Craig T. Nelson is a Primetime Emmy Award-winning actor for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. He is well-known for his 1989 American sitcom tv series, “Coach,” where he portrayed the role of Hayden Fox.

Nelson has further played critical roles in the movie “Action Jackson,” “The Devil’s Advocate,” “My Name is Earl,” and many more. He is also a talented voice actor who has voiced the lead character, Mr. Incredible, in the animated super-hero film, “The Incredibles.”

Quick Info
Birth Name
Craig Theodore Nelson
Nick Name
Craig T. Nelson
Birth Date
4th April 1944
Birth Place
Spokane, Washington, United States
Current City
Thousand Oaks, California
Robin Nelson
Dayle Cole
Lewis and Clark High School
Central Washington University (Dismissed)
Yakima Valley College (Drop out)
University of Arizona(Drop out)
Zodiac Sign
1.92 meters
6 feet 3 inches
78 kg
171 lbs
Robin Nelson (1965-1978)
Doria Cook-Nelson (1987-Present)
Noah Nelson, Christopher Nelson,
and Tiffany Nelson (From first wife)
Social Media
Net Worth$20-$60 million


Bio & Nationality

Craig T. Nelson was born on 4th April 1944, in Spokane, Washington, United States. His birth name is Craig Theodore Nelson, and he was born to Armand Gilbert Nelson and Vera Margaret. Nelson was raised in a wealthy household as his father was a businessman and her mother was a dancer. He has a sister named Dayle Cole.

Nelson possesses American nationality and belongs to the white ethnicity. He has the birth sign, Aries.

Craig T. Nelson playing Golf in 2017
Craig T. Nelson playing Golf in 2017 Source: Getty Images

Physical Statistics

Craig T. Nelson is 78 years old as of 2022. Despite his old age, Nelson is healthy and has been actively present in the entertainment industry. He has a towering height of 1.92 meters tall, about 6 feet 3 inches tall, and weighs 78 kg or 171 lbs.

Nelson possesses blue eyes and grey hair. There is no further information regarding his body measurements. Apart from that, he has a straight sexual orientation.

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Craig T. Nelson was educated at Lewis and Clark High School in Washington. He was an active sportsperson while in high school and used to play basketball, baseball, and football.

Nelson then joined Central Washington University but was dismissed after he failed to reach the required standard of the university. He then joined Yakima Valley College, but Nelson decided to attend the University of Arizona after his new interest in acting. He was on scholarship and took a drama major, but he again left the university to officially debut acting.


Craig T. Nelson’s wife

Craig T. Nelson has been married twice. He was previously married to Robin Nelson on 12th June 1965. They have three children, namely Noah NelsonChristopher Nelson, and Tiffany Nelson. Unfortunately, the couple got divorced in 1978.

Craig T. Nelson and Doria Cook-Nelson at 2018 The Incredibles World Premiere
Craig T. Nelson and Doria Cook-Nelson at 2018 The Incredibles World Premiere Source: Getty Images

Nelson tied his knot for the second time to a former actress, Doria Cook-Nelson. She is a president of martial arts and professional karate and tai chi teacher.

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Craig T. Nelson Politics

Nelson has a strong view of politics. He confessed to Glenn Beck on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” that he has lived a hard life providing food for himself even after making his acting debut. Nelson confessed that he was on welfare and used food stamps, and now he won’t be paying taxes anymore.


Social media account

Craig T. Nelson doesn’t fancy social media, but he opened his Twitter account in 2011 due to fans’ requests. He has accumulated over 1 thousand followers on Twitter despite his absence since 2011.


Craig T. Nelson movies and tv shows

Nelson made his acting debut in 1971 with the film ‘The Return of Count Yorga” and his television debut after two years in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” With several smaller roles, Nelson landed his first recurring role in the 1982 series “Chicago Dolls” and “Call to Glory” in 1984. In 1982, he portrayed the role of Steve Freeling in the supernatural horror film “Poltergeist.”

Craig T. Nelson at Coach
Craig T. Nelson at Coach Source: Fan Instagram

Nelson received critical fame in the 1989 series “Coach,” which gained him a Primetime Emmy Award, including two more Emmy nominations and three Golden Globe nominations. Some of his major performance in movies and tv shows includes “The District,” “The Incredibles,” “The Family Stone,” “Parenthood,” and others. Nelson plays a recurring role in the series “Young Sheldon” as Dale Ballard.


Where is Craig T. Nelson now?

Craig T. Nelson currently resides in Thousand Oaks, California. Even though he keeps a low profile, Nelson has actively participated in new movies and tv series.

Nelson has an estimated net worth ranging from $20 to $60 million as 2022. He is leading a successful and luxurious life and almost became homeless once.


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