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The eldest of three children, Bernsen was born in North Hollywood to a producer father and actress mother, Jeanne Cooper who has starred as Katherine Chancellor in the # 1 daytime soap, "The Young And The Restless" for the past 35 years. He earned his Master's in Playwriting from UCLA's Theater Arts Department, later receiving a Drama-Logue Award for his scenic design of the Pilot Theater production of "American Buffalo." After moving to New York and appearing in the off-Broadway production of "Lone Star" and a touring company of "Plaza Suite," he became a regular for two years on the daytime drama "Ryan's Hope."  Roles in Blake Edwards' "S.O.B.," "King Kong" and "Eat My Dust," in addition to guest starring credits on a number of episodic mainstays, prompted an exclusive deal with NBC, which led to his role as Arnie Becker, the shrewd and handsome divorce attorney on "L.A. Law."  "L.A. Law" catapulted Bernsen to overnight stardom. During the late 80's and early 90's, he appeared on over 50 magazine covers and earned both Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, hosted "Saturday Night Live," and appeared on "Seinfeld" and "The Larry Sanders Show." In the feature film arena, he starred in the motion picture comedy "Hello Again," followed by other critically acclaimed roles in "Disorganized Crime," Wolfgang Peterson's "Shattered," and as Cleveland Indians third baseman-turned-owner Roger Dorn in the extremely popular "Major League" series of films. Other film credits include "Tales From the Hood" and "Great White Hype" and starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in the film "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang written and directed by Shane Black.  Bernsen has also starred in animpressive string of films for television, ranging from starring in an episode of the Showtime series Masters Of Horror, "Right To Die" directed by Rob Schmidt and portrayed the role of civil rights lawyer Morris Dees in the NBC telefilm "Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story," to a gumshoe ghost in the lighthearted NBC mystery romance "Love Can Be Murder" with Jaclyn Smith who he also started with in the Hallmark telefilm "Ordinary Miracles." Other telefilm roles include "Full Circle," "Riddler's Moon," "The Dentist," "The Dentist II," "Two of Hearts" and USA Network's "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss." In addition, Bernsen starred on the UPN series "Cuts" with Shannon Elizabeth and has had memorable guest star roles on the primetime series "Law And Order: Criminal Intent," "NYPD Blue," "West Wing" and "Boston Legal."   Bernsen also continues to run his production shingle Team Cherokee Productions and on September 15 the Corbin Bernsen-starrer Donna On Demand will be released by Anthem Pictures for the US/Canada DVD market.  Bernsen, star of television's L.A. Law and the current USA Network series Psych, pokes fun at his 1980s-celebrity image in the film, which he also wrote, directed, and produced.  Donna on Demand also stars Susan Ruttan (another L.A. Law veteran, re-teaming with Bernsen); Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years); and Bernsen's real-life mother, 2008 Emmy Award winner Jeanne Cooper (The Young & the Restless).  Donna On Demand, billed as a "quirky comedy thriller" is the raunchy and quick-witted story of the last days of burned-out television actor Ben Corbin (Bernsen), still lingering on the fringes of Hollywood when he gets one last chance at glory from an unlikely source: Ned, his "biggest fan" from a hayseed town in the middle of nowhere; and a foul-mouthed ingenue named Donna (Adrienne Frantz, The Young & The Restless). Together, the three create an unlikely online sensation... But who is conning who?  In addition, Bernsen has brokered a deal with Electric Light Films to re-release his film "Carpool Guy" starring soap stars Tony Geary, Rick Hearst, Lauralee Bell, Sean Kanan, Lesli Kay which was re-released on dvd this year. Bernsen notes the uniqueness of this semi-autobiographical project, saying "This has been something I've wanted to do for a very long time. The story behind the making of this film, the incredible talent we've found, and the partnership with Antibody all came together at exactly the right moment - presenting an opportunity to explore my own profession in a dark, quirky and comedic way. It's a very personal project."  Donna is the first completed of three co-productions produced in partnership with Corbin Bernsen's Team Cherokee Productions and Antibody Films.  The second film Dead Air, a horror piece starring Bill Moseley and Pat Tallman was completed will be released on dvd October 27 by Anthem Pictures and can be ordered directly at www.deadair-movie.com and Rust, a faith-based film again starring and written by Bernsen, is scheduled to complete principal photography this June.  Team Cherokee Productions is engaged in the development, production, marketing and distribution of "tailor made" entertainment in both film and television for specifically targeted, "fan based" audiences.  By targeting these specific "dedicated" consumers, Team Cherokee Productions is able to streamline the processes associated with development, production, marketing and distribution, thus significantly reducing costs at each stage and ultimately enhancing the overall revenues generated by each project.

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