Whether you believe Craig T. Nelson to be a predominantly dramatic actor or comedian depends on when they became acquainted with his career. His filmography explains why different people can’t immediately choose whether he is consistent in drama or comedy. This is a person who has transitioned from doing courtroom sessions with Al Pacino in And Justice for All to acting as Richard Pryor in Stir Crazy and as Deputy Director in Gene Wilder. One thing is certain; his career wavered through comedy and drama. He has not been seen much on the silver screen in recent years, which makes one wonder: what has the versatile actor been up to?
The actor is involved in charity work. While he doesn’t believe in government bailouts, he believes that people should help each other, and he devotes his time and resources to entities that want to help others get on their feet. He has worked with a rehabilitation charity known as the Drug Education Council, which he spoke to at their annual luncheon in 2017. In 2009, he also said he works with an organization that matches shelter dogs and military personnel returning from their engagements. The actor is also part of a group that provides scholarships to veterans’ children.
“It’s just incomprehensible that we don’t take care of these people,” he argued, “that we don’t say, you know, from the start, ‘You’re guaranteed to get an education, you men and women.” Other charities he supports include the Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery and The Wounded Warrior Project, the former helping abused women and children in his hometown of Spokane, Washington.
His love for golf
The actor also likes to play golf. The Coach and All the Right Moves actor is not on the sidelines as depicted in both films; instead, he’s a golfer. According to an interview with Golf Content Network, the actor has a handicap of eight, which means he’s excellent, even though he says “the ability to maintain that number seems to come and go.” He says he practices chipping and putting for two hours every day. The actor regularly attends pro-am tournaments and attends courses in the Hawaiian Islands of Kauai.
His love for motorsport
Usually Nelson is associated with football, but in real life he enjoys motor racing. He entered motor racing school in 1991 and soon after took part in the Toyota Celebrity Long Beach Grand Prix. He managed to finish third. That was when he fell in love with the sport and started competing in the World SportsCar series. He confessed to Motor Trend that making it in the sport was not easy and considered him a strong entity. “They don’t want anyone who does something wrong,” the actor said. “And they let you know that.” But he showed he had the right qualities and won the organization’s Most Improved Driver, which he said was “better than winning the Emmy.”
His return to acting after parenthood
The last time the actor was active on television was in 2015 when the series Parenthood came on the tube after six seasons. Between parenthood and young Sheldon, he appeared in the 2015 comedy Get Hard alongside Kevin Hart and Will Ferrell, and also acted as Kenny Wells alongside Mathew McConaughey in the 2016 film, Gold. He also appeared as Bruce Jutsum in the comedy Book Club. In 2021, he accepted a recurring role on the series Young Sheldon. He acts as Dale Ballard, the coach of Sheldon’s sister’s baseball team. The recurring guest role on the Big Bang Theory spin-off got him excited when he described his role as a “nice jerk.” Having starred in many dramas in his career, Young Sheldon is a major sitcom and plays a major role in the actor’s return to comedy.