Corbin Bernsen, 2013
Corbin Dean Bernsen|
September 7, 1954
North Hollywood, California, U.S.
LA Law: The Movie
Psych: The Musical
Psych: The Movie
Corbin Dean Bernsen (born September 7, 1954) is an American actor and director, known for his work on television. He is known for his roles as divorce attorney Arnold Becker on the NBC drama series L.A. Law, as Dr. Alan Feinstone in The Dentist, as retired police detective Henry Spencer on the USA Network comedy-drama series Psych, and as Roger Dorn in the films Major League, Major League II, and Major League: Back to the Minors. He has also appeared regularly on other shows, including General Hospital and Cuts.
Bernsen was born in North Hollywood, California, the son of Harry Bernsen, Jr., a Hollywood producer, and veteran soap actress Jeanne Cooper, who appeared 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 in 1977 and an MFA in Playwriting in 1979 from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).
After a two-year appearance on the soap opera, Ryan's Hope, Bernsen was cast as lawyer Arnold Becker on the Steven Bochco television series, L.A. Law in 1986. The series became a hit, and the role earned him Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, appearances on magazine covers, and guest-starring roles on Seinfeld and The Larry Sanders Show. He remained on L.A. Law for the entire run of 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 prima donna third baseman, Roger Dorn, in the sports comedy Major League and appeared in both of the film's sequels. Bernsen portrayed John Durant on General Hospital 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 also co-starred 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.
Bernsen appeared in 25 Hill, a film he produced, directed and wrote, which is centered around the All-American Soap Box Derby, and is planning a baseball movie about zombies, called "Three Strikes, You’re Dead."
Bernsen was 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 then went on to form Team Cherokee Productions 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 film Donna on Demand to MacDonald for a snow globe of the band KISS. It was this role that MacDonald eventually traded for a two-story farm house.
In recent years, Bernsen has focused on making Christian-themed films. His first such film was Rust, released in 2010 by Sony Pictures. Bernsen, along with producing partner Chris Aronoff, formed Home Theater Films, an independent production company that, develops, produces, and markets films and television shows for the Christian market. 25 Hill, the company's first title, was released in July 2012. This was followed by 3 Day Test (2012), Beyond the Heavens (2013), and Christian Mingle (2014).
In October 2015 Bernsen's debut novel was released by Pelican Book Group. The book, Rust: the Novel, is an adaptation of Bernsen's 2010 feature film, Rust, in which he played the main character as well as served as writer and director. In 2017, Bernsen and Pays released "Open House: Reinventing Space for Simple Living," a coffee table book featuring remodeling and design ideas they have learned from remodeling their own homes.
Bernsen has been married to British actress Amanda Pays since 1988. They have four sons: Oliver, Angus, Henry and Finley. Bernsen was married to Brenda Cooper from 1983 to 1987.
|1974||Three the Hard Way||Boy|
|1976||Eat My Dust!||Roy Puire|
|1987||Hello Again||Jason Chadman|
|1989||Bert Rigby, You're a Fool||Jim Shirley|
|1989||Major League||Roger Dorn|
|1989||Disorganized Crime||Frank Salazar|
|1992||Frozen Assets||Zach Shepard|
|1993||Fatal Inheritance||Woodward Dawes|
|1993||Ghost Brigade||Col. Nehemiah Strayn|
|1994||The Soft Kill||Martin Lewis|
|1994||Bud Bowl V||Coach of Team Bud Light|
|1994||A Brilliant Disguise||Dr. Martin|
|1994||Trigger Fast||Brent Mallick|
|1994||Final Mission||General Morgan Breslaw|
|1994||Major League II||Roger Dorn|
|1994||The New Age||Kevin Bulasky|
|1994||Radioland Murders||Dexter Morris|
|1995||Someone to Die For||Jack Davis|
|1995||Cover Me||Andre Solloway|
|1995||Dangerous Intentions||Tom Williamson|
|1995||Aurora: Operation Intercept||Flight Engineer Murphy|
|1995||Tales from the Hood||Duke Metger|
|1996||The Dentist||Dr. Alan Feinstone|
|1996||The Great White Hype||Peter Prince|
|1997||An American Affair||Dist. Atty. Sam Brady/Sen. John Crawford|
|1997||Menno's Mind||Felix Medina|
|1998||The Fairy King of Ar||Rob Preston|
|1998||Major League: Back to the Minors||Roger Dorn|
|1998||The Dentist 2||Dr. Alan Feinstone|
|1998||The Misadventures of Margaret||Art Turner|
|1999||Kiss of a Stranger||Mason|
|2000||Borderline Normal||Benjiman Walling|
|2001||Apocalypse IV: Judgment||Mitch Kendrick|
|2001||The Tomorrow Man||Larry|
|2001||Final Payback||Mayor Richardson|
|2001||Killer Instinct||Jennings Wilhite|
|2002||I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus||David Carver|
|2002||Dead Above Ground||Mark Mallory|
|2003||The Commission||Rep. Gerald R. Ford|
|2004||Nightmare Boulevard||Jerry Martin|
|2005||Raging Sharks||Capt. Riley|
|2005||Kiss Kiss Bang Bang||Harlan Dexter||Nominated—Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture|
|2006||The Naked Ape||Mr. Feldman|
|2006||Last Sunset||John Wayne|
|2008||House of Fallen||Rowland|
|2009||Donna on Demand||Ben Corbin||Also director|
|2009||Dead Air||Dr. F||Also director|
|2010||Rust||James Moore||Also director, writer, and producer|
|2010||25 Hill||Roy Gibbs||Also director, writer, and producer|
|2012||3 Day Test||Tom||Also director and writer|
|2014||The Last Straw||Mr. G.|
|2017||The Russian Bride||Karl Frederick|
|2019||Roe v. Wade||Harry Blackmun||Filming|
|1979||Flying High||Dan Ellison||Episode: "It Was Just One of Those Days"|
|1980||The Waltons||Casey||Episode: "The Medal"|
|1984–1985||Ryan's Hope||Ken Graham||5 episodes|
|1986–1994||L.A. Law||Arnie Becker||171 episodes|
Nominated—Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama (1989–90)
Nominated—Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series (1987–88)
|1987||Matlock||Himself||Episode: "The Network"|
|1988||Mickey's 60th Birthday||Arnie Becker||TV Special|
|1989||Breaking Point||Pike||Television movie|
|1990||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Episode: "Corbin Bernsen/The Smithereens"|
|1990||Star Trek: The Next Generation||Q (uncredited)||Episode: "Déjà Q"|
|1990||Dear John||Blake McCarron||Episode: "Hole in One"|
|1991||Out of This World||Chad||Episode: "Evie Nightinggale"|
|1991||Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story||Morris Dees||Television movie|
|1991||Dead on the Money||Carter Matthews||Television movie|
|1992||Grass Roots||Will Lee||Television movie|
|1992||Seinfeld||Himself||Episode: "The Trip: Part 1"|
|1992||Ring of the Musketeers||Harry||Television movie|
|1992||Love Can Be Murder||Nick Peyton||Television movie|
|1993||The Larry Sanders Show||Himself||Episode: "The Stalker"|
|1993||Roc||Jim Larson||Episode: "The Millionaire Brother"|
|1993||Beyond Suspicion||Stan||Television movie|
|1994||Guns of Honor||Brent Mallick||Television movie|
|1994||The Nanny||Glen Mitchell||Episode: "Stock Tip"|
|1994||The Extraordinary||Himself (Host)|
|1994||I Know My Son Is Alive||Dr. Mark Elshant||Television movie|
|1994||Where Are My Children?||Tom Scott||Television movie|
|1995||A Whole New Ballgame||Brett Sooner||7 episodes|
|1995||In the Heat of the Night||Frank Cole||Episode: "By Duty Bound"|
|1995||Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead||Neil Jones/Roy Francis Netter||Television movie|
|1995||Murderous Intent||Brice||Television movie|
|1996||Bloodhounds||Harrison Coyle||Television movie|
|1996||Murder on the Iditarod Trail||Alex Jensen||Television movie|
|1996||Inhumanoid||Foster Carver||Television movie|
|1996||Bloodhounds II||Harrison Coyle||Television movie|
|1996||Full Circle||Harrison Winslow||Television movie|
|1996–1997||The Cape||USAF Col. Henry 'Bull' Eckert||17 episodes|
|1997||Touched by an Angel||Eric Weiss||Episode: "Angel of Death"|
|1997||Tidal Wave: No Escape||John Wahl||Television movie|
|1998||Loyal Opposition: Terror in the White House||Secret Service Agent John Gray||Television movie|
|1998||Riddler's Moon||George||Television movie|
|1998||Recipe for Revenge||Dr. Chester Winnifield||Television movie|
|1998||Young Hearts Unlimited||Brian||Television movie|
|1999||Tracey Takes On...||Jack Dayton||Episode: "Dating"|
|1999||7th Heaven||Ted Grant||Episode: "Sometime's That's Just the Way It Is"|
|1999||Twice in a Lifetime||Roger Stovall/Bill Water||Episode: "Death and Taxes"|
|1999||Nash Bridges||Edward Jansen||Episode: "Trade Off"|
|1999||Two of Hearts||Bruce Saunders||Television movie|
|1999–2004||JAG||Captain Owen Sebring||8 episodes|
|2000||Battery Park||Michael||Episode: "Rabbit Punch"|
|2000||The Outer Limits||Virgil Nygard||Episode: "Abaddon"|
|2000||Son of the Beach||Big Red Johnson||Episode: "Miso Honei"|
|2000||Beggars and Choosers||Sandy Peretz||Episode: "Killer Sushi"|
|2000||Yes, Dear||Gary Walden||Episode: "Jimmy Gets a Job"|
|2000||Baywatch||Barry Poe||Episode: "Ties That Bind"|
|2001||The West Wing||Henry Shallick||2 episodes|
|2001||V.I.P.||Zack Henley||Episode: "Val in Carnation"|
|2001||Jack & Jill||Paul Barrett||2 episodes|
|2001||Citizen Baines||Nicholas Tassler||Episode: "Three Days in November"|
|2002||The Weakest Link||Himself||Episode: "L.A. Law Edition"|
|2002||Gentle Ben||Fog Benson||Television movie|
|2002||L.A. Law: The Movie||Arnie Becker||Television movie|
|2002||Atomic Twister||Sheriff C. B. Bishop||Television movie|
|2002||The Santa Trap||Chief Tom Spivak||Television movie|
|2003||Gentle Ben 2||Fog Benson||Television movie|
|2003||Love Comes Softly||Ben Graham||Television movie|
|2003||Miss Match||Stu 'Dr. Love' Scott||Episode: "Divorce Happens"|
|2003||L.A. Dragnet||Richard Atkins||Episode: "All That Glitters"|
|2003||Celebrity Mole: Hawaii||Himself||3 episodes|
|2004||Third Watch||Carter Savage||Episode: "Rat Bastard"|
|2004||NYPD Blue||Bob Cavanaugh||Episode: "I Love My Wives, But Oh You Kid"|
|2004||Celebrity Mole: Yucatan||Himself||2 episodes|
|2004||Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss||Steve||Television movie|
|2004||They Are Among Us||Norbert||Television movie|
|2004–2017||The Young and the Restless||Father Todd Williams||17 episodes|
|2004–2006||General Hospital||John Durant||5 episodes|
|2005||Palmetto Pointe||Old Ballplayer||Episode: "All That You Can't Leave Behind"|
|2005||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||William Hendry||Episode: "Prisoner"|
|2005||Ordinary Miracles||David Woodbury||Television movie|
|2005–2006||Cuts||Jack Sherwood||12 episodes|
|2006||Wheel of Fortune||Himself||Episode: "Soap Stars 4"|
|2006||Boston Legal||Eli Granger||Episode: "...There's Fire!"|
|2006–2014||Psych||Henry Spencer||111 episodes|
|2007||Masters of Horror||Ira||Episode: "Right to Die"|
|2008||Depth Charge||Captain Richards||Television movie|
|2008||Confessions of a Go-Go Girl||Nick Harvey||Television movie|
|2008||For the Love of Grace||Captain Washington||Television movie|
|2009||The New Adventures of Old Christine||Howard||Episode: "For Love or Money"|
|2011||Castle||Lance Hastings||Episode: "One Life to Lose"|
|2011||Criminal Minds||Jerry Grandin||Episode: "Today I Do"|
|2012||Switched at Birth||James Wilkes Jr.||Episode: "Venus, Cupid, Folly and Time"|
|2013||The Glades||Michael Longworth||3 episodes|
|2014||Motive||Dr. Matthews||Episode: "Deception"|
|2014||Scorpion||Bob Connelly||Episode: "Shorthanded"|
|2014||The League||Bruce||Episode: "Man Land"|
|2014||Anger Management||Roger||Episode: "Charlie & The 100th Episode"|
|2015||Grace and Frankie||Dr. Paul Mason||Episode: "The Fall"|
|2015||It Had to Be You||Nolan Powell||Television Film|
|2017||Powerless||Vanderveer Wayne Sr.||Episode: "Sinking Day"|
|2017||American Gods||Vulcan||Episode: "A Murder of Gods"|
|2017||Psych: The Movie||Henry Spencer|
|TBA||The Punisher||Anderson Schultz|
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- Podcast featuring in its second-half an interview with Bernsen (in MP3 format) by a "new marketing" podcaster
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