nelson was educated at Whitworth College and the University of Arizona. He began his acting career in the 1970s, appearing in several television series. His first major role was as Hayden Fox on the television series Coach, which ran from 1989 to 1997.

Nelson has also appeared in films such as The Incredibles (2004), The Proposal (2009), and Soul Surfer (2011). He has been married to Doria Cook-Nelson since 1987. They have two children together.

As of 2020, Craig T. Nelson’s net worth is $40 million. He earns a salary of $300 thousand per episode of Coach.

General Info

Full NameCraig T. Nelson
Date Of BirthApril 4, 1944
Height1.92 m
ProfessionScreenwriter, Television producer, Voice Actor, Television Director
EducationUniversity of Arizona


SpouseDoria Cook-Nelson (m. 1987), Robin Nelson (m. 1965–1978)
ChildrenNoah Nelson, Tiffany Nelson, Christopher Nelson
ParentsVera Margaret Nelson, Armand Gilbert Nelson
SiblingsDayle Cole


AwardsPrimetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
NominationsCritics' Choice Television Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, MTV Movie Award for Best On-Screen Duo, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Musical or Comedy, Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama, People's Choice Award for Favorite Actor in a N...
MoviesThe Incredibles, Poltergeist, The Proposal, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, Get Hard, The Family Stone, The Company Men, Blades of Glory, All the Right Moves, The Osterman Weekend, Action Jackson, Turner & Hooch, The Devil's Advocate, The Killing Fields, Troop Beverly Hills, Stir Crazy, Ghosts of Mi...
TV ShowsParenthood, The District, Coach, Call to Glory, Private Benjamin, Chicago Story, Newton's Apple

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1[on Government Aid] I've been on food stamps and welfare, did anyone help me out? No.


1Began his career as a comedian before starting his acting career in 1971.
2His paternal grandfather was of Norwegian descent, and his maternal grandfather was of German ancestry. His other roots are English, Scots-Irish (Northern Irish), and more distant Dutch.
3Did some Shedd's Spread Country Crock margarine commercials, when not filming Coach (1989), for screen work. [April 1991]
4Formed a comedy team with Barry Levinson and Rudy De Luca early in his career.
5Was an early member of The Groundlings improv comedy troupe.
6Was offered the role of "Jay Pritchett" for the pilot of Modern Family (2009), but turned it down.
7Father of Noah Nelson.
8Is a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.
9Ex-father-in-law of Ashley Jones, who plays "Bridget Forrester" on The Bold and the Beautiful (1987).
10Attended Central Washington University.
11Attended University of Arizona.
12Loves race car driving.
13Wanted 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.
14This strapping American Everyman endeared himself to movie audiences as the besieged patriarch in Poltergeist (1982), his first substantial film role. A former radio performer and stand-up comic whose pals included writer-director Barry Levinson.
15He had to add the "T" as a middle initial to avoid confusion with the actor, Craig Richard Nelson, who had registered his name first with the Screen Actors Guild.




Disney Infinity 3.02015Video GameMr. Incredible (voice)
Grace and Frankie2015TV SeriesGuy
Get Hard2015Martin
Parenthood2010-2015TV SeriesZeek Braverman
Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes2014Video GameMr. Incredible (voice)
Disney Infinity2013Video GameMr. Incredible (voice)
Hawaii Five-02013TV SeriesTyler Cain
Kinect Fun Labs: Kinect Rush - A Disney Pixar Adventures: Snapshot2012Video GameBob Parr - Mr. Incredible (English version, voice)
Soul Surfer2011Dr. Rovinsky
The Company Men2010Salinger
Monk2009TV SeriesJudge Ethan Rickover
The Proposal2009/IJoe Paxton
CSI: NY2009TV SeriesRobert Dunbrook
My Name Is Earl2007TV SeriesWarden Jerry Hazelwood
Blades of Glory2007Coach
The Family Stone2005Kelly Stone
Mr. Incredible and Pals2005Video short'Real' Mr. Incredible (voice)
The Incredibles2004Video GameMr. Incredible
The Incredibles2004Bob Parr Mr. Incredible (voice)
The District2000-2004TV SeriesChief Jack Mannion
The Agency2002TV SeriesChief Jack Mannion
All Over Again2001Cole Twain
Dirty Pictures2000TV MovieSheriff Simon Leis
The Skulls2000Litten Mandrake
The Huntress2000TV SeriesRalph Thorson
To Serve and Protect1999TV Mini-SeriesTom Carr
Creature1998TV Mini-SeriesDr. Simon Chase
Wag the Dog1997Senator John Neal (uncredited)
Newton's Apple1997TV Series
The Devil's Advocate1997Alexander Cullen
Coach1989-1997TV SeriesCoach Hayden Fox / Hayden Fox
I'm Not Rappaport1996The Cowboy
Ghosts of Mississippi1996Ed Peters
If These Walls Could Talk1996TV MovieJim Harris (segment "1996")
Take Me Home Again1994TV MovieLarry
Probable Cause1994TV MovieLieutenant Louis Whitmire
Ride with the Wind1994TV MovieFrank Shelby
The Switch1993TV MovieRuss Fine
The Fire Next Time1993TV Mini-SeriesDrew Morgan
The Josephine Baker Story1991TV MovieWalter Winchell
Extreme Close-Up1990TV MoviePhilip
Drug Wars: The Camarena Story1990TV Mini-SeriesHarley Steinmetz
Turner & Hooch1989Chief Hyde
Murderers Among Us: The Simon Wiesenthal Story1989TV MovieMajor Bill Harcourt
Troop Beverly Hills1989Freddy Nefler
Me and Him1988Peter Aramis
Action Jackson1988Peter Dellaplane
Red Riding Hood1988Godfrey / Percival
Rachel River1987Marlyn Huutula
The Ted Kennedy Jr. Story1986TV MovieSenator Edward Kennedy
Poltergeist II: The Other Side1986Steve Freeling
Alex: The Life of a Child1986TV MovieFrank Deford
Call to Glory1984-1985TV SeriesColonel Raynor Sarnac
The Killing Fields1984Military Attaché
All the Right Moves1983Nickerson
The Osterman Weekend1983Bernard Osterman
Man, Woman and Child1983Bernie Ackerman
Private Benjamin1981-1982TV SeriesCol. Hogan / Capt. Braddock
Chicago Story1982TV SeriesKenneth A. Dutton
Poltergeist1982Steve Freeling
Paper Dolls1982TV MovieMichael Caswell
The Toast of Manhattan1982TV Movie
Murder in Texas1981TV MovieJack Ramsey
Chicago Story1981TV MovieKenneth A. Dutton
WKRP in Cincinnati1981TV SeriesCharlie Bathgate
Inmates: A Love Story1981TV MovieDaniels
The White Shadow1980TV SeriesFather Phil
The Formula1980Geologist #2
Stir Crazy1980Deputy Ward Wilson
The Promise of Love1980TV MovieMajor Landau
Private Benjamin1980Capt. William Woodbridge
Rage!1980TV MovieRay
Where the Buffalo Roam1980Cop on Stand
Diary of a Teenage Hitchhiker1979TV Movie
...and justice for all.1979Frank Bowers
How the West Was Won1979TV SeriesTugger
Wonder Woman1978TV SeriesSam
Charlie's Angels1978TV SeriesStone
Flesh Gordon1974The Monster (voice, uncredited)
Scream Blacula Scream1973Sarge (as Craig Nelson)
Bachelor-at-Law1973TV MovieMr. Pierce
Mary Tyler Moore1973TV SeriesCharlie
The Return of Count Yorga1971Sgt. O'Connor (as Craig Nelson)


The DistrictTV Series consulting producer - 67 episodes, 2000 - 2003 co-executive producer - 15 episodes, 2003 - 2004
Ride with the Wind1994TV Movie executive producer


The District2002-2003TV Series 2 episodes
Coach1992-1997TV Series 25 episodes
Call to Glory1985TV Series 1 episode


The District2004TV Series story by - 1 episode
Coach1997TV Series written by - 1 episode
Ride with the Wind1994TV Movie teleplay
The Tim Conway Comedy HourTV Series 1 episode, 1970 written by - 1 episode, 1970
The Tim Conway Show1970TV Series


Parenthood2011TV Series performer - 1 episode
Red Riding Hood1988performer: "You Won't Be Here in the Morning" Reprise, "Man Without a Heart"


Infanity2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Hannity2009TV SeriesHimself
The O'Reilly Factor2008TV SeriesHimself (segment "American TV Icon")
HBO First Look2007TV Series documentaryHimself
4th Annual Visual Effects Society Awards2006TV Special
The Family Stone: Behind the Scenes2006Video documentary shortHimself
On the Set: The Incredibles2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Alpha to Omega: Exposing 'The Osterman Weekend'2004Video documentaryHimself
CBS Cares2001-2004TV SeriesHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2002TV Series documentaryHimself
The 28th Annual People's Choice Awards2002TV SpecialHimself
Yes, Dear2001TV SeriesHimself
The Directors1999TV Series documentaryHimself
The Fifty1998TV Mini-Series documentaryNarrator (voice)
The 52nd Annual Tony Awards1998TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Rosie O'Donnell Show1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998TV SeriesHimself - Guest
AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to Steven Spielberg1996TV Special documentaryHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994TV SeriesHimself
The 51st Annual Golden Globe Awards1994TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The Ultimate Driving Challenge1993TV Movie documentaryHost
The 45th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
Bob Hope: The First 90 Years1993TV Movie documentaryHimself
The 50th Annual Golden Globe Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1990-1992TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
The 49th Annual Golden Globe Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy / Musical
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Favourite Television Series Among Young People
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Nominated: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series & Presenter: Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series
The 42nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series
The Grand Opening of Universal Studios New Theme Park Attraction Gala1990TV MovieHimself
Donahue1990TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 47th Annual Golden Globe Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The Arsenio Hall Show1989TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Heroes: Made in the USA1987TV SeriesHimself - Host (1987)
The Making of 'Poltergeist'1982TV Short documentaryHimself - Interviewee
Greatest Animated Movies2016TV Movie documentaryHimself
2015 TV Land Awards2015TV SpecialHimself
Home & Family2013TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Feherty2012TV SeriesHimself
16th Annual Prism Awards2012TV SpecialHimself
A Cure to War2011Documentary shortNarrator
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1993-2010TV SeriesHimself - Guest

Archive Footage

Chelsea Lately2013TV SeriesZeek Braverman
Cinemassacre's Monster Madness2009TV Series documentarySteve Freeling
They Are Here: The Real World of the Poltergeists2007Video documentary shortSteve Freeling (uncredited)
Femmes Fatales: Sharon Stone1998TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)


Won Awards

2012Prism AwardPrism AwardsMale Performance in a Drama Series Multi-Episode StorylineParenthood (2010)
2010Lifetime Achievement AwardOjai Film Festival
2006Movies for Grownups AwardAARP Movies for Grownups AwardsBest Grownup Love StoryThe Family Stone (2005)
2005VES AwardVisual Effects Society AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Animated Character in an Animated Motion PictureThe Incredibles (2004)
1992Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesCoach (1989)

Nominated Awards

2015Critics' Choice TV AwardCritics Choice Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesParenthood (2010)
2005MTV Movie AwardMTV Movie AwardsBest On-Screen TeamThe Incredibles (2004)
2005Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsOutstanding Actor in a Supporting Role, Comedy or MusicalThe Family Stone (2005)
2004Prism AwardPrism AwardsPerformance in a Drama Series EpisodeThe District (2000)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Series, DramaThe District (2000)
2001TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsActor of the Year in a New SeriesThe District (2000)
1996ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleGhosts of Mississippi (1996)
1995Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalCoach (1989)
1994Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalCoach (1989)
1993Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalCoach (1989)
1993American Television AwardAmerican Television AwardsBest Actor in a Situation ComedyCoach (1989)
1993Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesCoach (1989)
1992Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Comedy or MusicalCoach (1989)
1992Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Actor in a Quality Comedy SeriesCoach (1989)
1991Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesCoach (1989)
1990Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy SeriesCoach (1989)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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