Corbin Bernsen

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Corbin Bernsen
Corbin Bernsen by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Corbin Bernsen, 2013
BornCorbin Dean Bernsen
(1954-09-07) September 7, 1954 (age 60)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active1967–present
Known forLA Law
LA Law: The Movie
Spouse(s)Amanda Pays (1988–present; 4 children)
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Corbin Bernsen
Corbin Bernsen by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Corbin Bernsen, 2013
BornCorbin Dean Bernsen
(1954-09-07) September 7, 1954 (age 60)
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
OccupationActor, director
Years active1967–present
Known forLA Law
LA Law: The Movie
Spouse(s)Amanda Pays (1988–present; 4 children)

Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor and director, known for his work on television. He is known for his roles as divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama series L.A. Law,[1] as Dr. Alan Feinstone in The Dentist, as retired police detective Henry Spencer on the USA Network comedy-drama series Psych, and as Roger Dorn in the films Major League, Major League II, and Major League: Back to the Minors. He has also appeared regularly on other shows, including General Hospital and Cuts.

Early life[edit]

Bernsen was born in North Hollywood, California, the son of Harry Bernsen, Jr., a Hollywood producer, and veteran soap actress Jeanne Cooper, who appeared on The Young and the Restless.[1][2] He graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1972. Bernsen is also a "double Bruin," having received both a BA in Theatre Arts in 1977 and an MFA in Playwriting in 1979 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).[3][4]

Acting career[edit]

After a two-year appearance on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope,[1] Bernsen was cast as lawyer Arnold Becker on the new Steven Bochco television series, L.A. Law in 1986. The series became a huge hit, and the role earned him Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, appearances on dozens of magazine covers, and guest-starring roles on shows such as Seinfeld and The Larry Sanders Show.[1] He was one of the few actors to remain on L.A. Law for the entire run of the show, until it ended in 1994.

Bernsen appeared with the British actor Bruce Payne in the films Kounterfeit and Aurora: Operation Intercept. He starred as the title character, Dr. Alan Feinstone, in the horror film The Dentist and its sequel. Bernsen was also cast as primadonna 3rd baseman, Roger Dorn, in the sports comedy Major League and appeared in both of the film's sequels. Bernsen appeared on General Hospital, where he portrayed John Durant from September 2004 until the character was murdered in May 2006.

Bernsen played Jack Sherwood on Cuts, appeared twice on Celebrity Mole, and played a lawyer on Boston Legal. He appeared as Q2 on Star Trek: The Next Generation. He also had a recurring role as Captain Owen Sebring on the military drama JAG and played a Republican senator on two episodes of The West Wing. He directed, produced and appeared in the horror film Dead Air. Bernsen also co-starred in USA's Psych, playing the role of Henry Spencer, the father of the main character, Shawn Spencer (James Roday). In the film Rust, Bernsen played a former minister who returns to his hometown.

Corbin Bernsen also appears in the official music video of "Howlin' For You", by The Black Keys.

Bernsen at the 39th Emmy Awards in 1987

Bernsen is currently directing a film titled 25 Hill, which is centered around the All-American Soap Box Derby, and is planning a baseball movie about zombies, called "Three Strikes, You’re Dead."[5]

He also appeared as a guest star in Switched at Birth, the ABC Family television series in season 1, episode 22 (2012), "Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time".

Producing career[edit]

Bernsen was president and co-owner of Public Media Works, a new media company that develops entertainment for targeted fan bases.[6] He directed and starred in Carpool Guy, the company's first film; it was targeted at soap opera fans[7] and released on DVD in 2005.

Bernsen then went on to form Team Cherokee Productions led him to follow up with Kyle MacDonald, the blogger behind one red paperclip. According to the book One Red Paperclip, in June 2006, Bernsen traded a role in the Team Cherokee Productions film Donna on Demand to the book's author, blogger Kyle MacDonald, for a snow globe of the band KISS. It was for this role that MacDonald eventually traded for a two-storey farm house.[8]

Through his participation with the Red Paper Clip, Bernsen was introduced to the town of Kipling. It is here, along with the death of his father, that Bernsen was inspired to begin making religious films. His first such film was RUST, released in 2010 by Sony Pictures. Bernsen, along with his producing partner Chris Aronoff, decided to form Home Theater Films, an independent production company that, develops, produces and markets films and television shows this market. 25 Hill, which he also wrote and directed, is the first title from his newly formed company and was released in July 2012. This was followed by 3 Day Test (2012) and Beyond the Heavens (2013). Currently Bernsen is in post-production on another project, Christian Mingle coming in Fall 2014 from Capitol.

Personal life[edit]

Bernsen has been married to British actress Amanda Pays since 1988.[9] They have four sons.[10][11]

In 2008, Bernsen and his family appeared on the NBC show Celebrity Family Feud, defeating the Margaret Cho family before losing to the crew from American Chopper.

Bernsen has one of the largest snow globe collections in the world. Bernsen said in an interview on Marie by Marie Osmond on January 21, 2013 that he had 8000 snow globes in his collection.

Bernsen is a Christian and often involves Christian-based themes in his films.



1974Three the Hard WayBoy
1976Eat My DustRoy Puire
1987Dead AimWebster
1987Hello AgainJason Chadman
1988Mickey's 60th BirthdayArnie BeckerTelevision movie
1989Bert Rigby, You're a FoolJim Shirley
1989Major LeagueRoger Dorn
1989Disorganized CrimeFrank Salazar
1989Breaking PointPikeTelevision movie
1991Line of Fire: The Morris Dees StoryMorris DeesTelevision movie
1991ShatteredJeb Scott
1991Dead on the MoneyCarter MatthewsTelevision movie
1992Grass RootsWill LeeTelevision movie
1992Frozen AssetsZach Shepard
1992Ring of the MusketeersHarryTelevision movie
1992Love Can Be MurderNick PeytonTelevision movie
1993Fatal InheritanceWoodward Dawes
1993Ghost BrigadeCol. Nehemiah Strayn
1993Beyond SuspicionStanTelevision movie
1994Guns of HonorBrent MallickTelevision movie
1994The Soft KillMartin Lewis
1994Bud Bowl VCoach of Team Bud Light
1994A Brilliant DisguiseDr. Martin
1994Trigger FastBrent Mallick
1994I Know My Son Is AliveDr. Mark ElshantTelevision movie
1994Final MissionGeneral Morgan Breslaw
1994Major League IIRoger Dorn
1994Savage LandQuint
1994The New AgeKevin Bulasky
1994Where Are My Children?Tom ScottTelevision movie
1994Radioland MurdersDexter Morris
1995Someone to Die ForJack Davis
1995Cover MeAndre Solloway
1995Dangerous IntentionsTom Williamson
1995Aurora: Operation InterceptFlight Engineer Murphy
1995Tales from the HoodDuke Metger
1995Tails You Live, Heads You're DeadNeil Jones/Roy Francis NetterTelevision movie
1995Murderous IntentBriceTelevision movie
1996BloodhoundsHarrison CoyleTelevision movie
1996Murder on the Iditarod TrailAlex JensenTelevision movie
1996BajaJohn Stone
1996The DentistDr. Alan Feinstone
1996The Great White HypePeter Prince
1996InhumanoidFoster CarverTelevision movie
1996Bloodhounds IIHarrison CoyleTelevision movie
1996Full CircleHarrison WinslowTelevision movie
1997An American AffairDist. Atty. Sam Brady/Sen. John Crawford
1997Menno's MindFelix Medina
1997Tidal Wave: No EscapeJohn WahlTelevision movie
1997KounterfeitMarty Hopkins
1998The Fairy King of ArRob Preston
1998Loyal Opposition: Terror in the White HouseSecret Service Agent John GrayTelevision movie
1998Major League: Back to the MinorsRoger Dorn
1998The Dentist 2Dr. Alan Feinstone
1998Riddler's MoonGeorgeTelevision movie
1998Recipe for RevengeDr. Chester WinnifieldTelevision movie
1998The Misadventures of MargaretArt Turner
1998Young Hearts UnlimitedBrianTelevision movie
1999Kiss of a StrangerMason
1999Two of HeartsBruce SaundersTelevision movie
2000Borderline NormalBenjiman Walling
2000RangersThe Senator
2001Apocalypse IV: JudgmentMitch Kendrick
2001FangsCarl Hart
2001The Tomorrow ManLarry
2001Final PaybackMayor Richardson
2001Killer InstinctJennings Wilhite
2001RaptorDr. Hyde
2002I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa ClausDavid Carver
2002Gentle BenFog BensonTelevision movie
2002L.A. Law: The MovieArnie BeckerTelevision movie
2002Atomic TwisterSheriff C. B. BishopTelevision movie
2002Dead Above GroundMark Mallory
2002The Santa TrapChief Tom SpivakTelevision movie
2003Gentle Ben 2Fog BensonTelevision movie
2003Love Comes SoftlyBen GrahamTelevision movie
2003The CommissionRep. Gerald R. Ford
2004Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi FleissSteveTelevision movie
2004They Are Among UsNorbertTelevision movie
2004Nightmare BoulevardJerry Martin
2005Raging SharksCapt. Riley
2005Kiss Kiss Bang BangHarlan DexterNominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
2005Ordinary MiraclesDavid WoodburyTelevision movie
2005Carpool GuyMichael
2006The Naked ApeMr. Feldman
2006PaidWilliam Montague
2006Last SunsetJohn Wayne
2008House of FallenRowland
2008Depth ChargeCaptain RichardsTelevision movie
2008VipersBurtonTelevision movie
2008Confessions of a Go-Go GirlNick HarveyTelevision movie
2008For the Love of GraceCaptain WashingtonTelevision movie
2009Donna on DemandBen CorbinAlso director
2009Dead AirDr. FAlso director
2010RustJames MooreAlso director, writer, and producer
201025 HillRoy GibbsAlso director, writer, and producer
20123 Day TestTomAlso director and writer


1979Flying HighDan EllisonEpisode: "It Was Just One of Those Days"
1980The WaltonsCaseyEpisode: "The Medal"
1984–1985Ryan's HopeKen Graham5 episodes
1986–1994L.A. LawArnie Becker171 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1989–90)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1987–88)
1987MatlockHimselfEpisode: "The Network"
1988Mickey's 60th BirthdayArnie BeckerTV Special
1990Saturday Night LiveHimselfEpisode: "Corbin Bernsen/The Smithereens"
1990Star Trek: The Next GenerationQ (uncredited)Episode: "Deja Q"
1990Dear JohnBlake McCarronEpisode: "Hole in One"
1991Out of This WorldChadEpisode: "Evie Nightinggale"
1992SeinfeldHimselfEpisode: "The Trip: Part 1"
1993RocJim LarsonEpisode: "The Millionaire Brother"
1994The NannyGlen MitchellEpisode: "Stock Tip"
1994The ExtraordinaryHimself (Host)
1995A Whole New BallgameBrett Sooner7 episodes
1995In the Heat of the NightFrank ColeEpisode: "By Duty Bound"
1996–1997The CapeUSAF Col. Henry 'Bull' Eckert17 episodes
1997Touched by an AngelEric WeissEpisode: "Angel of Death"
1999Tracey Takes On...Jack DaytonEpisode: "Dating"
19997th HeavenTed GrantEpisode: "Sometime's That's Just the Way It Is"
1999Twice in a LifetimeRoger Stovall/Bill WaterEpisode: "Death and Taxes"
1999Nash BridgesEdward JansenEpisode: "Trade Off"
1999–2004JAGCaptain Owen Sebring8 episodes
2000Battery ParkMichaelEpisode: "Rabbit Punch"
2000The Outer LimitsVirgil NygardEpisode: "Abaddon"
2000Son of the BeachBig Red JohnsonEpisode: "Miso Honei"
2000Beggars and ChoosersSandy PeretzEpisode: "Killer Sushi"
2000Yes, DearGary WaldenEpisode: "Jimmy Gets a Job"
2000BaywatchBarry PoeEpisode: "Ties That Bind"
2001The West WingHenry Shallick2 episodes
2001V.I.P.Zack HenleyEpisode: "Val in Carnation"
2001Jack & JillPaul Barrett2 episodes
2001Citizen BainesNicholas TasslerEpisode: "Three Days in November"
2002The Weakest LinkHimselfEpisode: "L.A. Law Edition"
2003Miss MatchStu 'Dr. Love' ScottEpisode: "Divorce Happens"
2003L.A. DragnetRichard AtkinsEpisode: "All That Glitters"
2003Celebrity Mole: HawaiiHimself3 episodes
2004Third WatchCarter SavageEpisode: "Rat Bastard"
2004NYPD BlueBob CavanaughEpisode: "I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid"
2004Celebrity Mole: YucatanHimself2 episodes
2004-2013The Young and the RestlessFather Todd Williams12 episodes
2004–2006General HospitalJohn Durant5 episodes
2005Palmetto PointeOld BallplayerEpisode: "All That You Can't Leave Behind"
2005Law & Order: Criminal IntentWilliam HendryEpisode: "Prisoner"
2005–2006CutsJack Sherwood12 episodes
2006Wheel of FortuneHimselfEpisode: "Soap Stars 4"
2006Boston LegalEli GrangerEpisode: "...There's Fire!"
2006–2014PsychHenry Spencer111 episodes
2007Masters of HorrorIraEpisode: "Right to Die"
2009The New Adventures of Old ChristineHowardEpisode: "For Love or Money"
2011CastleLance HastingsEpisode: "One Life to Lose"
2011Criminal MindsJerry GrandinEpisode: "Today I Do"
2012Switched at BirthJames Wilkes Jr.Episode: "Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time"
2013The GladesMichael Longworth3 episodes
2014MotiveDr. MatthewsEpisode: "Deception"


  1. ^ a b c d Biography from a USA Network website for Psych
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  3. ^ "MSN Bio". 1954-09-07. Retrieved 2013-03-11. 
  4. ^ "NOTABLE ALUMNI ACTORS". UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  5. ^ Corbin Bernsen planning zombie baseball movie
  6. ^ Summary of Public Media Works from the OTC Bulletin Board website
  7. ^ Interview with Bernsen from Soap Opera Digest
  8. ^ Podcast featuring in its second-half an interview with Bernsen (in MP3 format) by a "new marketing" podcaster
  9. ^ Ryan, Ruth (16 May 2004). "Corbin Bernsen, wife list renovated home". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  10. ^ Nicki Gostin (21 October 2010). "Corbin Bernsen Talks Religion, Fatherhood". Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  11. ^ David Hiltbrand (18 July 2008). "Bernsen is loving every role, as Mom advised". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 

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