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Craig T. Nelson | Zeek Braverman
Nelson is a man of many talents... actor, writer, director and producer. He starred as Jack Mannion on "The District," a drama that was inspired by the experiences of real-life police crime fighter Jack Maple. An equal opportunity antagonist and champion of the underdog, Mannion became the new Police Chief of Washington, D.C., a city in desperate need of a shakedown. "The District" aired for four seasons from 2000 - 2004. Nelson also served as co-executive producer and occasional director.
In 1997, he completed his eighth and final season on "Coach," starring as Hayden Fox. He directed numerous episodes and received Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series in 1990, 1991 and 1992, leading to a win for the 1991 - 1992 season. He has also been honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with four Golden Globe nominations.
Upon completion of his successful series "Coach," Nelson had a chance to vary his projects, including making his Broadway debut as Nat Miller in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!" at the Vivian Beaumont Theater/Lincoln Center in the spring of 1998. The show played to rave reviews during its limited run.
Nelson was born in Spokane, Washington, on April 4. Exhibiting a keen interest in music, he played drums and guitar through high school and college. He attended the University of Arizona and studied at the Oxford Theater in Los Angeles.
He began his career as a writer/performer on the "Lohman and Barkley Show," and his talent as a writer garnered him a Los Angeles Emmy Award for the show. Nelson's writing credits include "The Alan King Special" and "The Tim Conway Show."
Nelson's guest-star appearances include the series finale of "Monk," a three-episode arc on "CSI: NY," four episodes of "My Name Is Earl," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "Private Benjamin." He starred in the critically acclaimed series "Call to Glory" and directed its final episode. His television movies include Showtime's award-winning "Dirty Pictures," NBC's "Take Me Home Again" with Kirk Douglas, "Rage," "Toast of Manhattan," "Alex: The Life of a Child," "The Switch," "The Fire Next Time" and HBO's "The Josephine Baker Story."
His miniseries credits include NBC's "To Serve and Protect" and "Creature," and he co-hosted the television special "The Ultimate Driving Challenge" with Paula Zahn. When one adds writing, directing and producing to his list of credits, it's no mystery why he formed Family Tree Productions to develop and produce motion picture and television projects.
A special project for Nelson was the television movie "Ride with the Wind." The story revolves around a young boy, and it is one of hope, discovery and recovery. It was scripted by Nelson, who also served as executive producer under the banner of his Family Tree Productions, in association with Hearst Entertainment.
In 2004, audiences got to "hear" a new side of the man. He voiced Bob Parr, or as he was known in his superhero days, Mr. Incredible, in the Oscar-winning Walt Disney Pictures/Pixar Animation Studios movie and DVD bestseller, "The Incredibles."
Nelson's feature film credits include "The Company Men" written and directed by John Wells, starring Tommy Lee Jones, Ben Affleck and Kevin Costner; "The Proposal" with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds; "Blades of Glory" with Will Ferrell; "The Family Stone" with Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton; "The Skulls"; "All Over Again"; "Devil's Advocate," in which he co-starred with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves; "Ghosts of Mississippi" with Whoopi Goldberg and directed by Rob Reiner; "I'm Not Rappaport" co-starring Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis; "Poltergeist I" and "Poltergeist II - The Other Side," to which he contributed to the screenplay; "Action Jackson"; "The Killing Fields"; "Silkwood"; and "The Osterman Weekend."
After coming in third place in the 1991 Toyota Pro Celebrity Grand Prix, Nelson became enthralled with the art of auto racing. In the spring of 1992, he formed and drove for Screaming Eagles Racing Enterprise, which competed in the American City Racing League and the International Motor Sports Association's World Sports Car series. Nelson also raced in the Porsche Super Cup Series, held May 1994 in Monte Carlo, Monaco. The team was disbanded in 1998. The following year he was a guest driver in a Corvette in the 100 BF Goodrich Tires Trans Am Series Race at Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and in the Tenneco Detroit Grand Prix.
In addition to his love of show business, music and auto racing, Nelson's passion for golf is also well-documented. He was a champion amateur golfer in high school and has been known to shoot in the low 70s. In the December 2007 issue of Golf Digest, he was ranked 4th out of 100 TV and film stars.
Nelson has three children, eight grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. He and his wife Doria make their home in Los Angeles.