Barry Corbin | Biography
Leonard Barrie Corbin, popularly known by his stage name Barry Corbin is an American actor for the big and small screen. He was born in the year 1940 and celebrates his birthday every year on October 16. He has more than one hundred film, television and video game credits.
Corbin is a native of Lamesa, the seat of Dawson County, south of Lubbock in west Texas as he was born and spent most of his early life there. He was welcomed to the family as the son of the former Alma LaMerle Scott, who was a teacher, and Kilmer Blaine Corbin, Sr., who was a judge, school principal and a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate for two terms from 1949-1957. Barry was named after author J. M. Barrie by his mother. He graduated from Monterey High School and then went on to study theatre arts at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. At 21, he joined the United States Marine Corps, and returned to Tech two years later.
Corbin started his career as a Shakespearean actor in the 1960s. He is well remembered as General Beringer in WarGames, Bob Davis in Urban Cowboy, co-starring with Clint Eastwood in Any Which Way You Can, or Roscoe Brown, July Johnson's bumbling deputy in Lonesome Dove. He is more likely to be seen as the local sheriff, military leader, or some other authority figure, though on occasion, he has effectively portrayed murderous villains as well. From 1979 until 1984, he appeared as Sheriff Fenton Washburn in several episodes of Dallas. In 1983, he co-starred in the famed television miniseries The Thorn Birds. In 1983-1984, he played Merit Sawyer in the NBC television series Boone. From 1990 to 1995, he played the role of a former astronaut Maurice Minnifield on CBS's Northern Exposure, for which he even received an Emmy Award nomination. In 1994, Barry served as the narrator of the acclaimed TBS documentary MoonShot. From 2003-2008, he was cast as Whitey Durham, on The WB/CW teenage drama series One Tree Hill. In 2007, he portrayed the character Clay Johnson, on The Closer series. He also had a significant role in 2008's Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men. He is the signature voice of radio station KPLX in Fort Worth, Texas, and has also voiced trailers and promos for CMT and various other country radio stations.
Barry won many cutting-horse competitions before his film career. Even today, much of his spare time is spent riding horses and tending to cattle on his small Texas ranch near Fort Worth. Currently, he lives on the ranch with his daughter, Shannon Ross and grandchildren. Shannon was born in 1965 was adopted as an infant. Corbin had an affair with her birth mother, who gave up the child through the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio, without telling Corbin of the pregnancy. Corbin found Shannon in June 1991, when she was twenty-six. Corbin has three more sons; Bernard (born 1970), Jim (born 1979), and Christopher (born 1982). His first wife was Elyse Soap. They married in the year 1966 and divorced just four years later in 1970. He has two children with her. Corbin married Susan Berger, his second wife in May 29, 1976. Unfortunately, the couple divorced in 1992. She bore him a child. Corbin was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth in 2009 and a recent painting of Corbin has been placed at the museum exhibit. He has appeared at gatherings of the American Cowboy Culture Association. On March 8, 2012, he was inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame membership. More information on him is available on his recent and detailed biography on Wiki and IMDb website. He can also be found on Twitter and Facebook.