Emmy Award-winner Craig T. Nelson portrays Zeek Braverman, the gregarious patriarch of the Braverman family.
Nelson is a man of many talents... actor, writer, director, and
producer. He recently appeared in the feature "The Company Men,"
written and directed by John Wells.
Nelson starred as Jack Mannion on "The District," a drama that
was inspired by the experiences of real-life police crime fighter Jack
Maple. Mannion was an equal opportunity antagonist and champion of the
underdog, who became the new Police Chief of Washington, D.C., a city in
desperate need of a shakedown. "The District" aired for four seasons,
2000-2004. Nelson also served as co-executive producer and directed
In 1997, he completed his eighth and final season on "Coach,"
starring as Hayden Fox. He directed numerous episodes and received
three Emmy nominations: 1990, 1991 and 1992 for Outstanding Lead Actor
in a Comedy Series, which led to a win for the 1991-1992 season. He has
also been honored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with four
Golden Globe nominations.
Upon completion of his successful series "Coach," Nelson had a chance
to vary his projects, including making 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. The show played to rave
reviews during its limited run.
Nelson was born in Spokane, Wash., 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 L.A.
In 2004 audiences got to "hear" a new side of the man. He voiced Bob
Paar, or as he was known in his superhero days, Mr. Incredible, in the
Oscar winning Walt Disney Picture/Pixar Animation Studios "The
Nelson's 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 became enthralled with the art of auto racing as a participant
in the 1991 Toyota Pro Celebrity Grand Prix. He came in third and was
hooked. He formed Screaming Eagles Racing Enterprise in the spring of
1992 and not only owned the team, but drove as well. The team competed
in the American City Racing League and the International Motor Sports
Association's World Sports Car series. Nelson raced in the Porsche
Super Cup Series, May 1994, Monte Carlo, Monaco. The team was disbanded
in 1998. The following year he was a guest driver, in a Corvette, in
the 100 BF Goodrich Tires Trans Am Series Race at Toyota Grand Prix of
Long Beach, and in the Tenneco Detroit Grand Prix.