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Craig T. Nelson

Nelson at the June 2009 premiere for The Proposal
Born Craig Richard Nelson
April 4, 1944 (1944-04-04) (age 65)
Spokane, Washington, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1971–present
Spouse(s) Doria Cook (1987–present)
Robin Nelson (div. 1978)

Craig Theodore Nelson (born Craig Richard Nelson; April 4, 1944) is an American actor. He is best known for playing Coach Hayden Fox on the TV series Coach.


Personal life

Nelson was born in Spokane, Washington to a drummer father.[1] He has a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do and attended the University of Arizona and Central Washington University, two publicly funded colleges.[2]

During the 1970s and 1980s, Nelson became addicted to alcohol and cocaine. He eventually sought treatment, and has been sober since January 1984.[3]

Nelson is a motorsports fan and an avid racer. He first participated in the 1991 Toyota Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix 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).[4] He went on to state: "I've been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No. No."[4] His comments were mocked by the Huffington Post and The Daily Show.[4][5]

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


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.[6]

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


Nelson in 2004

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