Craig T. Nelson
actor, director, producer, screenwriter
Craig T. Nelson
Biography
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Birthday
04 April 1944
home town
Spokamsterdam, Nethertons
Career Highlights
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Craig t. nelson
Alternative names
Nelson, Craig Richard
Birth name
Craig Richard Nelson
Active years end year
1971z
Alma mater
Central Washington University
Known for
Coach
Relationships
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Doria Cook-Nelson
Married
1987
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Nominees for the Critics Choice Television Awards include “24: Live Another Day” and many more
Hollywood News - over 1 year
Yesterday, the nominations for the 5th annual Critics Choice Television Awards were announced. The sister group to the Critics Choice Movie Awards, this is what could be looked at as a bit of an Emmy Awards precursor, if you will. I’m not exactly an expert when it comes to TV and this awards season (it’s mostly film or bust for me in that regard), but I watch a handful of shows and follow along with the race. Not enough to accurately do predictions, mind you, but I did think this nomination announcement was worthy of a mention. As such, today we have the list of Critics Choice nominees, which I’ll be revealing to you shortly. Among the titles that fared best this year with the nominations, we have Justified lead the way with five nominations. Following that, we have The Americans, The Good Wife, and Transparent with four apiece. Also doing quite well were 24: Live Another Day, Empire, The Leftovers, and Mom, just to name a few of the various titles that showed up here. It seems like t ...
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ABC Wanted Very Different Cast For 'Modern Family' According To E! Special (VIDEO)
Huffington Post - about 3 years
E! took viewers behind the scenes of "Modern Family" with a special presentation. There were interviews with the cast, and a few interesting secrets about the show. One of those was that ABC wasn't all too happy with that cast in the beginning. While it's been widely reported that the network wanted Craig T. Nelson over Ed O'Neill, that's just the tip of the iceberg. ABC originally passed on Ty Burrell and was pursuing Matt LeBlanc for his role. Julie Bowen wasn't even being considered for the show because she was very pregnant at the time. In fact, Kristen Johnston and Lisa Kudrow were in the running, which would have made for a very unusual weekly "Friends" reunion. The network also originally wanted Jesse Tyler Ferguson to play the more flamboyant Cam, rather than buttoned-down Mitchell. Luckily, though, they didn't get their way. Instead they got a critical darling, a ratings smash, and a cast that's winning tons of awards, and getting nominated for even more. And that cast has g ...
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Ed O'Neill On Almost Losing 'Modern Family' To Craig T. Nelson
The Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Modern Family" patriarch Ed O'Neill wasn't the show's first choice, "Parenthood's" Craig T. Nelson was originally offered the role of Jay Pritchett. "When I read it I thought, 'Oh boy, this is pretty good,'" O'Neill told E! Online. "And I called my manager and he said, 'Well, they're out to Craig T. Nelson.'" Casting director Jeff Greenberg said it came down to Nelson and O'Neill, but the offer ultimately went to Nelson. "And so the first offer went out to Craig and we couldn't make a deal," Greenberg said. "He wanted to do it, but financially we were just too apart." Read More... More on Reality-Free
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'Parenthood' team: Is NBC supportive enough?
Entertainment Weekly - over 3 years
At Press Tour, Craig T. Nelson and boss Jason Katims weigh in on network treatment
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'Parenthood' cast addresses NBC support at TCA
Yahoo News - over 3 years
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — It got a little awkward during NBC's "Parenthood" panel at the Television Critics Association summer press tour when Craig T. Nelson was asked about whether he regrets making recent comments about the network not supporting the show.
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Matt Lauria Returning for Parenthood's Fifth Season
Seattle Pi - over 3 years
On the NBC series, Lauria plays Army vet Ryan, a friend of Zeek's (Craig T. Nelson) who began dating Amber (Mae Whitman) early in Season 4. After taking some time apart, the fan-favorite couple appeared headed for a reconciliation in the season finale. Last season, executive producer Jason Katims admitted that he initially didn't expect Ryan to stick around so long.
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Another Season!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Parenthood has been renewed" for Season 5! NBC has officially renewed the beloved drama starring Lauren Graham, Dax Shepard, Peter Krause, Monica Potter, Craig T. Nelson and more for a fifth season. "Parenthood" consistently saw strong ratings during Season 4, with its premiere bringing in 5.48 million viewers in September and the finale racking 4.87 million in January. Season 5 received a 22-episode order, up seven episodes from last year. Mae Whitman, who plays Amber on the series, tweeted about the renewal on Friday afternoon. da bravermans aint goin NOWHERE- extremely psyched about a fifth season pick up for PARENTHOOD! — mae whitman (@maebirdwing) April 26, 2013 "Everybody at the network has been so positive about the show and I think that they are fans of the show themselves and they really, creatively, loved the direction it went this year, so that’s really good," Katims said at Paleyfest in March. "I also know that the ratings are not what anybody w ...
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The 'Parenthood' Cast Could Not Be Cuter
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Get ready to hear the "Parenthood" theme song like you've never heard it before! When the cast of NBC's emotional drama gathered at PaleyFest to talk about the series, Glamour.com challenged Monica Potter (Kristina), Peter Krause (Adam), Craig T. Nelson (Zeek), Sam Jaeger (Joel), Jason Ritter (Mark), Mae Whitman (Amber), Miles Heizer (Drew) and Xolo Mariduena (Victor) to sing the show's theme song, Bob Dylan's "Forever Young." Watch the adorableness that ensued above and click back over to Glamour for more from the "Parenthood" cast.
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Craig T. Nelson Blasts NBC's Treatment Of 'Parenthood'
Huffington Post - over 3 years
On "Parenthood," Craig T. Nelson plays the Braverman patriarch and the actor is defending his clan and the show against its network NBC. "There are all these people responding to our show and NBC is completely out of it," Nelson told ET. "They don't promo the show, you don't see anything about it out there. It's like this hidden gem, but why are they ashamed of it?" "Parenthood," the perennial bubble show, hasn't been a ratings hit -- though its numbers did grow in its most recent fourth season. But the show has earned very devout fans, who, year-after-year worry their favorite series will come to end. "We should be doing more episodes. Full seasons," Nelson added to ET. "I don't understand whatever the agenda is behind the scenes. It's very confusing. Having been around as long as I have and been on a couple of shows -- one of which I ran -- it doesn't make sense to me." Thanks to the higher ratings and the new-found energy behind the show (largely due to a cance ...
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Hawaii’s proposed Steven Tyler Act protects stars from paparazzi
San Francisco Chronicle - almost 4 years
Hawaii’s proposed Steven Tyler Act protects stars from paparazzi There's a reason many celebrities love — and often buy a house in — Hawai'i beyond the ones most of us share: Generally, locals and most visitors leave them alone. (Ask Craig T. Nelson how cool I was when we were shopping together on Kaua'i that one time....) But according to state Sen. Kalani J. English, the paparazzi are another issue — and not just of People magazine.
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Letters to the Editor
The Portland Mercury - about 4 years
This house is clean. NEEDS MORE ARCHITECTURE RE: "Overstimulated" [Feature, Oct 4], an overview of design-related events happening across the city. DEAR MERCURY—Got very excited... "ARCHITECTURE" mentioned on the front cover! I searched... dismay... couldn't find it inside. Did I miss something in my frenetic, adrenalin- enhanced examination of your pages? Or did you miss yet another opportunity to become the first and only voice in the Portland press to engage with this crucial public art? -Clive R. Knights, Chair of Architecture, PSU BIEBER: MESSENGER OF GOD RE: Up & Coming [Oct 4], in which author Wm. Steven Humphrey forsakes his former pop idol Justin Bieber in favor of concert opener Carly Rae Jepsen... and then forsakes her too, for being "popular and old." GREETINGS, MR. HUMPHREY—I'm writing to express great disgust at your remarks on the Portland Mercury website. In so far as Justin is concerned, I may only ...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Craig T. Nelson
1944
Born on April 4, 1944.
1973
In 1973, Nelson left the comedy world, explaining "the standup comedy life was pretty unfulfilling for me" and he settled in Mount Shasta where there was no electricity and no running water; "it was contentment, The Waltons, he said.
Nelson had different jobs during that time including janitor, plumber, carpenter, surveyor, and teacher. He returned to acting five years later.
1979
He was featured as a prosecuting attorney who opposes Al Pacino in the 1979 film And Justice for All, co-written by Levinson.
1983
In 1983, Nelson appeared in Silkwood, directed by Mike Nichols and starring Meryl Streep, as the high school football coach of Tom Cruise in the drama All the Right Moves and as one of the stars of director Sam Peckinpah's final film, The Osterman Weekend.
He has appeared in many other 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).
1989
Coach ran from 1989 to 1997, with Nelson starring as college football coach Hayden Fox.
2004
He voiced Mr. Incredible in the 2004 animated film The Incredibles.
He then reprised the role again in the video game, Kinect Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure and Disney Infinity. 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.
2009
His most recent films include 2009's The Proposal as Ryan Reynolds' skeptical father and 2010's The Company Men as a greedy CEO.
2010
From 2010 to 2015, he starred in the television show Parenthood as Zeek Braverman, the family patriarch.
Nelson stated in an interview with Glenn Beck that he had been on welfare and collected food stamps. "I've been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No. No." Nelson has three children from his previous marriage to Robin McCarthy: Tiffany, Chris and Noah. Chris is a science fiction writer. Noah is also a writer; he wrote for The District and CSI: NY. His second wife Doria Cook-Nelson is a freelance writer, president of a martial arts association, karate instructor, tai chi teacher and former film and television actress who had a featured role in the movie musical Mame. Nelson is a motorsports fan and an avid racer. He first participated in the 1991 Toyota Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix and finished third. In 1994, Craig founded Screaming Eagles Racing with John Christie and entered and drove a Toyota-engined Spice SE90 in the IMSA 1994 WSC, a Lexus-engined Spice SE90 in 1995 and a Ford-engined Riley & Scott MkIII in the 1996 and 1997 championships.
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