Corbin Bernsen

Corbin Bernsen

Psych  ♦  L.A. Law  ♦  Kiss Kiss Bang Bang  ♦  Major League I and III  ♦  The Young & the Restless  ♦  JAG

Corbin Bernsen stars as Henry Spencer in the USA Network original series PSYCH, also starring James Roday and Dulé Hill.

Bernsen is also forging ahead as a prolific writer, producer and director, creating films for his Home Theater Films production and distribution banner.

As an actor, Bernsen recently completed a role as actress Rebecca Hall’s father in the indie comedy “Lay The Favorite” starring Bruce Willis, Vince Vaughn and Catherine Zeta Jones, directed by Stephen Frears. He also appears in the comedy “The Big Year,” directed by David Frankel for Fox 2000, starring Owen Wilson, Jack Black and Steve Martin.

For his Home Theater Films distribution banner, Bernsen recently completed writing, producing, directing and starring in the All-American Soap Box Derby film, “25 Hill” which also stars Nathan Gamble (“Dolphin Tale”), Rolonda Watts (“Days of Our Lives”), Bailee Madison (“Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark”), Tim Omundson (PSYCH, “Mission Impossible III”), Maureen Flannigan (“7th Heaven”, “A Day Without A Mexican”), Ralph Waite (“The Bodyguard”), Meg Foster (“They Live”) and Michael Tucker (“L.A. Law,” “D2: The Mighty Ducks”) which he shot on location in Akron, Ohio. The film will be released in the Spring of 2012.

Bernsen also just completed starring, writing and directing “Barlowe Mann,” an inspirational family drama. The film is a co-production between Home Theater Films and the small town of Provost, Alberta, Canada (Population: 2000) which helped finance the film, which stars Bernsen, Nathan Gamble (“Dolphin Tale”, “Batman Returns”), Dendrie Taylor (“The Fighter”) and Bruce Davison (“X-Men”).

Previously, Bernsen starred in, wrote, produced and directed the drama “Rust,” for his production company in which Bernsen plays a minister who returns to his hometown to make sense of the aftermath of a local tragedy. The film, shot in the small town of Kipling, Canada, was released by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment in October 2010.

Bernsen 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 the long-running “L.A. Law” series.

“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 he starred opposite Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in the Warner Brothers feature “Kiss, Kiss Bang Bang,” written and directed by Shane Black (“Lethal Weapon”).

Bernsen has also starred in an impressive string of films for television including the romance western “Love Comes Softly” for The Hallmark Channel with Katherine Heigl, “Right To Die”, a film in the Showtime series “Masters Of Horror; Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story,” in which he portrayed the role of civil rights lawyer Morris Dees; and “Love Can Be Murder,” as a gumshoe ghost in the lighthearted NBC mystery romance with Jaclyn Smith. 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.” guest star roles on the primetime series “Law And Order: Criminal Intent,” “NYPD Blue,” “West Wing,” “Boston Legal,” “The New Adventures Of Old Christine,” “Criminal Minds” and “Castle.”

In addition to his acting, producing, writing and directing chores, Corbin has one of the largest snow globe collections in the world, in excess of over 8000, which he keeps displayed at his production company.

The eldest of three children, Bernsen was born in North Hollywood to a producer father and his mother, actress Jeanne Cooper who has starred as Katherine Chancellor on the CBS soap “The Young And The Restless” for over 38 years who he continues to draw inspiration from.

Bernsen makes his home in Los Angeles with his wife, actress Amanda Pays and their four sons.

 

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