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Also Known As: Corbin Dean Bernsen Died:
Born: September 7, 1954 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: North Hollywood, California, USA Profession: actor, model

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Corbin Bernsen made it look so easy to play the bad guy, especially with his career-defining role of divorce lawyer Arnie Becker on the 1980s legal drama behemoth, "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). With his steely exterior and unrivaled intensity, the actor made a career out of portraying charming yet unsavory characters. But the talented Bernsen was not all 'bad boy' business - he navigated between genres seamlessly, appearing in countless made-for-TV dramas like the biopic "Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story" (NBC, 1991) and thrillers like "Shattered" (1991), but also delivered the laughs as a prima donna baseball player in the feature comedy "Major League" (1989). He gave a chilling performance as an insane dentist exacting revenge in the cult horror film "The Dentist" (1996) and was pitch-perfect as a stern ex-cop on the dramedy series "Psych" (USA Network, 2006- ). But it was Bernsen's memorable turn as the sleazy, womanizing Becker on the hit drama "L.A. Law" that catapulted him to fame and punctuated his long career as a truly talented and multi-layered actor.

Corbin Bernsen made it look so easy to play the bad guy, especially with his career-defining role of divorce lawyer Arnie Becker on the 1980s legal drama behemoth, "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). With his steely exterior and unrivaled intensity, the actor made a career out of portraying charming yet unsavory characters. But the talented Bernsen was not all 'bad boy' business - he navigated between genres seamlessly, appearing in countless made-for-TV dramas like the biopic "Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story" (NBC, 1991) and thrillers like "Shattered" (1991), but also delivered the laughs as a prima donna baseball player in the feature comedy "Major League" (1989). He gave a chilling performance as an insane dentist exacting revenge in the cult horror film "The Dentist" (1996) and was pitch-perfect as a stern ex-cop on the dramedy series "Psych" (USA Network, 2006- ). But it was Bernsen's memorable turn as the sleazy, womanizing Becker on the hit drama "L.A. Law" that catapulted him to fame and punctuated his long career as a truly talented and multi-layered actor.

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  Dead Air (2009)
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  3 Day Test (2007)
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  Carpool Guy (2005)

CAST: (feature film)

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 Lay the Favorite (2012)
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 Stolen Child (2012)
4.
 Big Year, The (2011)
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 Dead Air (2009)
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 Vipers (2008)
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 Holiday Baggage (2008)
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 3 Day Test (2007)
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Milestones close milestones

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Made professional debut as a baby; appeared as a girl in a Pepsi commercial
1974:
Made film debut in action feature "Three the Hard Way"
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Moved to New York City, where he appeared off-Broadway in "Lone Star"
1984:
Landed regular role on ABC soap opera "Ryan's Hope"
1986:
Rose to fame playing the amoral and womanizing, but utterly charming attorney Arnold Becker on "L.A. Law" (NBC)
1987:
First starring role in a motion picture, "Hello Again"
1989:
Played primadonna 3rd baseman Roger Dorn in "Major League"
1991:
Starred as legal rights activitist Morris Dees in "Line of Fire" (NBC)
1991:
Helped launch Theatre of the Night
1995:
Tried sitcoms with short-lived "A Whole New Ballgame" (ABC)
1996:
Had title role in "The Dentist" (HBO)
1996:
Starred on syndicated action series "The Cape"
1996:
Landed leading role in USA Network movie "Bloodhounds" and its sequel "Bloodhounds II"
1997:
Signed agreement with British-based Ardent Productions, which optioned first screenplay
1998:
Reprised role in "The Dentist II" (HBO); also co-produced
1999:
Acted in TV movie "Two of Hearts" and its sequel "Young Hearts Unlimited" (Fox Family Channel)
2000:
Signed to play Captain Von Trapp in touring production of "The Sound of Music"
2002:
Reprised role of Arnie Becker in "L.A. Law: The Movie" (NBC)
2003:
Competed on two seasons of ABC's "Celebrity Mole"
2004:
Cast in TV moive "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss" (USA Network), starring Jamie-Lynn DiScala
2005:
Starred in murder mystery "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" opposite Robert Downey Jr.; film premiered at Cannes
2006:
Cast in USA Network series "Psych" as a former police sergeant and the father of detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday)
2011:
Made cameo in "The Big Year"
2012:
Cast opposite Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in comedy feature "Lay the Favorite"; film based on memoir by Beth Raymer
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Education

University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -
University of California at Los Angeles: Los Angeles , California -

Notes

Former model for Winston cigarettes.

"I'd like to interview controversial people. I'd have to go straight to the top: the Bushes, the Reagans, Castro -- anyone with an image they so proudly stand for. Do they really believe everything they say? I'm fascinated by characters who have this wonderful, clear image of what they are; one so protected they never allow themselves to waiver from that position. Yet, we know even the President goes to the bathroom. I want to shed a little light; to find the crack in the bathroom door." --Corbin Bernsen

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wife:
Amanda Pays. Actor. Married in 1988; born in 1959; English.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Harry Bernsen. Producer. Divorced from Jeanne Cooper.
mother:
Jeanne Cooper. Actor. Born in 1928; veteran soap opera actor, on "The Young and the Restless" (has played four-times married, reformed alcoholic Katherine Chancellor since 1973); was nominated for an Emmy as Bernsen's domineering mother in a 1986 episode of "L.A. Law"; had a supporting role in feature "Frozen Assets" (1992) starring Bernsen.
brother:
Collin Bernsen. Actor. Born on March 30, 1958; married to ex-model Cheryl Horton (born in 1963); parents of sons Weston Cooper Bernsen (born on March 24, 1990) and Harrison Charles Cooper (born on Setember 4, 1991).
sister:
Caren Bernsen. Gift business owner. Born on August 17, 1960.
son:
Oliver Miller Bernsen. Born in March 14, 1989.
son:
Henry Pays Bernsen. Born on March 19, 1992; twin of Angus.
son:
Angus Moore Bernsen. Born on March 19, 1992; twin of Henry.
son:
Finley Cooper Bernsen. Born on June 9, 1998.
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