Craig Richard Nelson
|Born||September 17, 1947|
Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.
|Education||University of Utah (Bachelor of Arts)|
New York University (Master of Fine Arts)
Craig Richard Nelson (born September 17, 1947) is an American actor in theater, film and television.
Nelson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Mormon. He studied acting at the University of Utah and New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. After graduation, he was cast in the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical Two Gentlemen of Verona.
A casting director saw him in that show and cast him in the film The Paper Chase as a mean-spirited law student. This led to a long career in film and television, including three Robert Altman films, A Wedding, 3 Women, and Quintet as well as a role in the coming-of-age comedy My Bodyguard. He also had a recurring role as drama teacher Mr. Spacek on the 1980s television show Square Pegs.