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CRAIG T. NELSON (Joe Paxton) is an actor, writer, director and producer. Recently, television audiences have seen him in a three-episode arc on the small screen on CBS's "CSI: NY” starring as a powerful publishing magnate.

In 2004 audiences got to "hear” a new side of the man. He voiced Bob Paar, or as he was known in his superhero days, Mr. Incredible, in the Oscar®-winning "The Incredibles.” The film is a DVD bestseller.

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. "The District” aired for four seasons, 2000-2004. Nelson also served as co-executive producer and directed 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, 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.”

Nelson guest starred on "My Name Is Earl” (four episodes), "The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and "Private Benjamin,” and starred in ABC-TV's critically acclaimed series "Call to Glory,” for which he also directed its final episode. His television movies include Showtime's award-winning "Dirty Pictures,” "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 "The Josephine Baker Story.” Miniseries include "To Serve and Protect” and "Creature.” He co-hosted with Paula Zahn the special, "The Ultimate Driving Challenge.”

Nelson formed Family Tree Productions to develop and produce motion picture and television projects. A special project was "Ride with the Wind,” an ABC Movie of the Week. The story revolves around a young boy and it is one of hope, discovery and recovery. It was scripted by Nelson, who also served as executive producer under the banner of his Family Tree Productions, in association with Hearst Entertainment.

Feature-film credits include: "Blades of Glory” with Will Ferrell; "The Family Stone” with Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton; "The Skulls”; "All Over Again”; "Devil's Advocate,” in which he co-starred with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves; "Ghosts of Mississippi” with Whoopi Goldberg, directed by Rob Reiner; "I'm Not Rappaport,” co-starring Walter Matthau and Ossie Davis; "Poltergeist I” and "Poltergeist II - The Other Side” (he contributed to the screenplay); "Action Jackson”; "The Killing Fields”; "Silkwood”; and "The Osterman Weekend.”

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