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Corbin Bernsen

Rugged, hirsutely handsome Corbin Bernsen blazed to TV stardom in 1986 on L.A. Law (1986) as opportunistic divorce lawyer "Arnie Becker", whose blond and brash good looks, impish grin and aggressive courting style proved a wild sex magnet to not only the beautiful female clients desirous of his "services", but his own lovelorn secretary who frequently bailed him out of trouble. Bernsen invested the Becker character with a likable "bad boy" charm that made him a favorite among the tight ensemble for eight solid seasons. In the process, he earned multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations. He also proved the role was no flash-in-the-pan or dead-end stereotype, maintaining a steady career over the course of three decades now with no signs of let up. Moreover, his deep love for acting and intent devotion to his career recently impelled him to climb into the producer/director's chair.Born in North Hollywood, California, on September 7, 1954, Corbin was raised around the glitz of the entertainment business. The eldest of three children born to 70s film/TV producer Harry Bernsen and veteran grande dame soap star Jeanne Cooper (the couple divorced in 1977), he graduated from Beverly Hills High School and attended UCLA with the intention of pursuing law. Instead, he went on to receive a BFA in Theatre Arts and MFA in Playwriting. He worked on the Equity-waiver L.A. stage circuit as both actor and set designer, making his film debut as a bit player in his father's picture Three the Hard Way (1974). Appearing unobtrusively in a couple of other films, he set his sights on New York in the late 70s. During his salad days, he eeked out a living as a carpenter and roofer while sidelining as a model. His first big break came in 1983 with the role of "Ken Graham" on daytime's Ryan's Hope (1975). During this time, he also met and married TV costumer designer Brenda Cooper, who later worked on The Nanny (1993) sitcom. They divorced four years later. This break led to an exclusive deal by NBC and eventually the TV role of a lifetime. The perks of his newly-found stardom on L.A. Law (1986) included a hosting stint on Saturday Night Live (1975) and the covers of numerous major magazines. Wasting no time, he parlayed his sudden small screen success into a major movie career, usually playing charmingly unsympathetic characters. He co-starred as Shelley Long's egotistical husband in the lightweight reincarnation comedy Hello Again (1987); played an equally vain Hollywood star in the musical comedy Bert Rigby, You're a Fool (1989); and starred as a disorganized ringleader of a band of crooks in the bank caper Disorganized Crime (1989). He capped the 1980s decade opposite Charlie Sheen and Tom Berenger in the box office hit Major League (1989), which took advantage of his natural athleticism, playing ballplayer-cum-owner "Roger Dorn". Two sequels followed.Corbin's career has merrily rolled along ever since - active in lowbudgets as well as pricier film fare portraying both anti-heroes and villains. On the TV homefront, he has appeared in a slew of mini-movie vehicles, including Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story (1991) as the famed civil rights attorney, and has ventured on in an assortment film genres - the mystery thriller Shattered (1991), which re-teamed him with Tom Berenger; the romantic comedy Frozen Assets (1992), again with Shelley Long; the war horror tale Grey Knight (1993); the slapstick farce Radioland Murders (1994); the melodramatic Liaisons scandaleuses (1997), and the fantasy adventure Beings (1998). Topping it off, Corbin's title role in the expert thriller The Dentist (1996) had audiences excogitating a similar paranoia of tooth doctors as Anthony Perkins had decades before with motel clerks. As spurned husband-turned-crazed ivory hunter "Dr. Alan Feinstone", Corbin reached cult horror status. The movie spawned a sequel in which he also served as associate producer.Into the millennium, Corbin returned to his daytime roots with a recurring role on mother Jeanne Cooper's popular serial The Young and the Restless (1973), and is currently seen as "John Durant" on General Hospital (1963), a role he's played since 2004. A game and excitable player on reality shows, he added immeasurable fun to the "Celebrity Mole" series, and has enjoyed recurring roles on the more current and trendy The West Wing (1999), JAG (1995), Cuts (2005) and Psych (2006).Of late, Corbin has decided to tackle the business end of show biz. In 2004, he formed Public Media Works, a film/TV production company in order to exert more creative control over his projects. On top of the list is the loopy film comedy Carpool Guy (2005), which he directed, produced and co-starred in. It features more than 10 of the currently reigning soap opera stars, including a wildly eccentric Anthony Geary in the title role, and, of course, his irrepressible real-life mom, Jeanne Cooper.Obviously, his errant on-camera antics does not reflect a similar personal lifestyle for Corbin as he has been happily married (since 1988) to lovely British actress Amanda Pays. They have appeared together in the sci-fi film Spacejacked (1997) and the TV-movies Dead on the Money (1991) and The Santa Trap (2002), among others. The couple have four children, including twin boys. Just a few years ago, they relocated to Los Angeles after living in England for some time. In between, he still shows off as a master carpenter at home and continues to dabble in writing. Perseverance and dedication has played a large part in the acting success of Corbin Bernsen. Gleaning a savvy, take-charge approach hasn't hurt either -- characteristics worthy of many of the sharpies he's played on screen.

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Sep 7, 1954 In North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series The Waltons 1972-09-14
Latest Project:
Series Grace and Frankie 2015-05-08

Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 4 nominations.

Known For
Poster of Psych
Poster of L.A. Law
Grace and Frankie Unknown 2015-05-08
Scorpion Unknown 2014-09-22
NCIS: New Orleans Unknown 2014-09-23
Motive Unknown 2013-05-23
Anger Management Unknown 2012-06-28
Switched at Birth Unknown 2011-06-06
Conan Unknown 2010-11-08
The Glades Unknown 2010-07-11
Hawaii Five-0 Unknown 2010-09-20
Castle Unknown 2009
The League Unknown 2009-10-29
Celebrity Ghost Stories Unknown 2008-10-25
Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job! Unknown 2007-02-11
Psych Henry Spencer / ... 120 episodes, 2006-2014 2006-07-07
The New Adventures of Old Christine Unknown 2006-03-13
Criminal Minds Unknown 2005-09-22
Masters of Horror Unknown 2005-10-28
Boston Legal Unknown 2004-10-03
Dragnet Unknown 2003-02-02
Miss Match Unknown 2003-09-26
Law & Order: Criminal Intent Unknown 2001-09-30
The Mole Unknown 2001-01-09
Son of the Beach Unknown 2000-03-13
Yes, Dear Unknown 2000-10-02
The West Wing Unknown 1999-09-22
Third Watch Unknown 1999-09-23
V.I.P. Unknown 1998-09-26
Just Shoot Me! Unknown 1997
Nash Bridges Unknown 1996-03-29
7th Heaven Unknown 1996-08-26
The Outer Limits Unknown 1995-03-26
JAG Unknown 1995-09-23
Touched by an Angel Unknown 1994-09-21
NYPD Blue Unknown 1993-09-21
The Nanny Unknown 1993-11-03
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
The Larry Sanders Show Unknown 1992-08-15
Seinfeld Unknown 1989-07-05
Baywatch Unknown 1989-09-22
In the Heat of the Night Unknown 1988-03-06
Out of This World Unknown 1987-09-06
Star Trek: The Next Generation Unknown 1987-09-26
Matlock Unknown 1986-03-03
L.A. Law Arnie Becker 171 episodes, 1986-1994 1986-09-15
Wheel of Fortune Unknown 1983-09-19
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
Police Story Unknown 1973-03-20
The Waltons Unknown 1972-09-14
ABC Afterschool Specials Unknown 1972-10-04