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The multi-talented CRAIG T. NELSON (Coach) starred recently with Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton in Fox's "The Family Stone,” portraying the Stone patriarch in this romantic comedy revolving around the annual holiday gathering of a bohemian family. In 2004 audiences got to "hear” a new side of the man. He voiced Bob Parr or, as he was known in his superhero days, Mr. Incredible, in the Oscar®-winning and DVD bestseller Walt Disney Pictures/ Pixar Animation Studios' "The Incredibles.”

Nelson starred as Jack Mannion on CBS-TV's "The District,” a drama that was inspired by the experiences of real-life police crime fighter Jack Maple. Mannion was an equal opportunity antagonist and champion of the underdog who became the new Police Chief of Washington, D.C., a city in desperate need of a shakedown. "The District” aired for four seasons, 2000-2004, and Nelson also served as co-executive producer and directed multiple episodes.

In 1997, he completed his eighth and final season on "Coach,” starring as Hayden Fox. He directed numerous episodes and received three Emmy nominations: 1990, 1991 and 1992 for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which led to a win for the 1991-1992 season. He has also been honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with four Golden Globe nominations.

Upon completion of his successful series "Coach,” Nelson had a chance to vary his projects, including making his Broadway debut as Nat Miller in Eugene O'Neill's "Ah, Wilderness!” at the Vivian Beaumont Theater/Lincoln Center, in the spring of 1998. The show played to rave reviews during its limited run.

Nelson was born in Spokane, Washington, on April 4. He has always been interested in music, playing drums and guitar through high school and college. He attended the University of Arizona and studied at the Oxford Theater in Los Angeles.

Beginning his career as a writer/performer on the "Lohman and Barkley Show,” his talent as a writer garnered him a Los Angeles Emmy Award for the show. Nelson's writing credits include "The Alan King Special” and "The Tim Conway Show.” He guested on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and "Private Benjamin,” and starred in ABC- TV's critically acclaimed series "Call to Glory,” directing its final episode.

His television movies include Showtime's award-winning "Dirty Pictures,” NBC's "Take Me Home Again” with Kirk Douglas , "Rage,” "Toast of Manhattan,” "Alex: The Life of a Child,” CBS's "The Switch” and "The Fire Next Time” and HBO's "The Josephine Baker Story.” Mini-series include NBC's "To Serve and Protect” and ABC's "Creature.” He also co-hosted with Paula Zahn on the CBS special "The Ultimate Driving Challenge.”

Combining his talent for writing, directing, producing and performing, Nelson formed Family Tree Productions to develop and produce motion picture and television projects, including "Ride with the Wind.” The ABC movie of the week was scripted by Nelson, who also served as executive producer. Craig T. Nelson/Family Tree Productions acquired the rights to several projects, including that of the life and times of five-time land speed record holder Craig Breedlove, with Nelson planning to pen and executive-produce the project.

His additional feature film credits include: "The Skulls,” "All Over Again,” "Devil's Advocate,” "Ghosts of Mississippi,” "I'm Not Rappaport,” "Poltergeist " and "Poltergeist II - The Other Side” (he contributed to the screenplay), "Action Jackson,” "The Killing Fields,” "Silkwood” and "The Osterman Weekend.”

Outside of show business, Nelson is also an accomplished race car driver and avid, champion golfer. Nelson has three children and six grandchildren. He and his wife, Doria, make their home in Los Angeles.

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