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Barry Corbin Biography

Birth Name:
Leonard Barrie Corbin
Birth Place:
Lamesa, Texas, United States
Actor, writer

Fast Facts

  • Wanted to be an actor since childhood
  • Studied theatre at Texas Tech University without following a degree program
  • While napping in a dumpster at college, was emptied into a garbage truck
  • Jobs outside of acting included chopping cotton, working on an oil rig, loading laundry trucks and shoveling lead in a print shop
  • Joined the Marines at 21 on a dare
  • During his early career, traveled the country to perform in regional theater productions and penned plays for National Public Radio
  • 1980's Urban Cowboy marked his big-screen debut, and his impressive body of work includes the films Stir Crazy (1980) and WarGames (1983), the 1989 miniseries Lonesome Dove, and TV series Dallas and Northern Exposure
  • Discovered that, back in college, he fathered a daughter who was given up for adoption by her mother; Corbin was introduced to his daughter in 1991


  • 2008Critics' Choice Awards-Best Acting Ensemble: nominated
  • 1995Emmy-Outstanding Informational Special: nominated
  • 1994Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: nominated
  • 1994Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 1993Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated


  • Blaine Corbin--Brother
  • Shannon Katy Ross--Daughter
  • Elyse Soap--Ex-wife
  • Susan James Berger--Ex-wife
  • Kilmer Corbin--Father
  • Alma Corbin--Mother
  • Jane Corbin--Sister
  • Bernard Weiss Corbin--Son
  • Christopher Clayton Corbin--Son
  • James Barry Corbin--Son