Craig Richard Nelson
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Born (1947-09-17) September 17, 1947 (age 74)
EducationUniversity of Utah (Bachelor of Arts)
New York University (Master of Fine Arts)
Years active1973–1998

Craig Richard Nelson (born September 17, 1947) is an American actor in theater, film and television.[1]

Life and career

Nelson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and grew up as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.[2] 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[1] as a mean-spirited law student. This led to a long career in film and television, including three Robert Altman films, A Wedding,[1] 3 Women,[1] and Quintet[1] as well as a role in the coming-of-age comedy My Bodyguard.[1] He also had a recurring role as drama teacher Mr. Spacek on the 1980s television show Square Pegs.





  1. ^ a b c d e f "Craig Richard Nelson". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Baseline & All Movie Guide. 2016. Archived from the original on 2016-03-25.
  2. ^ "Biographies: Latter-day Saint and/or Utah Film Personalities: N".