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Craig Richard Nelson

Highest Rated: 94% 3 Women (1977)

Lowest Rated: 20% Quintet (1979)

Birthday: Sep 17, 1947

Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

Craig Richard Nelson (not to be confused with Craig T. Nelson) is a character actor who jumped from Broadway into two substantial film roles at the start of his on-screen career. In 1973, he was cast as law student Willis Bell in the drama "The Paper Chase," for which John Houseman--as bow-tied law professor Charles Kingsfield Jr.--received an Oscar. That same year, Nelson had a supporting role in the ABC Movie of the Week, the sports drama "Blood Sport," starring Larry Hagman and Gary Busey. Following a few smaller parts, Nelson hit something of an early career peak, landing roles in three successive Robert Altman films: in 1977, he played Dr. Maas in the drama "3 Women" (with Shelly Duvall and Sissy Spacek), followed by a smaller role in the comedy "A Wedding" (with Carol Burnett and Geraldine Chaplin, among others) in 1978, and then a role as Redstone in the Paul Newman-starring sci-fi mystery, "Quintet." After that heightened period, however, Nelson's film work quickly dissipated, though he did have a small supporting part in the revenge-against-bullies classic "My Bodyguard" in 1980. On TV, Nelson had 25 years of steady if not particularly trenchant work, appearing on single episodes of everything from the sitcom "What's Happening!!" to the legal drama "L.A. Law" to the mystery "Murder, She Wrote." In 1982, he appeared on three episodes of the Sarah Jessica Parker-starring sitcom "Square Pegs," also directing an episode the following year.

Highest rated movies

3 Women
The Paper Chase
My Bodyguard



No Score Yet No Score Yet Betrayed by Innocence Warren Berman (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet No Score Yet Jailbait Warren Berman (Character) - 1986
No Score Yet 26% A Small Circle of Friends Harry Norris (Character) - 1980
81% 69% My Bodyguard Griffith (Character) - 1980
20% 38% Quintet Redstone (Character) - 1979
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Grass Is Always Greener Over the Septic Tank Hal Watson (Character) - 1978
94% 86% 3 Women Dr. Maas (Character) - 1977
83% 72% The Paper Chase Willis Bell (Character) - 1973
No Score Yet No Score Yet Bloodsport Michael Braun (Character) - 1973


76% 76% Star Trek: Voyager Vaskan Arbiter (Guest Star) 1998
No Score Yet 73% Home Improvement Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet 100% Grace Under Fire Unknown (Guest Star) 1997
No Score Yet No Score Yet High Incident Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
No Score Yet 66% Murder, She Wrote Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 100% Wings Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
No Score Yet 85% Quantum Leap The Director (Guest Star) 1992
92% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Inspector Krag (Guest Star) 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Tracey Ullman Show Unknown (Guest Star) 1987
No Score Yet 82% Amazing Stories Unknown (Character) 1987
No Score Yet 87% The Golden Girls Mr. Thurber (Guest Star) 1986
81% No Score Yet Square Pegs Unknown (Guest Star),
No Score Yet 100% Barney Miller Arnold Moraz - Life Insurance Agent (Guest Star) 1978
No Score Yet No Score Yet Maude Unknown (Guest Star) 1977
No Score Yet No Score Yet What's Happening!! Unknown (Guest Star) 1977