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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 16 October 1940Lamesa, Texas, USA
Birth NameLeonard Barrie Corbin
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Barry's full given name is Leonard Barrie Corbin, and he was born on October 16, 1940, to Kilmer Blain Corbin, an attorney, and Alma Corbin, an elementary school teacher in Lamesa, Texas. Barry has a daughter named Shannon Ross, with whom he shares his 15-acre ranch in Fort Worth, Texas, when he isn't working. He says that he rides horses there every chance he gets.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Nikki2191

Spouse (2)

Susan Berger (29 May 1976 - 14 June 1993) (divorced) (2 children)
Elyse Soap (1966 - 1970) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (18)

Father of Shannon Corbin (b. 1965), Bernard Corbin (b. 1970), Jim Barry Corbin (b. 1979) and Christopher Corbin (b. 1982). Grandfather of Jordan Walker Ross.
A daughter that he didn't know he had, found him in 1991.
Served in the United States Marine Corps.
Played General Carville in the Red Alert and Red Alert 2 computer games.
Graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.
Has appeared in both of the famous mechanical bull movies of 1980: Urban Cowboy (1980) and Stir Crazy (1980).
Is the official "Station Voice" of KPLX-FM 99.5 The Wolf in Dallas, Texas.
Won the Buffalo Bill Cody Award for quality family entertainment and the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame for his performance in Conagher (1991). He was also nominated for the Media Owl Award, the American Television Award, and the Emmy Award for his work in Northern Exposure (1990).
Like his father, he attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. He appeared in a number of college plays from 1960 through 1964, including "The Merry Wives of Windsor" (as Falstaff), "The Imaginary Invalid" (title role), "A View from the Bridge" (as Tony), and Ondine (as Auguste).
His family originally came from Virginia where they were farmers. Eventually the family wound up in Texas. The eldest of three children, his father, Kilmer Blaine Corbin, was a lawyer, judge and school principal. He was also the youngest State Senator at the time he entered the Senate at age 26. He served two terms before being beaten. Mother Alma was an elementary school teacher.
At age 21, Barry left his Texas university to join the Marine Corps and spent about two years at Camp Pendleton in California, training South Vietnamese officers. He remained in the Marine Corps Reserve, rejoining the 40th Rifle Company in Lubbock, Texas, as an assistant Browning Automatic Rifle (BAR) man. He was discharged in August 1963.
He lost most of his hair in the 1990s due to a condition called alopecia areata; since then, he often appears on screen either with his head shaved or wearing a hat.
Was considered for the role of C.D. Parker on Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), which went to Noble Willingham.
Has played in the same weekly poker game as Ray Corasani in Arlington, Texas.
Longtime friends with G.W. Bailey. Bailey credits Barry with talking him out of studying law and to pursue acting while they were both students at Texas Tech University.
Inducted into the Texas Film Hall of Fame on March 8, 2012 in Austin, Texas.
Best known by the public for his starring role as Maurice Minnifield on Northern Exposure (1990).
Acting mentor and friends of: Rob Morrow, Janine Turner and Cynthia Geary.

Personal Quotes (8)

I love Westerns!
Bill Cosby, you know, he's a delightful guy.
I think for the last fifteen, twenty years or so, Hollywood has underestimated the appeal of the Western. I think there is still a huge market.
I read that book, 'Lonesome Dove,' and I told my agent that they were gonna make a miniseries out of it and I wanted to be in it. I didn't care what part.
I worked on 'Lonesome Dove' three weeks all together. When I heard they were doing it, I wanted to be involved since I'd read the book.
For an actor, you're rejected eight or ten times a day. All you've got to sell is yourself. You're not selling products, they're not turning down a car, they're turning you down. Most people can't handle that. Most people are essentially not set up that way.
Henry Fonda one time said that every time he had a job, he thought it was gonna' be the last one. And, if you got any sense, you gotta' think that because, you know when somebody's gonna do a dip, some of 'em go pretty far down.
We still need to feed the public, both physically and intellectually.

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