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Also Known As: Leonard Barrie Corbin Died:
Born: October 16, 1940 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: LeMesa, Texas, USA Profession: actor, writer, rodeo performer

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A well-respected and busy character actor in films and on television for over three decades, Emmy-nominated Texas native Barry Corbin played larger-than-life figures in films like "Urban Cowboy" (1980) and "WarGames" (1983), as well as TV projects like "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989), "Northern Exposure (CBS, 1990-95) and "One Tree Hill" (The WB/The CW, 2005- ). The son of a Lone Star State senator, Corbin fell in love with character actors as a boy, and began his long ride to the screen through work on stages across the country. "Urban Cowboy" marked his feature debut, and for the next 20 years, he was a near-ubiquitous presence as ornery cowboys, tough cops, military men and on occasion, a kindly father or mentor. Town patriarch and astronaut Maurice Minnifield on "Northern Exposure" became his best-known role, and the one that afforded him the widest character arc - he could be menacing one moment, wistful the next, and quite funny in every scene - and it brought him two Emmy nominations and more work in features like "No Country for Old Men" (2007) and series like "One Tree Hill." Familiar to just about anyone who attended a movie or turned on a television since 1980, Corbin enjoyed the best scenario...

A well-respected and busy character actor in films and on television for over three decades, Emmy-nominated Texas native Barry Corbin played larger-than-life figures in films like "Urban Cowboy" (1980) and "WarGames" (1983), as well as TV projects like "Lonesome Dove" (CBS, 1989), "Northern Exposure (CBS, 1990-95) and "One Tree Hill" (The WB/The CW, 2005- ). The son of a Lone Star State senator, Corbin fell in love with character actors as a boy, and began his long ride to the screen through work on stages across the country. "Urban Cowboy" marked his feature debut, and for the next 20 years, he was a near-ubiquitous presence as ornery cowboys, tough cops, military men and on occasion, a kindly father or mentor. Town patriarch and astronaut Maurice Minnifield on "Northern Exposure" became his best-known role, and the one that afforded him the widest character arc - he could be menacing one moment, wistful the next, and quite funny in every scene - and it brought him two Emmy nominations and more work in features like "No Country for Old Men" (2007) and series like "One Tree Hill." Familiar to just about anyone who attended a movie or turned on a television since 1980, Corbin enjoyed the best scenario that acting could provide - steady work and rewarding roles.

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 Rising Stars (2010)
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 That Evening Sun (2009)
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 Feed the Fish (2009)
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 Wyvern (2009)
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 Lake City (2008)
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Spent two years in the Marines
1964:
Moved to New York to pursue acting
1977:
Moved to Los Angeles
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Wrote radio plays for National Public Radio
1980:
Made feature debut in "Urban Cowboy"
1980:
Made TV debut in "Rage", an NBC-TV movie
1986:
First TV guest spots on two series in the same week, "The A-Team" and the revival of "The Twilight Zone"
1987:
Starred in the short-lived TV series "Spies"
1989:
Recurring role on the series "The Famous Teddy Z"
1990:
Cast as a regular, Maurice Minnifield, on CBS-TV's "Northern Exposure"
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Played regular role of C.D. LeBlanc on the TV series "The Big Easy" (USA)
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Education

Texas Tech University: Lubbock , Texas - 1959 - 1964
University of Colorado: Boulder , Colorado - 1964

Notes

Corbin at one time Performed with the late Ben Johnson, Bruce Boxleitner, Linda Blair and others on the celebrity rodeo circuit.

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wife:
Marie Elyse Soape. Married on March 15, 1965; divorced in April 1972.
wife:
Susan James Berger. Married May 29, 1976; sued for divorce in October 1992.

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father:
Kilmer Blaine Corbin. State senator. Elected at age 25; left politics at age 35.
mother:
Alma LaMerle Corbin.
daughter:
Shannon Katy Ross.
son:
Bernard Weiss Corbin.
son:
James Barry Corbin. Born on May 26, 1979; mother, Susan Berger.
son:
Christopher Clayton Corbin. Born on September 22, 1982; mother, Susan Berger.
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