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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 4 April 1944Spokane, Washington, USA
Birth NameCraig Theodore Nelson
Nicknames Fish
Coach
Height 6' 3½" (1.92 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Craig T. Nelson was born on April 4, 1944 in Spokane, Washington, USA as Craig Theodore Nelson. He is an actor and producer, known for The Incredibles (2004), Poltergeist (1982) and The Proposal (2009). He has been married to Doria Cook-Nelson since 1987. He was previously married to Robin Nelson.

Spouse (2)

Doria Cook-Nelson (1987 - present)
Robin Nelson (196? - 1978) (divorced) (3 children)

Trivia (14)

He 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.
This 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.
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.
Loves race car driving.
Attended University of Arizona.
Attended Central Washington University.
Father-in-law of Ashley Jones, who plays Bridget Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful (1987).
Is a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do.
Father of Noah Nelson.
Was offered the role of Jay Pritchett for the Pilot in Modern Family but turned it down.
Was an early member of The Groundlings improv comedy troupe.
Formed a comedy team with Barry Levinson and Rudy De Luca early in his career.
Did some Shedd's Spread Country Crock margarine commercials, when not filming "Coach", for screen work. [April 1991]
His 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.

Personal Quotes (1)

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

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