From humble beginnings in Spokane, Washington, Craig T. Nelson began his career as a talented comedic writer and performer for the “Lohman and Barkley Show.” Although his work earned him an Emmy early on, it wasn’t until many years later that he found success as an actor. That success came at the hand of his close friend, Barry Levinson, who had just written an award worthy satire about the American justice system entitled “…And Justice for All” and wanted Nelson to play a part. Starring Al Pacino, the film put Craig T. in the limelight and helped usher in other minor roles such as “Private Benjamin,” “Stir Crazy,” and “The Formula.”
Then, in 1982, his window of opportunity exploded when Craig took on the leading role of a distressed father in Steven Spielberg’s “Poltergeist.” The film was a huge box office success, inevitably spawning a sequel and a number of high profile roles in “Silkwood,” “The Killing Fields,” and “All the Right Moves.” Yet it was his foray into television that proved most successful, showcasing his versatility and comedic roots. For eight seasons, Nelson starred as Hayden Fox in the Emmy award winning sitcom “Coach.” And he earned critical praise for numerous made-for-TV movies such as “Drug Wars: The Camarena Story,” “The Josephine Baker Story,” and “Dirty Pictures.” Most recently, his work as Police Chief Jack Mannion in “The District” also provided him with the opportunity to produce and direct.
Today, Craig T. Nelson resides in Los Angeles with his wife Doria, their three children, and six grandchildren. His latest endeavor puts him behind the mask of one of the world’s greatest superheroes in Disney/Pixar’s latest animated feature. And I had a brief opportunity to catch up with him to talk about family, his career, and one incredible role.
Get the interview in part two of CRAIG T. NELSON IS MR. INCREDIBLE>>>