Who is Barry Corbin?

Leonard Barrie “Barry” Corbin was born on 16 October 1940, in Lamesa, Texas, USA, and is an actor, perhaps still best known for his role in the television series entitled “Northern Exposure” which ran from 1990 to 1995. His performance in the show gained him two nominations for Primetime Emmy Awards.

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The Wealth of Barry Corbin

How rich is Barry Corbin? As of early 2020, sources estimate a net worth that is over $4 million, earned through a successful career as an actor. He’s been active in the entertainment industry since the 1960s, including various film projects.

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Early Life and Education

Named for the author J.M. Barrie, he grew up in Lamesa, the son of a former teacher and Kilmer Blaine Corbin, Sr. who was a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate for two terms. At a young age, he was involved in athletic activities such as American Football, however, he soon shifted his interest towards the arts, particularly towards acting and ballet.

He attended Monterey High School, which was the third high school to be established in Lubbock, Texas, and a part of the Lubbock Independent School District, created from the merger of two communities.

After matriculating from high school, he enrolled at Texas Tech University to complete a degree in the theatre arts. The school is known for having the seventh largest student enrollment in Texas, offering over 150 courses on a Spanish Renaissance themed campus. The majority of its students are from southwestern US, though its population in total consists of all 50 states and over 100 countries.

Career Beginnings and Rise to Fame

At the age of 21, Corbin was drafted into the US Marine Corps, and served for two years before returning to Texas Tech to complete his education.

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In the 1960s, he began his foray towards professional acting, mainly as a Shakespearean actor during this period. As his career progressed, he took on more of the roles, and became known for playing local sheriffs, authority figures, military leaders, and the occasional villain. Some of his most notable projects include “War Games”, “Urban Cowboy”, and “Any Which Way You Can”, starring alongside Clint Eastwood.

He also had a role in the acclaimed Western “Lonesome Dove”, in which he played a bumbling deputy. In 1979, he started a recurring role in “Dallas” which he held for the next six years.

While with the show, he was also involved in other projects, such as the miniseries “The Thorn Birds”. He also played Merit Sawyer in the series “Boone”, portraying a father figure in rural Tennessee during the 1950s. In 1990, he had one of his most notable roles in “Northern Exposure”, playing former astronaut and local businessman Maurice Minnifield.

Later Career

Concurrently Barry narrated the acclaimed TBS documentary “Moon Shot”, which tells the story of the 1960s space race.

Afterwards, he started doing video game work, appearing in live action segments for several “Command & Conquer” games, portraying General Carville in “Command & Conquer: Red Alert”, “Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2”, and “Command & Conquer: Yuri’s Revenge”. In 2003, he worked on a short film entitled “Blackwater Elegy” alongside “Northern Exposure” cast member John Cullum.

Barry was then cast in another long-term role, in the drama series “One Tree Hill”, playing the basketball coach Whitey Durham in the WB/CW show, set in a fictional town of North Carolina, following the lives of two half-brothers.

In 2008, he was cast in the Oscar-winning film “No Country for Old Men”, a neo-Western film directed by the Coen Brothers, and based on the 2005 novel of the same name written by Cormac McCarthy. The film follows the story of a Texas welder and Vietnam War veteran, as he lives in West Texas during the 1980s – many regard it as the Coen brothers’ best film. Some of Barry’s more recent projects include “Windsor” and “All Saints” in 2018.

Personal Life

For his personal life, it is known that Corbin married Marie Elyse Soape in 1965, and their marriage lasted for nine years before they divorced. In 1976 he married Susan Berger, and they stayed together until divorcing in 1993. He has four children, the eldest of whom was adopted, and who didn’t know of her existence until she was 26 years old. He now lives with his daughter and their grandchildren. One of his sons has followed in his footsteps as an actor.

Aside from films, he is known to be very passionate when it comes to equestrian endeavors, spending a lot of free time on horseback, tending to cattle on his small Texas ranch, and won many cutting-horse competitions throughout his lifetime. He has also devoted time and money to charitable work. He even became a spokesman for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation.

In 2009, he was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, also into the Texas Film Hall of Fame three years later, and was honored with a lifetime achievement award by the Estes Park Film Festival. He’s also a member of the American Cowboy Culture Association.

1 Comment

  1. Clifford Griffin Reply

    Barry Corbin has always been a favorite of mine.. I always enjoy watching him on the screen. I got mad when he was killed off in lonesome dove.I’ve seen about all he,s been in, I even saw him on young Sheldon.
    Hang in there big guy,me and my family love you.

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