Known for his hefty portrayals of cops, military men
and patriarchal figures on both television and film, Barry Corbin currently
plays Coach Whitey Durham, the tough-minded but fair basketball coach on the
hit WB television series, One Tree Hill. Corbin gained fame and was
nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Maurice Minnifield, former
astronaut-turned-entrepreneur and all around big-shot, on the popular and
critically acclaimed CBS series, Northern Exposure.
Born and raised in Lamesa, Texas, Corbin attended Texas Technical University
where he studied Drama. He moved to New York to pursue acting after
spending two years with the Marine Corps. For nearly a decade, he starred
in a string of stage productions before moving to Los Angeles. While
writing plays for National Public Radio, he landed the role of Uncle Bob in
the hit 1977 film Urban Cowboy, which launched his prolific career.
Since that break, Corbin's well-known film roles have included Lonesome
Dove, War Games, Nothing in Common, The Best Little Whorehouse
in Texas, Who's Harry Crumb?, Career Opportunities,
Ghost Dad, Curdled, Solo, Inconvenienced, and
Corbin has starred on Broadway, off-Broadway and in regional
theater in such roles as Henry in Henry V, Jud in Oklahoma!,
Henry II in Beckett, Falstaff in The Merry Wives of Windsor
and Macbeth, among others. Corbin also performs a one-man traveling
show, which he co-wrote, called Charlie Goodnight's Last Night about
the celebrated Texas cowboy. He can next be seen opposite Tommy Lee
Jones in the Coen Brothers film No Country for Old Men.
Corbin currently shares a ranch with his daughter and three grandchildren in
Fort Worth where they raise horses and cattle.