John Corbett

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John Corbett
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John Corbett in April 2007.
Born John Joseph Corbett, Jr.
(1961-05-09) May 9, 1961 (age 53)
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer
Years active 1987–present
Height 6'4"
Partner(s) Bo Derek (2002–present)

John Joseph Corbett, Jr. (born May 9, 1961) is an American actor and country music singer.[1] He is best known for playing Chris Stevens on Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995; and Aidan, Carrie Bradshaw's boyfriend, on Sex and the City—a role which he reprised for the series movie sequel Sex and the City 2. He also played the leading male role opposite Nia Vardalos in Vardalos's hit film, My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). He starred in United States of Tara as Max Gregson, and has appeared on NBC dramedy Parenthood as Seth Holt. Aside from acting, Corbett has released two country albums.

Early life[edit]

Corbett was born in Wheeling, West Virginia on May 9, 1961, the son of John Joseph Corbett, Sr. He lived with his mother in an apartment block near the Ohio River in West Virginia. His mother was a waitress who worked in his uncle's music club.[2] Corbett attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School where he graduated in 1979.[3] He started playing the guitar at age 7, and at 16 he had a job as a security guard at the Capitol Music Hall.[4] Following his graduation from high school, Corbett moved to California, and worked in a steel factory for six years.[5] During his time as a boiler maker in the factory, Corbett spent a year training to become an L.A. County Deputy Sheriff, but ultimately failed.[6] He stopped working at the factory when he got injured, and went to Cerritos College in Norwalk, California. There he took acting classes, and studied hair dressing, for a year.[7] Corbett said: "I went to hair school by day and studied theatre at night."[8] He is a licensed hair stylist since 1986.[9] He then landed a Samsung commercial, and after three years he had starred in 50 national commercials.[10]

Career[edit]

Corbett at the 44th Emmy Awards in August 1992.

Corbett's first major role was as the hippie boyfriend of Karen Arnold in season 1, episode 4 ("Angel"), of The Wonder Years in 1988, but was credited as "Jack Corbett." Corbett has co-starred in three successful television series to date: Northern Exposure from 1990 to 1995, Sex and the City (spanning 22 episodes from 2001 to 2002), and United States of Tara (2009–2011).

Corbett played the leading role in two short-lived television series. The first was the 1997 sci-fi series, The Visitor, in which Corbett played Adam MacArthur, a man abducted by aliens, only to find his way home 50 years later and endowed with unearthly powers. In 2003 he starred in his second series, Lucky, which was about a professional poker player, Michael 'Lucky' Linkletter, living in Las Vegas.

Corbett played a Hospital Administrator, Board Member at Salem (MA) University Hospital on the NBC Television Series, Days Of Our Lives in a special guest starring role appearing for 2 episodes in late-December 1995, and reprised the role for 2 episodes in a cameo guest appearance in early March 1996.

Corbett's film credits include Tombstone, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Raising Helen, Dreamland and The Messengers. Corbett appeared in Serendipity with John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale, and he played the role of a music teacher in Raise Your Voice, which starred Hilary Duff. He had a cameo role as Ken Roloff in Dinner Rush (2000). Additionally, Corbett starred in the 2007 Lifetime Television film, Montana Sky, and co-starred as a corrupt LAPD vice squad member in Street Kings (2008). Corbett starred as Tom Marks, father of a little girl fighting for her life, in the Hallmark movie "November Christmas" that premiered November 28, 2010, on CBS.

Corbett released a full-length, self-titled country music album co-produced in Nashville, TN, by D. Scott Miller and Tara Novick, on April 4, 2006, and went on tour that year to promote the album, opening for ZZ Top, Lisa Marie Presley and Charlie Daniels. Its only single, "Good to Go" (which was also recorded by Jason Aldean on his self-titled debut album), debuted at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, which was the highest debut by a new artist from an independent label,[11] and later reached a peak of No. 43. In addition Corbett was featured as a primary actor in Trisha Yearwood's music video of her 2008 single, "This Is Me You're Talking To".

Corbett co-starred in the 2009–2011 Showtime series, United States of Tara opposite Toni Collette. He provided the voiceover for Applebee's Restaurant television commercials at Playback Recording Studio[12] and, in 2012, for Walgreens.[13] He has a recurring role on Parenthood.[14][15] In 2013, Corbett released his second country album Leaving Nothin' Behind, co-produced by Jon Randall who also wrote 7 of the 10 songs.[16][17] As of March 2013, Corbett also was ready to star in a proposed NCIS spin-off called NCIS: Red, starting with a pilot in the NCIS: Los Angeles episode Red for both March 19 and March 26, 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Corbett was raised Roman Catholic, but is now a born-again Christian, though he doesn't attend church.[18] He has never been married, and has stated that he does not see himself getting married or having children.[19] He has been in a long-term relationship with actress Bo Derek since 2002.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Flight of the Intruder Big Augie
1993 Tombstone Barnes
1996 Wedding Bell Blues Cary Maynard Philco
1996 The Morrison Murders Walker Morrison
1997 Volcano Norman Calder
1998 Countdown: The Sky's On Fire Dr. Evan Thorne
1999 Desperate But Not Serious Jonathan
2000 Dinner Rush Ken Roloff
2000 On Hostile Ground Matt Andrews
2001 Prancer Returns Tom Sullivan
2001 Serendipity Lars Hammond
2001 Hendrix[21] Eric Clapton
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Ian Miller Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2003 My Dinner with Jimi Henry Diltz
2004 Raise Your Voice Mr. Torvald
2004 Elvis Has Left the Building Miles Taylor
2004 Raising Helen Pastor Dan Parker
2005 Bigger Than the Sky Michael Degan/Christian
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Jack Schmitt
2006 Dreamland Henry
2007 Montana Sky Ben McKinnon
2007 The Messengers Burwell
2008 Street Kings Detective Dante Demille
2008 The Burning Plain John
2009 Baby on Board Danny
2009 I Hate Valentine's Day Greg
2010 Sex and the City 2 Aidan Shaw
2010 Ramona and Beezus Bob Quimby
2010 November Christmas Tom Marks
2011 Wild Oats
2011 Ricochet Duncan Hatcher Television movie
2011 The Hunt for the I-5 Killer" Detective Dave Komen Television Movie
2012 A Smile as Big as the Moon Mike Kersjes
2013 Kiss Me Chance
2015 The Boy Next Door Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Wonder Years Louis Episode: "Angel"
1990–1995 Northern Exposure Chris Stevens 110 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
1995–1996 Days Of Our Lives Hospital Administrator Board Member 4 episodes
1997–1998 The Visitor Adam MacArthur 13 episodes
Nominated—Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television
1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy Justin Thorpe pilot for a series
2000–2003 Sex and the City Aidan Shaw 22 episodes
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film
2003 Lucky Michael "Lucky" Linkletter 13 episodes
2009–2011 United States of Tara Max Gregson 36 episodes
2011–2012 Parenthood Seth Holt 8 episodes
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Roy Quaid 2 episodes

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US Heat US Indie
John Corbett
  • Release date: April 4, 2006
  • Label: Fun Bone/Co5
45 19 21
Leaving Nothin' Behind
  • Release date: February 5, 2013
  • Label: Fun Bone/Co5
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2006 "Good to Go" 43 John Corbett

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
2005 "Bottle of Whiskey"[22] Kevin Kerslake
2006 "Good to Go"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "John Corbett". The New York Times. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  2. ^ Woods, Eric (March 4, 2011). "John Corbett combines acting with lifelong love of music". Lubbock Avalanche-Journal. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Actor John Corbett Comes Home to Alma Mater". The Intelligencer Wheeling News Register. September 21, 2007. Retrieved November 30, 2007. 
  4. ^ "John Corbett: 'City' man goes country". Gainesville Sun. July 14, 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "John Corbett On 'A Smile As Big As The Moon,' Playing Mike Kersjes And Why He Almost Wasn't An Actor". The Huffington Post. January 28, 2012. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  6. ^ Murray, Rebecca (April 7, 2008). "Keanu Reeves, John Corbett, Amaury Nolasco and Jay Mohr Talk 'Street Kings'". About.com. The New York Times Company. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  7. ^ Matsumoto, Jon (September 14, 1997). "John Corbett Plays With The Paranormal As Fox's 'The Visitor'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  8. ^ Romanek, Bethany A. (January 15, 2006). "John Corbett Finds Peace of Mind in Ohio Valley". The Intelligencer Wheeling News Register. Comcast.net. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  9. ^ Babka, Allison (October 9, 2013). "Get To Know Singer/Actor John Corbett Before Tonight's Show at The Gramophone". Riverfront Times. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  10. ^ Johnson, Kevin C. (October 3, 2013). "Corbett doesn't mind being billed as the guy from 'Sex and the City'". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Actor takes a stab at the role of country music star.". Billboard. 2006. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  12. ^ "John Corbett". Celebrity Talent Promotions. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  13. ^ Elliott, Stuart (September 17, 2012). "Q. and A. with Stuart Elliott". The New York Times. Retrieved October 8, 2012. 
  14. ^ Ausiello, Michael (December 17, 2010). "John Corbett Lands Arc on NBC’s ‘Parenthood’". Deadline.com. PMC. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  15. ^ Stanhope, Kate (November 26, 2013). "Parenthood Exclusive: John Corbett Books Return Appearance". TV Guide. Retrieved November 29, 2013. 
  16. ^ Myers, Jim (February 28, 2013). "John Corbett shows love for country music on new album". The Tennessean. Gannett Company. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Five Questions With John Corbett". ReDigi. January 29, 2013. Retrieved November 30, 2013. 
  18. ^ Brasher, Joan. "John Corbett". The Fish. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  19. ^ Murray, Rebecca. "Interview with John Corbett from 'Raise Your Voice'". about.com. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  20. ^ "'I'm so happy,' says Bo Derek as she opens up for the first time about romance with Sex And The City's John Corbett". Daily Mail. November 4, 2008. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  21. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0260949/fullcredits#cast
  22. ^ "CMT : Videos : John Corbett : Bottle of Whiskey". Country Music Television. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 

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