Corbin Bernsen

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

Early life

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

Acting career

After a two-year appearance on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope, 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. He was one of the few actors to remain on L.A. Law for the entire run 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 currently co-stars 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 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."

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

Bernsen is noted for borrowing Philadelphia radio personality Spike Eskin's peacoat in the hit movie Calendar Girl.

Producing career

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

Bernsen's role at Public Media Works 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 Public Media Works 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-story farm house.

Bernsen is the founder and head of Team Cherokee Productions, an independent production company that, similar to Public Media Works, develops, produces and markets films and television shows for targeted fan bases. Along with Bernsen, the company is run by James Greilick, who is in charge of development. The company's latest film, RUST, was released in 2010.

Personal life

Bernsen has been married to British actress Amanda Pays since 1988. They have four sons.

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's mother is of Cherokee heritage.

Bernsen has one of the biggest snow globe collections in the world, with almost 7,000 snow globes.


Year Film Role Notes
1967 Clambake Boy uncredited
1974 Three the Hard Way Boy
1976 Eat My Dust Roy Puire
1987 Dead Aim Webster
Hello Again Jason Chadman
1988 Mickey's 60th Birthday Arnie Becker TV film
1989 Bert Rigby, You're a Fool Jim Shirley
Major League Roger Dorn
Disorganized Crime Frank Salazar
Breaking Point Pike TV film
1991 Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story Morris Dees TV film
Shattered Jeb Scott
Dead on the Money Carter Matthews TV film
1992 Grass Roots Will Lee TV film
Frozen Assets Zach Shepard
Ring of the Musketeers Harry TV film
Love Can Be Murder Nick Peyton TV film
1993 Fatal Inheritance Woodward Dawes
Ghost Brigade Col. Nehemiah Strayn
Beyond Suspicion Stan TV film
1994 Guns of Honor Brent Mallick TV film
The Soft Kill Martin Lewis
Bud Bowl V Coach of Team Bud Light
A Brilliant Disguise Dr. Martin
Trigger Fast Brent Mallick
I Know My Son Is Alive Dr. Mark Elshant TV film
Final Mission General Morgan Breslaw
Major League II Roger Dorn
Savage Land Quint
The New Age Kevin Bulasky
Where Are My Children? Tom Scott TV film
Radioland Murders Dexter Morris
1995 Someone to Die For Jack Davis
Cover Me Andre Solloway
Dangerous Intentions Tom Williamson
Aurora: Operation Intercept Flight Engineer Murphy
Tales from the Hood Duke Metger
Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead Neil Jones/Roy Francis Netter TV film
Murderous Intent Brice TV film
Temptress Nick
1996 Bloodhounds Harrison Coyle TV film
Murder on the Iditarod Trail Alex Jensen TV film
Baja John Stone
The Dentist Dr. Alan Feinstone
The Great White Hype Peter Prince
Inhumanoid Foster Carver TV film
Bloodhounds II Harrison Coyle TV film
Full Circle Harrison Winslow TV film
1997 An American Affair Dist. Atty. Sam Brady/Sen. John Crawford
Menno's Mind Felix Medina
Tidal Wave: No Escape John Wahl TV film
Kounterfeit Marty Hopkins
Spacejacked Barnes
1998 The Fairy King of Ar Rob Preston a.k.a. Beings
Loyal Opposition: Terror in the White House Secret Service Agent John Gray TV film
Major League: Back to the Minors Roger Dorn
The Dentist 2 Dr. Alan Feinstone
Riddler's Moon George TV film
Recipe for Revenge Dr. Chester Winnifield TV film
The Misadventures of Margaret Art Turner
Young Hearts Unlimited Brian TV film
1999 Kiss of a Stranger Mason
Two of Hearts Bruce Saunders TV film
2000 Borderline Normal Benjiman Walling
Rangers The Senator
2001 Apocalypse IV: Judgment Mitch Kendrick
Fangs Carl Hart
The Tomorrow Man Larry
Final Payback Mayor Richardson
Killer Instinct Jennings Wilhite
Raptor Dr. Hyde
2002 I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus David Carver
Gentle Ben Fog Benson TV film
L.A. Law: The Movie Arnie Becker TV film
Atomic Twister Sheriff C. B. Bishop TV film
Dead Above Ground Mark Mallory
The Santa Trap Chief Tom Spivak TV film
2003 Gentle Ben 2 Fog Benson TV film
Love Comes Softly Ben Graham TV film
The Commission Rep. Gerald R. Ford
2004 Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss Steve TV film
They Are Among Us Norbert TV film
Nightmare Boulevard Jerry Martin
2005 Raging Sharks Capt. Riley
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Harlan Dexter
Ordinary Miracles David Woodbury TV film
Carpool Guy Michael
2006 Submission Max
The Naked Ape Mr. Feldman
Paid William Montague
Last Sunset John Wayne
2008 House of Fallen Rowland
Depth Charge Captain Richards TV film
Vipers Burton TV film
Confessions of a Go-Go Girl Nick Harvey TV film
For the Love of Grace Captain Washington TV film
2009 Donna on Demand Ben Corbin Also director
Dead Air Dr. F Also director
2010 Rust James Moore Also director, writer, & producer
25 Hill Roy Gibbs Also director, writer, & producer
2012 3 Day Test Tom Also director, writer
Year Title Role Notes
1979 Flying High Dan Ellison 1 episode
1980 The Waltons Casey 1 episode
1984"1985 Ryan's Hope Ken Graham 5 episodes
1986"1994 L.A. Law Arnie Becker 171 episodes
1990 Saturday Night Live Himself 1 episode
Star Trek: The Next Generation Q (uncredited) 1 episode
Dear John Blake McCarron 1 episode
1991 Out of This World Chad 1 episode
1992 Seinfeld Himself 1 episode
1993 Roc Jim Larson 1 episode
1994 The Nanny Glen Mitchell 1 episode
1995 A Whole New Ballgame Brett Sooner 7 episodes
In the Heat of the Night Frank Cole 1 episode
1996"1997 The Cape USAF Col. Henry 'Bull' Eckert 17 episodes
1997 Touched by an Angel Eric Weiss 1 episode
1999 Tracey Takes On... Jack Dayton 1 episode
7th Heaven Ted Grant 1 episode
Twice in a Lifetime Roger Stovall/Bill Water 1 episode
Nash Bridges Edward Jansen 1 episode
1999"2004 JAG Captain Owen Sebring 8 Episodes
2000 Battery Park Michael 1 episode
The Outer Limits Virgil Nygard 1 episode
Son of the Beach Big Red Johnson 1 episode
Beggars and Choosers Sandy Peretz 1 episode
Yes, Dear Gary Walden 1 episode
Baywatch Barry Poe 1 episode
2001 The West Wing Henry Shallick 2 episodes
V.I.P. Zack Henley 1 episode
Jack & Jill Paul Barrett 2 episodes
Citizen Baines Nicholas Tassler 1 episode
2003 Miss Match Stu 'Dr. Love' Scott 1 episode
L.A. Dragnet Richard Atkins 1 episode
Celebrity Mole: Hawaii Himself 3 episodes
2004 Third Watch Carter Savage 1 episode
NYPD Blue Bob Cavanaugh 1 episode
Celebrity Mole: Yucatan Himself 2 episodes
2004, 2009"2010, 2012 The Young and the Restless Father Todd Williams 12 episodes
2004"2006 General Hospital John Durant
2005 Palmetto Pointe Old Ballplayer 1 episode
Law & Order: Criminal Intent William Hendry 1 episode
2005"2006 Cuts Jack Sherwood 12 episodes
2006 Boston Legal Eli Granger 1 episode
2006"Present Psych Henry Spencer 95 episodes
2007 Masters of Horror Ira 1 episode
2009 The New Adventures of Old Christine Howard 1 episode
2011 Castle Lance Hastings 1 episode
2011 Criminal Minds Jerry Grandin 1 episode
Video Games
Year Title Role Notes
1997 Blue Heat: The Case of the Cover Girl Murders Andre Solloway

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