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

Craig Richard Nelson
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Born (1947-09-17) September 17, 1947 (age 71)
EducationUniversity of Utah (BA)
New York University (MFA)
Years active1973–1998


Life and careerEdit

Nelson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is of the Mormon faith[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 Oscar-winning 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] and a role in the coming-of-age comedy My Bodyguard,[1] as well as a reoccurring role as drama teacher Mr. Spacek on the 1980s television show Square Pegs.





  1. ^ a b c d e f "Craig Richard Nelson". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Biographies: Latter-day Saint and/or Utah Film Personalities: N".

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