Craig T. Nelson

Craig T. Nelson plays Zeek, the gregarious patriarch of the Braverman family.

Craig T. Nelson as Zeek Braverman in Parenthood

Emmy Award winner Craig T. Nelson portrays Zeek Braverman. The gregarious patriarch of the Braverman family, Zeek has tried his hand at almost everything. From a soldier in Vietnam to activist hippie, from aspiring actor to shrewd entrepreneur, nothing has stuck longer than a few years, except of course, being a father.

About Craig T. Nelson

Nelson starred as Jack Mannion on The District, a drama that was inspired by the experiences of real-life police crime fighter Jack Maple. Nelson also served as co-executive producer and directed episodes. Other TV credits include: the series finale of Monk, a three-episode arc on CSI:NY, four episodes of My Name is Earl, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Private Benjamin.

In 1997, Nelson completed his eighth and final season on Coach, starring as Hayden Fox. He directed numerous episodes and received three Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1990, 1991 and 1992), which led to a win for the 1991-1992 season. He has also been honoured by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association with four Golden Globe nominations.

When one adds writing, directing, and producing to his list of credits, it's no surprise that Nelson formed Family Tree Productions to develop and produce motion picture and television projects. A particularly special production under this banner was TV movie Ride With The Wind, a story of hope, discovery and recovery. It was scripted by Nelson, who also served as executive producer, in association with Hearst Entertainment.

In 2004 audiences got to 'hear' a new side of the man when Nelson voiced Bob Paar in the Oscar-winning Walt Disney Picture/Pixar Animation Studios production The Incredibles. Nelson's other feature film credits include: The Proposal, with Sandra Bullock and Ryan Reynolds; Blades of Glory, with Will Ferrell; and The Family Stone, with Sarah Jessica Parker and Diane Keaton.