- Age: 75
- Birth Place: Spokane, Washington, U.S.
- Height: 1.92 m
- Marital Status: divorced
- Full Name: Craig Richard Nelson
- Nationality: American
- Date of Birth: April 4, 1944
- Occupation: Actor
- Children: 1
Craig was born on April 4th, 1944 in Spokane. He is a fan of motorsports and is also into racing. He has appeared in many motion pictures such as the Poltergeist series. Some of the productions where he has featured prominently include Flesh Gordon, Private Benjamin, Poltergeist, Poltergeist II: The Other Side, The Osterman Weekend, Born on the Fourth of July, Ghosts of Mississippi, Dirty Pictures, The Incredibles, Blades of Glory, and many others.
He has appeared in television shows such as Call to Glory, My name is Earl, The District, and Coach. Coach ran from 1989 to 1997. Nelson played the role of a college football coach Hayden Fox. In the 1990s, he made a guest appearance in the music video for the singer Garth Brooks. He also made a three episode guest appearance on CSI: NY and worked in “The Proposal” and “The Company Men”.
He first participated in the 1991 Toyota Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix. He finished third in the race. Craig Nelson founded Screaming Eagles Racing in 1994. He entered and drove a Toyota engined Spice SE90 the same year. He also plays golf, and he is a member at the Sherwood Country Club in Thousand Oaks, CA. Nelson’s son Noah, was married to the actress Ashley Jones in 2003. However they divorced in 2009.