Fast Facts

  • Father was a drummer in Bing Crosby's band.
  • Started his entertainment career as a comedy writer and stand-up comic; for a time, his writing partner was future director Barry Levinson.
  • Quit show business for four and a half years to live in Northern California and raise a family.
  • Used his middle initial to differentiate himself from another Craig Nelson in show business.
  • Is an avid golfer and played in the 2011 Pebble Beach Pro-Am tournament.
  • Owns an auto-racing team called the Screaming Eagles.

Awards

  • 1991, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 1992, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1994, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1995, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1992, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Winner
  • 1990, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Nominee
  • 2015, Critics' Choice Television Awards — Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 1993, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Christopher Nelson — Son
  • Robin Nelson — Ex-wife
  • Noah Nelson — Son
  • Tiffany Nelson — Daughter
  • Doria Cook-Nelson — Wife

College

  • Attended Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA; attended Yakima Valley Community College, Yakima, WA; Univeristy of Arizona, Tucson, AZ (1969)

Details

  • Birth Place: Spokane, WA
  • Birthday: April 4, 1944, Aries
  • Profession: Actor, Producer, Voice-overs, Director
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