Corbin, Barry 1940–

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Corbin, Barry 1940–


Full name, Leonard Barry Corbin (some sources spell name Leonard Barrie Corbin); born October 16, 1940, in LaMesa, TX; son of Kilmer Blaine and Alma LaMerle (maiden name, Scott) Corbin; married Marie Elyse Soape (some sources cite name as Elyse Soap), March 15, 1965 (some sources cite 1966; divorced, April, 1972 [some sources cite 1970]); married Susan James Berger (an actress), May 29, 1976 (divorced, June 14, 1993); children: Shannon Katy Ross; Bernard Weiss; (second marriage) James Barry, Christopher Clayton. Education: Graduated from Texas Tech University, 1964; also attended University of Colorado. Politics: Democrat. Avocational Interests: Owning and riding cutting horses, trail riding, cow penning.

Addresses: Agent—The Blake Agency, 1333 Ocean Ave., Suite J, Santa Monica, CA 90401. Manager—Elkins Entertainment, 8306 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 438, Beverly Hills, CA 90211.

Career: Actor and writer. North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, member of faculty, 1966–67; American Shakespeare Festival, Stratford, CT, member of company, 1968–69; Actors Theatre of Louisville, Louisville, KY, member of company, 1975–79; appeared in television commercials. Performer at celebrity rodeos. Military service: U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, active duty, 1962–64.

Member: Screen Actors Guild (member of board of directors, 1985, 1987–90), Actors' Equity Association, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Dramatists Guild, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, American Quarter Horse Association, National Cutting Horse Association.

Awards, Honors: Theater USA Award, 1974, for Suckerrod Smith and the Cisco Kid; Bronze Wrangler, television feature film, National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1992, for Conagher; Emmy Award nominations, outstanding supporting actor in a drama series, 1993 and 1994, Media Owl Award, and American Television Award nomination, all for Northern Exposure; Emmy Award nomination (with others), outstanding informational special, 1995, for Moon Shot; Buffalo Bill Cody Award, quality family entertainment, Nebraskaland Days; other awards include Western Image Award.


Television Appearances; Series:

Sheriff Fenton Washburn, Dallas, CBS, 1979–85.

Merit Sawyer, Boone, NBC, 1983–84.

Senator Bunky Muntner and Gerald V. Oxboggle, Washingtoon, Showtime, 1985.

Thomas "C of B" Brady, Spies, CBS, 1987.

Maurice Minnifeld, Northern Exposure, CBS, 1990–95.

Raising Caines, NBC, beginning c. 1995.

C. D. LeBlanc, The Big Easy, USA Network, 1996–98.

Coach Whitey Durham, One Tree Hill, The WB, 2003–.

Television Appearances; Miniseries:

I. D. McMasters, Murder in Texas, NBC, 1981.

Pete, The Thorn Birds, ABC, 1983.

Franz Grebner, Fatal Vision, NBC, 1984.

Judge J. Samuel Perry, The Jesse Owens Story, syndicated, 1984.

Assistant district attorney Jim Heusdens, A Death in California (also known as Psychopath), ABC, 1985.

Officer Warner, I Know My First Name Is Steven (also known as The Missing Years), NBC, 1989.

Roscoe Brown, Lonesome Dove, CBS, 1989.

Television Appearances; Movies:

Stokey, Big Henry and the Polka Dot Kid, Nickelodeon, 1976.

Sixth resident, Rage!, NBC, 1980.

Dr. Agajanian, Bitter Harvest, NBC, 1981.

Gus Lobell, A Few Days in Weasel Creek, CBS, 1981.

Lieutenant Fletcher, This House Possessed, ABC, 1981.

Nick Hanson, The Killing of Randy Webster, CBS, 1981.

Bob Austin, Prime Suspect, CBS, 1982.

Naylor, Fantasies (also known as The Studio Murders), ABC, 1982.

Virgil "Virge" Blessing, Bus Stop, HBO, 1982.

Bert Hamilton, Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac (also known as Flight No. 90 and Florida Flight 90), NBC, 1984.

Colonel, The Ratings Game (also known as The Mogul), The Movie Channel, 1984.

Captain Johnson, Firefighter (also known as Greater Alarm), CBS, 1986.

The director, C.A.T. Squad (also known as Stalking Danger), NBC, 1986.

Floyd Carpenter, The Defiant Ones, ABC, 1986.

Under Siege, NBC, 1986.

Elmore, Young Henry Houdini, ABC, 1987.

Judge Wirtz, LBJ: The Early Years, NBC, 1987.

Max Ball, Warm Hearts, Cold Feet (also known as Babytalk), CBS, 1987.

Gil Rosine, Stranger on My Land, ABC, 1988.

Malcolm Bryce, The People across the Lake, NBC, 1988.

Roy "Big Mac" McCleary, Man against the Mob (also known as Trouble in the City of Angels), NBC, 1988.

Sheriff Wallace, Secret Witness (also known as No Secrets), CBS, 1988.

Bentick, Red King, White Knight, HBO, 1989.

Principal Haskin, Spooner, The Disney Channel, 1989.

Captain Bob Berg, Last Flight Out, NBC, 1990.

Charlie McCloud, Conagher (also known as Louis L'Amour's "Conagher"), TNT, 1991.

Police officer Bob Wallis, The Chase, NBC, 1991.

Earl Buckaloo, The Keys, NBC, 1992.

Marshal John Llewellyn, Siringo, 1994.

Dr. Jack Clayman, Robin Cook's "Virus" (also known as Formula for Death, Outbreak, Robin Cook's "Formula for Death," and Virus), NBC, 1995.

Dolve Potter, Deadly Family Secrets, NBC, 1995.

Dan Pendleton, My Son Is Innocent, ABC, 1996.

George Reed, Kiss and Tell (also known as Please Forgive Me), ABC, 1996.

Clifford Calvert, Columbo: A Trace of Murder, ABC, 1997.

Mike Hadley, The Hired Heart (also known as Sweetwater Redemption), Lifetime, 1997.

Frank, A Face to Kill for, USA Network, 1999.

Tony Serra, Judgement Day: The Ellie Nesler Story, USA Network, 1999.

Wink, Sealed with a Kiss (also known as First Comes Love), CBS, 1999.

Sheriff Walter Moncrief, Crossfire Trail (also known as Louis L'Amour's "Crossfire Trail"), TNT, 2001.

Shorty, Hope Ranch, Animal Planet, 2002.

Storekeeper, Monte Walsh, TNT, 2003.

Senator Frank Rawlings, Dead Rail, 2005.

Television Appearances; Specials:

Texas 150: A Celebration Special, ABC, 1986.

Voice of Wild Bill Hickock, The Wild West (documentary), syndicated, 1993.

Narrator, Moon Shot (documentary; also known as Giant Step: The Inside Story of the Apollo Mission), TBS, 1994.

Host and narrator, Fate of the Plains (documentary), PBS, 1996.

Narrator, Eyes in the Sky (documentary), The Discovery Channel, 1996.

Voice, U.S.-Mexican War (documentary), PBS, 1998.

Television Appearances; Episodic:

Sergeant Joe Vickers, "Your Retention Please," M∗A∗S∗H, CBS, 1981.

Sheriff Bud Williams, "Hart, Line, and Sinker," Hart to Hart, ABC, 1981.

Ted Lomax, "Murder Is the Key," Tucker's Witch, CBS, 1983.

Monty Tasco, "The Count of Mounty Tasco," Hill Street Blues, NBC, 1984.

"The Way We Weren't," The Duck Factory, NBC, 1984.

Kincaid, "Waiting for Insane Wayne," The A Team, NBC, 1986.

Pete, "Dead Run," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986.

Colonel Steven McRae, "The Court Martial: Parts 1 & 2," Matlock, NBC, 1987.

Jenkins, "John Henry," Shelley Duvall's "Tall Tales and Legends" (also known as Tall Tales and Legends), Showtime, 1987.

Lieutenant Lou Flannigan, "The Bottom Line Is Murder," Murder, She Wrote, CBS, 1987.

Mr. Frazier, "Come On and Marry Me, Bill," Designing Women, CBS, 1989.

Zed Westhymer, "Bobby the Chimp," The Famous Teddy Z, CBS, 1989.

Zed Westhymer, "A Case of Murder," The Famous Teddy Z, CBS, 1989.

Richard Cooper, "Bad Company," Murphy Brown, CBS, 1995.

Jack Penney, "A Penney Saved …," Ellen, ABC, 1996.

Narrator, Wilbur Fisk Crafts, and Edwin Johnson, Sex and the Silver Screen, Showtime, 1996.

Dylan Montgomery, "The Fighting Irish," Ink, CBS, 1997.

Chuck Fifer, "Nicki's Parents," The Drew Carey Show, ABC, 1998.

Percival Bertram, "Act of Terror," JAG, CBS, 1998.

Peter, "The Deer Hunter," Spin City (also known as Spin), ABC, 1998.

Wickes, "Working Girls," The Magnificent Seven, CBS, 1998.

Ben Crowder, "Widow Maker," Walker, Texas Ranger, CBS, 1999.

Carlton Powers, "Joyride," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1999.

Doctor, "The Real Father," Chicken Soup for the Soul, PAX TV, 1999.

Nolan, "That's Entertainment," Spin City (also known as Spin), ABC, 1999.

Voice of fire chief, "A Fire-Fighting We Will Go," King of the Hill (animated), Fox, 1999.

Professor Rudy Sullivan, "Do You See What I See?," Mysterious Ways, PAX TV, 2001.

J. V. (Reba's father), "Meet the Parents," Reba, The WB, 2002.

Sheriff Mathers, "The Amarillo Round-Up and Other Assorted Misdemeanors," Going to California, Showtime, 2002.

Himself, Unscripted, HBO, 2005.

Television Appearances; Pilots:

Vernon Witchard, Norma Rae, NBC, 1981.

Sheriff Hack Ames, Travis McGee (also known as Travis McGee: The Empty Copper Sea), ABC, 1982.

Jimmy Scott Farnsworth, Maggie, CBS, 1986.

Thomas "C of B" Brady, Spies, CBS, 1987.

Governor Howard James, Camp California (also known as Club Fed), ABC, 1989.

Doc, Raising Caines, NBC, 1995.

Mr. Angus Clayton, The Closer, CBS, 1998.

The Hanleys, ABC, 1998.

Film Appearances:

Fat Zack, Any Which Way You Can, Warner Bros., 1980.

Uncle Bob, Urban Cowboy, Paramount, 1980.

Warden Walter Beatty, Stir Crazy, Columbia, 1980.

Phil, Dead and Buried (also known as Dead & Buried), Avco-Embassy, 1981.

Wimbush, The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, Avco-Embassy, 1981.

C. J., The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (also known as The Best Little Cathouse in Texas), Universal, 1982.

Derwood Arnspringer, Honkytonk Man, Warner Bros., 1982.

Sheriff, Six Pack, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982.

B. R. Abernathy, The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez, Embassy, 1983.

General Beringer, WarGames (also known as War Games), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1983.

Roy Carr, The Man Who Loved Women, Columbia, 1983.

Lew Harlan, My Science Project, Buena Vista, 1985.

Andrew Woolridge, Nothing in Common, TriStar, 1986.

Attorney Frank Burton, Hard Traveling, New World Pictures, 1986.

Leon, What Comes Around, AWO Associates, 1986.

Sergeant Irwin Lee, Under Cover, Cannon, 1987.

Walt Warner, Off the Mark (also known as Crazy Legs), Fries Entertainment, 1987.

George Lawrence, It Takes Two (also known as My New Car), Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1988.

Harv, Critters II: The Main Course (also known as Critters 2: Main Course), New Line, 1988.

Jim Sinclair, Permanent Records, Paramount, 1988.

P. J. Downing, Who's Harry Crumb?, TriStar, 1989.

Captain, Short Time, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990.

Mr. Collins, Ghost Dad, Universal, 1990.

Sheriff, The Hot Spot, Orion, 1990.

Officer Don, Career Opportunities (also known as One Wild Night), Universal, 1991.

General Clyde Haynes, Solo, Triumph Releasing, 1996.

Lodger, Curdled, Miramax, 1996.

Robert Blister, The Fanatics (also known as Fumbleheads), 1997.

Pembry, Held Up (also known as Inconvenienced), Trimark Pictures, 2000.

Himself, Drive-In Movie Memories (documentary), Festival Outdoor Productions, 2001.

Charlie Ledbetter, The Journeyman, Dream Entertainment, 2001.

Cotton, Clover Bend, 2001.

Earl Vestal, Race to Space (also known as Race to Space—Mission ins Unbekannte), Lions Gate Releasing, 2001.

Sheriff Joe Webster, No One Can Hear You, Mainline Releasing, 2001.

Buford Pike, Waitin' to Live, Imageworks Entertainment International, 2002.

Lyndon Johnson, Timequest, Ardustry Home Entertainment, 2002.

Daddy Jack, Tin Can Shinny, Right Field Films, 2003.

J. T., Blackwater Elegy (short film), 95 Theses Entertainment/NFocus Visual Communications, 2003.

Sheriff Breen, Dunsmore, Aslan Productions/Shoreline Entertainment/Valencia Motion Pictures, 2003.

Voice, The Fort Fisher Hermit (documentary), 2004.

Buck, Godless (short film), 2005.

Grandpa William Kelly, Beautiful Dreamer, 2005.

Pastor, Yesterday's Dreams, Living the Dream Productions/Pisces Productions, 2005.

Sheriff Buster Watkins, Molding Clay, 2005.

Stage Appearances:

Forester, As You Like It, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, Stratford, CT, 1968.

Mercade, Love's Labour's Lost, American Shakespeare Festival Theatre, 1968.

Gower, Henry V, ANTA Theatre, New York City, 1969.

Othello, American Shakespeare Festival, New York City, 1969.

Sir William Cecil, Lord Burghley, and Sir Robert Cecil, Masquerade, The Masquerade Company, Theatre Four, New York City, 1971.

Detective, Crystal and Fox, McAlpin Hotel, McAlpin Rooftop Theatre, New York City, 1973.

Suckerrod Smith and the Cisco Kid, 1974.

Bennie, Getting Out, Marymount Manhattan Theatre, New York City, 1978, then Lucille Lortel Theatre, New York City, 1979–80.

Appeared as Henry II, Beckett; as the title role, Macbeth; as Falstaff, The Merry Wives of Windsor; as Judd, Oklahoma! (musical); and in Holy Ghosts.


Video Games:

Jackson Cross, The Pandora Detective, 1996.

Warden, Steven Spielberg's "Directors' Chair", 1996.

General Ben Carville, Command & Conquer Red Alert: Retaliation, 1998.

General Ben Carville and voice of American taunts, Command & Conquer 2 (also known as Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2—Yuri's Revenge), Electronic Arts, 2001.

General Ben Carville, Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge (also known as Red Alert 2 Expansion Pack: Yuri's Revenge), 2001.



Suckerrod Smith and the Cisco Kid, 1974.

Throckmorton, Texas 76083, 1983.

Author of plays for National Public Radio (NPR).


The Wildcatters, 1986.



American Western, January, 2001.

Texas Monthly, February, 1996.