Leonard Barrie Corbin (born October 16, 1940) is an American actor. He is best known for his starring role as Maurice Minnifield on the television series Northern Exposure (1990–1995), which earned him two consecutive Primetime Emmy Award nominations.
Leonard Barrie Corbin
October 16, 1940
Lamesa, Texas, U.S.
|Education||Texas Tech University|
Marie Elyse Soape
(m. 1965; div. 1974)
(m. 1976; div. 1992)
Joe Montana Corbin
His other notable credits include the films Urban Cowboy (1980), Stir Crazy (1980), WarGames (1983), and No Country for Old Men (2007), as well as the television series Dallas (1979–1984), Lonesome Dove (1989), One Tree Hill (2003–2009), The Closer (2007–2012), and The Ranch (2016–2020).
Corbin was born in Lamesa, the seat of Dawson County, south of Lubbock in West Texas. He is the son of the former Alma LaMerle Scott (1918–1994), a teacher, and Kilmer Blaine Corbin, Sr. (1919–1993), a school principal, judge, and Democratic member of the Texas State Senate for two terms, from 1949–1957. Corbin was named for author J. M. Barrie by his mother. He played football briefly in eighth grade, but soon moved to the arts, including acting and ballet classes. He graduated from Monterey High School. Corbin studied theatre arts at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. At 21, he joined the United States Marine Corps, served two years, and then returned to Tech.
Corbin began his career as a Shakespearean actor in the 1960s, but today he is more likely to be seen in the role of the local sheriff, military leader, or some other authority figure, though on occasion, he has effectively portrayed murderous villains, as well. To moviegoers, he is well remembered as General Beringer in WarGames, John Travolta's uncle Bob Davis in Urban Cowboy, co-starring with Clint Eastwood in Any Which Way You Can, or Roscoe Brown, July Johnson's bumbling deputy in the acclaimed Western Lonesome Dove.
From 1979 until 1984, he appeared in several episodes of Dallas as Sheriff Fenton Washburn. In 1983, Corbin co-starred in the famed television miniseries The Thorn Birds. Corbin played Mary Carson's stockman Pete, who teaches the Clearys' sons how to shear sheep on their aunt's gigantic sheep station Drogheda, in Australia. In 1983–1984, Corbin played Merit Sawyer in the NBC television series Boone. Corbin's role was that of a stern father to the young actor Tom Byrd, who played Boone Sawyer, an aspiring singer. The program was set in rural Tennessee during the 1950s and was created by Earl Hamner, who had great success earlier with CBS's The Waltons.
In 1994, Corbin narrated the acclaimed TBS documentary MoonShot, telling the story of the 1960s space race from the first-person viewpoint of Mercury Seven astronaut Deke Slayton. In 2007, he played the character Clay Johnson, father of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer series.
Corbin played the role of General Carville in consecutive video games developed by Westwood Studios. In 1998, Red Alert: Retaliation. In 2000, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and the 2001 expansion, Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge.
In 2003, Corbin co-starred with Northern Exposure castmate John Cullum in Blackwater Elegy, an award-winning short film written by Matthew Porter and co-directed by Porter and Joe O'Brien.
From 2003–2009, Corbin played Whitey Durham, the basketball coach for the Tree Hill Ravens on The WB/CW teenager drama series One Tree Hill. He also had a role in 2007's Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men.
Corbin is the signature voice of radio station KPLX in Fort Worth, Texas, and has also voiced trailers and promotions for CMT and various other country radio stations. In 2014, he became the spokesman for the Texas Veterans Land Board. He also played a role in the Netflix series The Ranch.
In 2020, Corbin had a recurring guest role as Everett Acker in Better Call Saul.
Corbin has won many cutting-horse competitions. Much of his spare time is spent riding horses and tending to cattle on his small Texas ranch near Fort Worth. He has volunteered his time to charity for many years, including rodeos and being spokesman for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. In 2006, he participated in the Lubbock centennial.
Corbin lives on the ranch in Texas with his wife, Jo. Corbin’s daughter Shannon had been adopted as an infant; her birth mother, who had a relationship with Corbin in college, gave up the child through the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio, without having told Corbin of the pregnancy. Corbin found Shannon in June 1991, when she was 26. Corbin has three sons: Bernard Weiss (born 1970), Jim Corbin (born 1979), and Christopher Corbin (born 1982). 
In 2009, Corbin was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas. A recent painting of Corbin has been placed at the museum exhibit. Corbin has appeared at gatherings of the American Cowboy Culture Association, which holds the annual National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration each September in Lubbock.
In September 2011, Corbin was given a lifetime achievement award by the Estes Park Film Festival in Estes Park, Colorado. The Texas Film Hall of Fame inducted Corbin into its membership on March 8, 2012.
|1980||Urban Cowboy||Bob Davis|
|Stir Crazy||Warden Walter Beatty|
|Any Which Way You Can||Fat Zack Tupper|
|1981||Dead & Buried||Phil|
|The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia||Wimbish|
|1982||The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez||B.R. Abernathy|
|Six Pack||Sheriff "Big John" Stone|
|The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas||C.J.|
|Honkytonk Man||Derwood Arnspriger|
|The Man Who Loved Women||Roy Carr|
|1985||What Comes Around||Leon Redden|
|My Science Project||Lew Harlan|
|1986||Nothing in Common||Andrew Woolridge|
|Hard Traveling||Frank Burton|
|1987||Under Cover||Sergeant Irwin Lee|
|Off the Mark||Walt Warner|
|1988||Permanent Record||Jim Sinclair|
|Critters 2: The Main Course||Harv|
|It Takes Two||George Lawrence|
|1989||Who's Harry Crumb?||P.J. Downing|
|Ghost Dad||Mr. Emery Collins|
|The Hot Spot||Sheriff|
|Career Opportunities||Officer Don|
|1996||Solo||General Clyde Haynes|
|1997||The Fanatics||Robert Blister|
|1999||Judgment Day: The Ellie Nesler Story||Tony Serra|
|2000||Timequest||Lyndon B. Johnson|
|2001||The Journeyman||Charlie Ledbetter|
|No One Can Hear You||Sheriff Joe Webster|
|Race to Space||Earl Vestal|
|The Gristle||Senator Dorm|
|Tin Can Shinny||Daddy Jack|
|River's End||Sheriff 'Buster' Watkins|
|The Dukes of Hazzard||Mr. Pullman||Uncredited|
|2006||Waitin' to Live||Buford Pike|
|2007||No Country for Old Men||Ellis|
|The Grand||Jimminy 'Lucky' Faro|
|In the Valley of Elah||Arnold Bickman|
|Beer for My Horses||Buck Baker|
|2009||That Evening Sun||Thurl Chessor|
|Not Since You||Uncle Dennis|
|Feed the Fish||Axel Andersen|
|The Next Door Neighbor||Judge Rodgers|
|Valley of the Sun||Gene Taggert|
|Redemption: For Robbing the Dead||Judge Smith|
|3 Blind Saints||Rusty Pickens|
|The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez||Walker|
|Born Wild||Ray Jennings|
|2013||This Is Where We Live||Bode|
|2014||Dawn of the Crescent Moon||Cyrus|
|The Homesman||Buster Shaver|
|Planes: Fire & Rescue||Ol' Jammer||Voice|
|Finding Harmony||Grady Pickett|
|Beyond the Farthest Star||Chief Burns|
|Christmas in the Smokies||Wade Haygood|
|2016||Last Man Club||Pete Williams|
|2017||Mountain Top||Sam Miller|
|An American in Texas||Larry Korchinsky|
|2018||Farmer of the Year||Hap Anderson|
|TBA||Killers of the Flower Moon||Undertaker Turton||Filming|
|1976||Movin' On||Waldo||Episode: "The Old South Will Rise Again" (Uncredited)|
|NBC Special Treat||Stokey Andrews||Episode: "Big Henry and the Polka Dot Kid"|
|1979–1984||Dallas||Sheriff Fenton Washburn||9 episodes|
|1981||M*A*S*H||Sgt. Joe Vickers||Episode: "Your Retention, Please" (Episode 205)|
|This House Possessed||Lieutenant Fletcher||TV Movie|
|The Killing of Randy Webster||Nick Hanson||TV Movie|
|Murder in Texas||Dist. Atty. McMasters||TV Movie|
|Bitter Harvest||Dr. Agajanian||TV Movie|
|1982||Hart to Hart||Sheriff Bud Williams||Episode: "Hart, Line, and Sinker"|
|1983||The Thorn Birds||Pete||4 parts (TV Mini-Series)|
|Travis McGee||Sheriff Hack Ames||TV Movie|
|1984||Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac||Burt Hamilton||TV Movie|
|1986||The A-Team||J.J. Kincaid||Episode: "Waiting for Insane Wayne"|
|The Twilight Zone||Pete Siekovich||Episode: "Dead Run"|
|Firefighter||Captain Johnson||TV Movie|
|1987||LBJ: The Early Years||Judge Alvin J. Wirtz||TV Movie|
|Murder, She Wrote||Lt. Lou Flannigan||Episode: "The Bottom Line Is Murder"|
|Matlock||Army Col. Steven McRea||Episode: "The Court Martial"|
|1988||Man Against the Mob||Big Mac McCleary||TV Movie|
|1989||Lonesome Dove||Roscoe Brown||4 episodes|
|1990–1995||Northern Exposure||Maurice J. Minnifield / Mace Mobrey||110 episodes (Main role)|
|1991||The Chase||Wallis||TV Movie|
|Conagher||Charlie McCloud, Stage Driver||TV Movie|
|1994||Moon Shot • The Inside Story of America's Race to the Moon||Narrator / Deke Slayton (voice)||TV Movie documentary|
|1995||Life with Louie||Uncle Sammy (voice)||Episode: "The Fourth Thursday in November"|
|1996||Ellen||Jack Penney||Episode: "A Penney Saved..."|
|1996–1997||The Big Easy||C.D. LeBlanc||35 episodes|
|1997||Columbo||Clifford Calvert||Episode: "A Trace of Murder"|
|1998||The Magnificent Seven||Wickes||Episode: "Working Girls"|
|The Closer||Angus Clayton||Episode: "Pilot"|
|Spin City||Peter Noland||Episode: "The Deer Hunter"|
|JAG||Percival Bertram||Episode: "Act of Terror"|
|The Drew Carey Show||Chuck Fifer||2 episodes|
|1999||King of the Hill||Fire Chief (voice)||Episode: "A Fire-fighting We Will Go"|
|Chicken Soup for the Soul||Doctor||Episode: "The Real Father"|
|Walker, Texas Ranger||Ben Crowder||Episode: "Widow Maker"|
|2001||Crossfire Trail||Sheriff Walter Moncrief||TV Movie|
|2002||Reba||J. V. McKinney||Episode: "Meet the Parents"|
|Hope Ranch||Shorty||TV Movie|
|2003||Monte Walsh||Bob the Storekeeper||TV Movie|
|2003–2009||One Tree Hill||Coach Whitey Durham||90 episodes (Main role)|
|2005||Celebrity Poker Showdown||Himself||Celebrity game show|
|2006||Hidden Places||Sheriff John Doggins||TV Movie|
|2007–2012||The Closer||Clay Johnson||13 episodes|
|2008||Psych||Billy Joe||Episode: "There Might Be Blood"|
|2008–2009||The Unit||Carson||2 episodes|
|Ben 10: Alien Swarm||Grandpa Max Tennyson||TV Movie|
|The Looney Tunes Show||Santa Claus (voice)||Episode: "A Christmas Carol"|
|2012–2013||Suit Up||Dick Devereaux||16 episodes|
|2012–2014||Modern Family||Merle Tucker||3 episodes|
|Anger Management||Ed||100 episodes (Main role)|
|2013||Dallas||J.R. Ewing's lawyer/Executor||Episode: "Ewings Unite!"|
|2014||Parenthood||Ernie||Episode: "Fraud Alert"|
|2015||Blood & Oil||Clifton Lundegren||6 episodes|
|2016–2020||The Ranch||Dale the Veterinarian||32 episodes|
|2019||Young Sheldon||Mr. Gilford||Episode: "A Math Emergency and Perky Palms"|
|2020||9-1-1: Lone Star||Stuart Ryder||Episode: "Awakening"|
|Better Call Saul||Everett Acker||3 episodes: "The Guy for This", "Namaste", "Dedicado a Max"|
|1996||The Pandora Directive||Jackson Cross||Played an NSA operative who kidnaps and threatens to kill the main character in his pursuit of an alien artifact.|
|Steven Spielberg's Director's Chair||Warden|
|1998||Red Alert: Retaliation||General Ben Carville|
|2000||Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2||Gen. Ben Carville (General Thorn) / American Taunts||Reprised his role as General Carville from Red Alert with a much larger role in the story. The game also featured a number of cinematics spoofing his role in WarGames.|
|2001||Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge||Gen. Ben Carville||He played General Carville once more in this 2001 expansion pack to Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2.|
|2017||Madden NFL 18: Longshot||Hank Jamison|
|2018||Madden NFL 19: Longshot Homecoming|
- Hall, Michael (January 2021). "The Seven Ages of Barry Corbin". Texas Monthly. Retrieved August 14, 2021.
- Sumner, Jane (4 March 2012). "Texas' Corbin returns to his roots". Austin American-Statesman.
- University, Texas Tech (1962). "La Ventana, vol. 037". hdl:2346/48702. Cite journal requires
- "Northern Exposure: Barry Corbin bio". Archived from the original on 2006-10-01.
- "Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series". www.emmys.com. Retrieved 12 July 2021.
- "The Official Barry Corbin Site – Articles". www.barrycorbin.com.
- "The Official Barry Corbin Site – Achievement". www.barrycorbin.com.
- "Barry Corbin". Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame | Fort Worth Texas. Retrieved March 8, 2020.
- Museum exhibit, Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, Fort Worth.
- "National Cowboy Symposium & Celebration, Inc. (Lubbock, Texas)". cowboy.org. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved September 5, 2013.
- Cangialosi, Jason. "Estes Park Film Festival: Barry Corbin’s Lifetime Achievement Award." www.milehighcinema.com,  Archived April 24, 2012, at the Wayback Machine
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- Barry Corbin at IMDb
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- Barry Corbin at AllMovie
- Barry Corbin cast bio on The WB