Wednesday, October 6, 2010

10/7-Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin-"Clay Johnson" on The Closer
Leonard Barrie Corbin, known as Barry Corbin (born October 16, 1940), is an American actor with more than one hundred filmtelevision and video game credits.

Corbin was born in Lamesa, the seat of Dawson County, south of Lubbock in west Texas. He graduated from Monterey High School. He was the son of the former Alma LaMerle Scott (1918–1994), a teacher, and Kilmer Blaine Corbin, Sr. (1919–1993), a school principal, a judge and a Democratic member of the Texas State Senate for two terms from 1949-1957. Corbin studied theatre arts at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. He was a United States Marine. Many of his films have been westerns, and Corbin's proficiency in the saddle is no act. He played a corrupt sheriff in the 2001 Tom Selleck Turner Network Television film Crossfire Trail. Much of his spare time is spent riding horses and tending to cattle on his small Texas ranch near Fort Worth. He volunteered his time to charity rodeos for many years. In 2006, he participated in the Lubbock centennial.Corbin has been quoted as being an avid enthusiast of riding horses.
Corbin lives on the ranch with his daughter, Shannon Ross (born 1965) and grandchildren. Corbin found Shannon in June 1991, when she was twenty-six. Shannon had been adopted as an infant; her birth mother, who had an affair with Corbin, gave up the child through the Methodist Mission Home in San Antonio, without having told Corbin of the pregnancy. Corbin has three sons: Bernard (born 1970), Jim (born 1979), andChristopher (born 1982). He and his second wife, Susan Berger, divorced in 1992.
In 2009, Corbin was inducted in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. A recent painting of Corbin has been placed at the museum exhibit.

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