Corbin Bernsen

Corbin Bernsen


9/7/1954, North Hollywood, California, USA

Birth Name

Corbin Dean Bernsen



Also Known As

Corben Bernsen, Corbin bernson, Corbin Bernson
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Corbin was born September 7th, 1954 to Harry Bernsen and actress, Jeanne Copper. He attended and graduated from UCLA with a BA degree in theatre arts and an MFA in playwrighting. His big break came when he landed the part of Kenny Graham in the ABC daytime drama…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2005, Corbin was nominated for a Satellite Award for outstanding actor in a supporting role, comedy or musical, for his role in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

    • In 1987 and 1988, Corbin was nominated for an Emmy for outstanding lead actor in a drama series for his role in L.A. Law.

    • In 1989 and 1990, Corbin was nominated for a Golden Globe for best performance by an actor in a Drama TV-Series for his role in L.A. Law.

    • Corbin is president of Public Media Works; a Television and Motion Picture Production Company with an interactive Virtual Studio.

    • While starring in L.A. Law, Corbin appeared NBC'c public service announcement The More You Know. His topic was sexually transmitted diseases.

    • Corbin Bernsen joined the launch of the Bayer Aspirin ASAP Saving Lives campaign in Washington DC after his father had a stroke and he realized he could be at risk for heart disease.

    • Corbin is a huge snow globe collector. On June 2, 2006, blogger Kyle MacDonald traded a KISS motorized snow globe to Corbin Bernsen for a role in the film Donna on Demand.

    • Corbin is the oldest out of three children. He has two younger siblings. His sister, Caren Bernsen and his brother, Collin Bernsen.

    • Corbin is a born-again Christian who also appears in Christian-themed films and programs. One of them was the 2001 production, Judgment.

    • Corbin's father is of Scandinavian descent, and his mother was born on a Cherokee reservation.

    • Corbin and his family live in Los Angeles, as of 2006. They moved there after living in England for a while.

    • Before acting, Corbin took carpentry and modeling jobs.

    • Corbin graduated from UCLA college with a BA degree in theatre arts and an MFA in playwrighting.

    • Corbin married his wife, Amanda Pays, on November 19, 1988, when she was 6 months pregnant. They now have 4 children; Oliver Miller, born March 14 1989, twins Henry Pays and Angus Moore, born March 19, 1992, and Finley, born June 9, 1998.

    • Corbin trained in Jeet Kune Do from the late Bruce Lee.

    • Corbin has over 6,000 snow globes, one of the largest collections in the world.

    • Corbin graduated from Beverly Hills High School in 1972.

    • Corbin's cousin, Rod Bernsen, is known as Southern California's #1 police news-specialist for Fox 11 News.

    • Corbin is the son of actors Jeanne Cooper and Harry Bernsen. He is also the brother of actors Collin Bernsen and Caren Bernsen.

    • Corbin is 5' 11".

    • Corbin played Jerry Martin in the movie Nightmare Boulevard.

    • Corbin played John Wayne in the movie First Offense.

    • Corbin played Mr. Feldman in the movie Big Things.

    • Corbin wrote the screenplay and served as a producer for the film 3-Day Test.

    • Corbin made his directorial debut in the film Carpool Guy.

  • Quotes

    • Corbin Bernsen: Well, acting was just in me and I tried to avoid it. I didn't want to do what my parents did, you know?

    • Corbin Bernsen: We need a space program because we need explorers. Its in our souls.

    • Corbin Bernsen: If we stop exploring space, we're going to lose the same part of us that found vaccines and penicillin, the part that searches for cures to cancer and AIDS.

    • Corbin Bernsen: I'm very much looking forward to my 30-40 years of acting, and, as I get older, I'm really looking forward to some of the roles that are out there to play.

    • Corbin Bernsen: I love to entertain, I love to make people laugh, cry, and move them, perhaps moving them in their lives.

    • Corbin Bernsen: (about his acting roles) I don't ever play the guy who really has it all. I play somebody who has a huge vacuum in his life, which makes it interesting.

    • Corbin Bernsen: I love life. It's a magical experience filled with beauty. God's creation is magnificent, but there's this other side where there's poverty, death, brutality and what's missing in my life is understanding what that is.

  • Typical, believable, father on Psych!

    He does a good job playing a hard nosed father who is always trying to make his son a better man on the show Psych. Great actor who I hope to see on TV again soon!