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Craig Theodore Nelson (born Craig Richard Nelson; April 4, 1944) is an American actor.

Personal life

Nelson was born in Spokane, Washingtonmarker to a drummer father. He has a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and attended the University of Arizonamarker and Central Washington Universitymarker, two publicly funded colleges.

During the 1970s and 1980s, Nelson became addicted to alcohol and cocaine. He eventually sought treatment, and has been sober since January 1984.

Nelson is a motorsports fan and an avid racer. He first participated in the 1991 Toyota Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prixmarker 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's self-titled tv show, where he spoke about his dislike of the current state of government. He also announced he would no longer pay taxes, and then wondered "what ever happened to education and firefighters?" (both of which are funded by tax dollars). He went on to state: "I've been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No. No." His self-contradictory comments were mocked by the Huffington Post and The Daily Show.

Nelson's son, Noah, was married to actress Ashley Jones in 2003. They divorced in 2009.


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 four television shows (Coach, Call to Glory, The District, and My Name Is Earl). 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.

His most recent film is 2009's The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, Betty White and Mary Steenburgen.

Nelson portrayed the man who killed Adrian Monk's wife, Trudy, for the 2 part series finale of Monk.


Nelson in 2004


  1. Craig T. Nelson Biography (1944?-)
  2. Craig T. Nelson - Biography
  4. Huffington Post article: " Glenn Beck And Craig T. Nelson Talk About Not Paying Taxes Ever Again, For Some Reason".
  5. The Daily Show season 14, episode 114 (approx 9:40 minute mark).
  6. Craig T. Nelson to Guest on CSI: NY" TV Guide. December 3, 2008. Retrieved on December 5, 2008.

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