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Corbin Bernsen (1954)

Corbin Dean Bernsen

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Corbin Dean Bernsen 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. He has also appeared regularly on other shows, including General Hospital and Cuts.

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 early life
Bernsen was born in North Hollywood, California, to Harry Bernsen, 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 1971. 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 .

 acting career
After a two-year appearance on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope, Bernsen was awarded the role as lawyer Arnold Becker on the hit Steven Bochco television series, L.A. Law in 1986. 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 . In the film RUST, Bernsen played a former minister who returns to his hometown.


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."

 personal life
Bernsen is married to British actress Amanda Pays. They have four sons.

In 2008, Bernsen and his family appeared on the NBC show Celebrity Family Feud, competing first against the Margaret Cho family and then against the crew from American Chopper, but lost to them.

Bernsen's mother is of Cherokee heritage.

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

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