John Corbett

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John Corbett
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Corbett in April 2007
BornJohn Joseph Corbett, Jr.
(1961-05-09) May 9, 1961 (age 53)
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1987–present
Partner(s)Bo Derek (2002–present)
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John Corbett
Corbett, John (DOD).jpg
Corbett in April 2007
BornJohn Joseph Corbett, Jr.
(1961-05-09) May 9, 1961 (age 53)
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
OccupationActor, singer
Years active1987–present
Partner(s)Bo Derek (2002–present)

John Joseph Corbett, Jr. (born May 9, 1961) is an American actor and country music singer.[1] He is best known for playing Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995; and Aidan, Carrie Bradshaw's boyfriend, on Sex and the City—a role which he reprised for the series movie sequel Sex and the City 2. He also played the leading male role opposite Nia Vardalos in Vardalos's hit film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). He starred in United States of Tara as Max Gregson, and has appeared on NBC dramedy Parenthood as Seth Holt. Corbett started his acting career in television commercials, and in recent years, he has done TV and radio voiceovers for Applebee's Restaurants and Walgreens drug stores, among others. Aside from acting, Corbett has recorded and released two country music albums.

Early life[edit]

Corbett was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on May 9, 1961, the son of John Joseph Corbett, Sr. He lived with his mother in an apartment block near the Ohio River in West Virginia. His mother was a waitress who worked in his uncle's music club.[2] Corbett attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School where he graduated in 1979.[3] He started playing the guitar at age 7, and at 16 he had a job as a security guard at the Capitol Music Hall.[4] Following his graduation from high school, Corbett moved to California, and worked in a steel factory for six years.[5] During his time as a boilermaker in the factory, Corbett spent a year training to become an L.A. County Deputy Sheriff, but ultimately failed.[6] He stopped working at the factory when he got injured, and went to Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. There he took acting classes, and studied hair dressing, for a year.[7] Corbett said: "I went to hair school by day and studied theatre at night."[8] He is a licensed hair stylist since 1986.[9] He then landed a Samsung commercial, and after three years he had starred in 50 national commercials.[10]


Corbett at the 44th Primetime Emmy Awards in August 1992

Corbett's first major role was as the hippie boyfriend of Karen Arnold in season 1, episode 4 ("Angel"), of The Wonder Years in 1988, but was credited as "Jack Corbett." Corbett has co-starred in three successful television series to date: Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995, Sex and the City (spanning 22 episodes from 2001 to 2002), and United States of Tara (2009–2011).

Corbett played the leading role in two short-lived television series. The first was the 1997 sci-fi series, The Visitor, in which Corbett played Adam MacArthur, a man abducted by aliens, only to find his way home 50 years later and endowed with unearthly powers. In 2003 he starred in his second series, Lucky, which was about a professional poker player, Michael 'Lucky' Linkletter, living in Las Vegas.

Corbett played a Hospital Administrator, Board Member at Salem (MA) University Hospital on the NBC Television Series, Days Of Our Lives in a special guest starring role appearing for 2 episodes in late-December 1995, and reprised the role for 2 episodes in a cameo guest appearance in early March 1996.

Corbett's film credits include Tombstone, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Raising Helen, Dreamland and The Messengers. Corbett appeared in Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, and he played the role of a music teacher in Raise Your Voice, which starred Hilary Duff. He had a cameo role as Ken Roloff in Dinner Rush (2000). Additionally, Corbett starred in the 2007 Lifetime Television film, Montana Sky, and co-starred as a corrupt LAPD vice squad member in Street Kings (2008). Corbett starred as Tom Marks, father of a little girl fighting for her life, in the Hallmark movie "November Christmas" that premiered November 28, 2010, on CBS. Corbett co-starred in the 2009–2011 Showtime series, United States of Tara opposite Toni Collette. In 2011-12, he had a recurring role on Parenthood.[11][12]In March 2013, Corbett appeared in two episodes of NCIS: Los Angeles and was considered to be the star of a NCIS spin-off series that was ultimately not produced.

Corbett provided the voiceover for Applebee's Restaurant television commercials and, since 2012, for Walgreens drug store television and radio ads.[13]

Corbett released a full-length, self-titled country music album co-produced in Nashville, TN, by D. Scott Miller and Tara Novick, on April 4, 2006, and went on tour that year to promote the album, opening for ZZ Top, Lisa Marie Presley and Charlie Daniels. Its only single, "Good to Go" (which was also recorded by Jason Aldean on his self-titled debut album), debuted at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, which was the highest debut by a new artist from an independent label,[14] and later reached a peak of No. 43. In addition Corbett was featured as a primary actor in Trisha Yearwood's music video of her 2008 single, "This Is Me You're Talking To". In 2013, Corbett released his second country album Leaving Nothin' Behind, co-produced by Jon Randall who also wrote 7 of the 10 songs.[15][16]

Personal life[edit]

Corbett was raised Roman Catholic, but is now a born-again Christian, though he doesn't attend church.[17] He has never been married, and has stated that he does not see himself getting married or having children.[18] He has been in a long-term relationship with actress Bo Derek since 2002.[19]



1991Flight of the IntruderBig Augie
1996Don't Look BackMorgan
1996Wedding Bell BluesCary Maynard Philco
1996The Morrison MurdersWalker Morrison
1997VolcanoNorman Calder
1998Countdown: The Sky's On FireDr. Evan Thorne
1999Desperate But Not SeriousJonathan
2000Dinner RushKen Roloff
2000On Hostile GroundMatt Andrews
2001Prancer ReturnsTom Sullivan
2001SerendipityLars Hammond
2001Hendrix[20]Eric Clapton
2002My Big Fat Greek WeddingIan MillerNominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003My Dinner with JimiHenry Diltz
2004Raise Your VoiceMr. Torvald
2004Elvis Has Left the BuildingMiles Taylor
2004Raising HelenPastor Dan Parker
2005Bigger Than the SkyMichael Degan/Christian
2005Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3DJack Schmitt
2007Montana SkyBen McKinnon
2007The MessengersBurwell
2008Street KingsDetective Dante Demille
2008The Burning PlainJohn
2009Baby on BoardDanny
2009I Hate Valentine's DayGreg
2010Sex and the City 2Aidan Shaw
2010Ramona and BeezusBob Quimby
2010November ChristmasTom Marks
2011Wild Oats
2011RicochetDuncan HatcherTelevision movie
2011The Hunt for the I-5 Killer"Detective Dave KomenTelevision Movie
2012A Smile as Big as the MoonMike Kersjes
2013Kiss MeChance
2015The Boy Next DoorFilming


1989The Wonder YearsLouisEpisode: "Angel"
1990–1995Northern ExposureChris Stevens110 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1995–1996Days Of Our LivesHospital Administrator Board Member4 episodes
1997–1998The VisitorAdam MacArthur13 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
1998The Warlord: Battle for the GalaxyJustin Thorpepilot for a series
2000–2003Sex and the CityAidan Shaw22 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2003LuckyMichael "Lucky" Linkletter13 episodes
2009–2011United States of TaraMax Gregson36 episodes
2011–2012ParenthoodSeth Holt8 episodes
2013NCIS: Los AngelesRoy Quaid2 episodes



TitleAlbum detailsPeak chart positions
US CountryUS HeatUS Indie
John Corbett
  • Release date: April 4, 2006
  • Label: Fun Bone/Co5
Leaving Nothin' Behind
  • Release date: February 5, 2013
  • Label: Fun Bone/Co5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart


YearSinglePeak positionsAlbum
US Country
2006"Good to Go"43John Corbett

Music videos[edit]

2005"Bottle of Whiskey"[21]Kevin Kerslake
2006"Good to Go"


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  6. ^ Murray, Rebecca (April 7, 2008). "Keanu Reeves, John Corbett, Amaury Nolasco and Jay Mohr Talk 'Street Kings'". The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Matsumoto, Jon (September 14, 1997). "John Corbett Plays With The Paranormal As Fox's 'The Visitor'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
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  11. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 17, 2010). "John Corbett Lands Arc on NBC’s ‘Parenthood’". PMC. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  12. ^ Stanhope, Kate (November 26, 2013). "Parenthood Exclusive: John Corbett Books Return Appearance". TV Guide. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  13. ^ Elliott, Stuart (September 17, 2012). "Q. and A. with Stuart Elliott". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Actor takes a stab at the role of country music star.". Billboard. 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  15. ^ Myers, Jim (February 28, 2013). "John Corbett shows love for country music on new album". The Tennessean. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Five Questions With John Corbett". ReDigi. January 29, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ Brasher, Joan. "John Corbett". The Fish. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  18. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Interview with John Corbett from 'Raise Your Voice'". Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  19. ^ "'I'm so happy,' says Bo Derek as she opens up for the first time about romance with Sex And The City's John Corbett". Daily Mail. November 4, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Hendrix (TV Movie 2000)". IMDb. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  21. ^ "CMT : Videos : John Corbett : Bottle of Whiskey". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 

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