Craig T. Nelson is a man of many talents... actor, writer, director, and producer. He plays the role of 'Zeek Braverman,' the patriarch of the very large and colorful Braverman family on NBC's series Parenthood.
In 1997, he completed his final season on "Coach." He directed numerous episodes and received three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series, which he won in 1992. He has also been honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with four Golden Globe nominations. Upon completion "Coach," Nelson made 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.
Nelson starred as 'Jack Mannion' on CBS-TV's "The District," serving as Co-Executive Producer and directing several episodes. Nelson's telvision guest star appearances include: a three-episode arc on CBS's "CSI:NY," four episodes of "My Name is Earl," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and "Private Benjamin." His television movies include "Dirty Pictures," "Take Me Home Again", "Rage," "Toast of Manhattan," "Alex: The Life of a Child," "The Switch," "The Fire Next Time," and "The Josephine Baker Story." Mini-series include: "To Serve and Protect" and "Creature," He co-hosted with Paula Zahn on the CBS special, "The Ultimate Driving Challenge."
Feature film credits include: The Proposal with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds, 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.
Nelson created Family Tree Productions to develop and produce motion picture and television projects. A special project for Nelson was "Ride With The Wind," an ABC Movie of the Week.
He became enthralled with the art of auto racing as a participant in the 1991 Toyota Pro Celebrity Grand Prix. He formed Screaming Eagles Racing Enterprise in the spring of 1992 and not only owned the team, but drove as well. Besides his love of show business, music and auto racing, Nelson's also passionate about golf. He was a champion amateur golfer in high school and has been known to shoot in the low 70's. In the December 2007 issue of Golf Digest he placed 4th out of the 100 TV and film stars they ranked.
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 LA. Nelson has three children and six grandchildren. He and his wife, Doria make their home in Los Angeles.