- Spent three seasons dancing with the Stockton Ballet in Stockton, CA, when he was a teenager.
- Attended the College of the Pacific on the G.I. Bill, following his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.
- Acclaimed thespian Sir Laurence Olivier once called to compliment him on his performance as Chief Coroner Wally Nydorf on Hill Street Blues, reportedly telling him, "That's the finest television acting I have ever witnessed."
- Best known for his role as a wise bartender on the CBS hit sitcom Murphy Brown.
- 1994, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series: Nominee
- Michelle Corley — Daughter
- R.L. Corley — Father
- Kevin Corley — Son
- Troy Corley — Daughter
- Ada Lee Corley — Mother
- Christina Pratt — Daughter
- Jerry Corley — Son
- Iris Carter — Wife (deceased)
- College of the Pacific, Stockton, California, United States (BA, 1955)