Craig Theodore Nelson was born on 4 April 1944, in Spokane, Washington, USA. He is an actor, best known for being a part of the television series “Coach” as the character Hayden Fox. He’s also known from films such as “Stir Crazy” and “Poltergeist”. All his efforts have helped put his net worth to where it is today.
How rich is Craig T. Nelson? As of mid-2016, sources estimate a net worth that is at $20 million, mostly earned through a successful career in acting. Aside from film and television, he’s also known to do voice acting, and has made appearances in music videos, as well as performing on stage, and all of these have ensured the current position of his wealth.
Craig T. Nelson Net Worth $20 Million Dollars
During high school, Craig’s aspirations were far from acting, as he focused more on playing football and baseball. After matriculating, he attended Central Washington University to study criminology. He eventually dropped out and attended Yakima Valley Community College where he studied English literature. This was also short lived, and soon he travelled to Switzerland to study communications for a semester. Afterwards, he went back and attended the University of Arizona on a drama scholarship, but there’s no record of himactually graduating. After school, he worked as a security guard while studying acting at night.
Nelson found popularity as a comedian, and started working mainly with “The Groundlings”, the group of comedians consisting of himself, Rudy De Luca and Barry Levinson. After a few years he eventually became tired of doing stand-up comedy as it felt unfulfilling for him. He did a variety of jobs for the next five years, including working as a janitor, carpenter, and teacher.
Nelson began appearing in films in the 1970s, and eventually found popularity when he played the prosecuting attorney in the film “…And Justice for All” which starred Al Pacino, and soon he would gain more opportunities such as “Silkwood” alongside Meryl Streep. He was also part of the film “All the Right Moves” portraying the football coach of Tom Cruise’s character. He then starred in Sam Peckinpah’s final film entitled “The Osterman Weekend”, but continued to make films including the very popular “Poltergeist” series, and also had regular roles in television shows, appearing in “Call to Glory”, “Parenthood”, “My Name is Earl”, “The District” and especially “Coach”, in which he played the titular college football coach for the entire run of the series which aired from 1989 to 1997.
Aside from these, Craig voiced the character Mr. Incredible for the animated film “The Incredibles”, and would continue to voice the character for video games such as “Disney Infinity” and “Kineckt Rush: A Disney-Pixar Adventure”. He also made an appearance in the song “We Shall Be Free” by Garth Brooks, and then became a guest in “CSI: NY” for three episodes. A few of his most recent projects include “The Company Men”, and “The Proposal” starring Ryan Reynolds.
For his personal life, it is known that he was married to Robin McCarthy(1965-78) and they had three children, two of whom became writers. He then married Doria Cook-Nelson in 1987, who’s also a writer as well as a martial arts instructor featured in the film “Mame”. Nelson is also known to collect food stamps and engage in motorsports, having participated in several races over the years.
Wanted to be a Hydroplane racer before he became an actor. His dad doubted this and said it would be an impossible feat, like becoming an actor.
This strapping American Everyman endeared himself to movie audiences as the besieged patriarch in Poltergeist (1982), his first substantial film role. A former radio performer and stand-up comic whose pals included writer-director Barry Levinson.
He had to add the "T" as a middle initial to avoid confusion with the actor, Craig Richard Nelson, who had registered his name first with the Screen Actors Guild.
[on Government Aid] I've been on food stamps and welfare, did anyone help me out? No.