John Corbett

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John Corbett
John Corbett by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Corbett in July 2015
Born John Joseph Corbett
(1961-05-09) May 9, 1961 (age 56)
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
Residence Santa Ynez, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor, singer, guitarist
Years active 1987–present
Partner(s) Bo Derek (2002–present)

John Joseph Corbett (born May 9, 1961) is an American actor and country music singer.[1] Corbett began his acting career in television commercials. He is known for his roles as Chris Stevens on CBS' Northern Exposure and as Aidan Shaw on HBO's Sex and the City. He reprised the latter role for the film sequel Sex and the City 2 (2010). Corbett also portrayed the male lead, Ian Miller, in the romantic comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002) and its 2016 sequel.

Corbett starred as Max Gregson on Showtime's United States of Tara, recurred as Seth Holt on NBC's Parenthood, and starred as Josiah "Flash" Bacon on FX's Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll. Aside from acting, Corbett has released two country albums, including his Billboard-charting self-titled debut.

Early life[edit]

Corbett was born in Wheeling, West Virginia,[2] the only child of Sandra "Sandy" (née Pavilack) and John Marshall Corbett. His parents were married in 1963 when Corbett was two.[3] He grew up in an apartment block near the Ohio River with his mother and stepfather, both of whom worked at his uncle Phillip's music club.[4] Corbett's mother was of part Russian Jewish descent,[5] though he was raised Catholic.[6] He was an altar boy for seven years at St. Joseph's Cathedral.[7] His father, who is of English descent, was born and raised in Bellaire, Ohio.[8] Corbett started playing the guitar at age seven, and at 16, he worked as a security guard at the Capitol Music Hall.[9] He attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School, from which he graduated in 1979.[10]

Following his graduation from high school, Corbett moved to Bellflower, California to live with his father and stepmother, and worked for Kaiser Steel in Fontana for six years.[7][11] During his time as a hydrotester in the factory, he spent a year training to become an L.A. County Deputy Sheriff, but ultimately failed the exams.[12] Corbett stopped working at the factory after injuring his back; he subsequently enrolled in hairdressing classes at Cerritos College in Norwalk, and also studied acting there.[13] Corbett said, "I went to hair school by day and studied theatre at night."[14] He has been a licensed hair stylist since 1986.[8] He then landed a Samsung commercial, and after three years, had starred in 50 national commercials.[15]

Career[edit]

Acting[edit]

Corbett at the 44th Primetime Emmy Awards in August 1992

Corbett's first role came in 1988, when he was cast as Louis, the hippie boyfriend of Karen Arnold (Olivia d'Abo) in the first season of ABC's comedy-drama series The Wonder Years. For this appearance, he was credited as Jack Corbett. From 1990 to 1995, he starred as Chris Stevens in the CBS comedy-drama series Northern Exposure, for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.[16]

Corbett played the leading role of Adam MacArthur, in 1997's short-lived Fox science fiction series The Visitor, for which he was nominated for the Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television. His character, who was abducted by aliens, finds his way back to Earth 50 years later endowed with special powers. From 2001 to 2002, he portrayed the love interest of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker), Aidan Shaw, in the HBO comedy series Sex and the City,[17] for which he received his second nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film.[18] In 2002, Corbett portrayed the male lead role of Ian Miller in the romantic comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding, alongside Nia Vardalos (who also wrote the screenplay), for which he was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award.[19]

In 2003, he starred in the FX dark comedy series Lucky, as professional poker player Michael "Lucky" Linkletter. The following year, he starred alongside Kate Hudson in Garry Marshall's comedy-drama film Raising Helen. Two years later, he had a starring role in the Pang brothers horror film The Messengers (2007).[20] Additionally, Corbett starred in the 2007 Lifetime television film Montana Sky, and co-starred as a corrupt LAPD vice squad member in the 2008 David Ayer-directed crime thriller Street Kings. The following year, he reunited with his My Big Fat Greek Wedding co-star Nia Vardalos for the romantic comedy I Hate Valentine's Day (2009), which Vardalos also wrote and directed.[21] In 2009, he also co-starred in the Brian Herzlinger-directed comedy film Baby on Board.[22]

From 2009 to 2011, Corbett co-starred in the Showtime comedy-drama series United States of Tara as Max Gregson, the husband of Toni Collette's title character.[23] In 2010, Corbett reprised his role as Aidan Shaw in the Sex and the City feature film sequel Sex and the City 2.[24] That same year, he starred as Tom Marks in the Hallmark seasonal television film November Christmas, alongside Sam Elliott and Sarah Paulson, and portrayed Robert Quimby in Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum's family comedy film Ramona and Beezus, based on the Ramona novel series.[25] Corbett was inducted into the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in June 2011.[26]

From 2011 to 2015, he had a recurring role as Seth Holt on the NBC drama series Parenthood.[27][28][29] In March 2013, Corbett appeared in two episodes of the CBS procedural drama series NCIS: Los Angeles as Special Agent Roy Haines; it was considered to be a planted pilot episode for a spin-off series focusing on his character, but this was ultimately not produced.[30] In 2012, he portrayed teacher Mike Kersjes in the Hallmark television film based on the memoir of the same name, A Smile as Big as the Moon.[31] Corbett provided the voiceover for Applebee's television commercials and, since 2012, has been the voice for Walgreens' television and radio advertisements.[32] In 2014, Corbett appeared alongside Sarah Bolger in Jeff Probst's drama film Kiss Me.[33] The following year, he starred as Garrett Peterson, opposite Jennifer Lopez, in the Rob Cohen-directed erotic thriller The Boy Next Door.[34]

From 2015 to 2016, he portrayed Josiah "Flash" Bacon in the FX comedy series Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll.[35] In 2016, fourteen years after My Big Fat Greek Wedding was released, Corbett returned for the sequel My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2.[36] In 2017, he portrayed the main role of Michael Spurlock, a pastor who welcomes Karen refugees to his church, in the Steve Gomer-directed drama film All Saints.[37] Corbett will portray Dr. Dan Covey, the father of Lana Condor's lead character, in the film adaptation of Jenny Han's novel To All the Boys I've Loved Before, directed by Susan Johnson.[38] He will also star in John R. Leonetti's film adaptation of Tim Lebbon's horror novel The Silence, with Miranda Otto and Stanley Tucci.[39] Corbett will have a guest starring role in the eighth and final season of IFC's comedy series Portlandia.[40]

Music[edit]

In 1993, Corbett starred in the Jeff Richter-directed music video for the Scorpions single "Woman", opposite Karina Lombard. In September 2004, it was reported that Corbett had signed a recording contract with Nashville-based country music label Broken Bow Records.[41] He released his self-titled debut album, co-produced by D. Scott Miller and Tara Novick, on April 4, 2006,[42] and went on tour with ZZ Top, Lisa Marie Presley, and Charlie Daniels to promote the record.[43] The album's only single, "Good to Go", debuted at No. 48 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, which was the highest debut by a new artist from an independent label,[44] and later peaked at No. 43. The music video for "Good to Go" was directed by Kevin Kerslake. The album itself reached No. 45 on the Country Albums chart, and peaked at No. 21 on the Independent Albums chart.[45] In 2008, Corbett was featured in Trisha Yearwood's music video for her single "This Is Me You're Talking To".[46]

Seven years after his debut, Corbett released a second country album, Leaving Nothin' Behind, produced by Jon Randall, on January 29, 2013.[47][48]

Personal life[edit]

Corbett was raised Catholic, and became a born again Christian in the 1980s, before returning to his Catholic roots.[49] He has been in a relationship with actress Bo Derek since 2002, after meeting on a blind date.[50][51] The couple reside on a ranch in Santa Ynez, California, with their two German Shepherds and four horses.[52]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1991 Flight of the Intruder Big Augie
1993 Tombstone Johnny Barnes
1996 Wedding Bell Blues Cary Maynard Philco
1997 Volcano Norman Calder
1999 Desperate But Not Serious Jonathan Silver
2000 Dinner Rush Ken Roloff
2001 Prancer Returns Tom Sullivan
2001 Serendipity Lars Hammond
2002 My Big Fat Greek Wedding Ian Miller
2003 My Dinner with Jimi Henry Diltz
2004 Raise Your Voice Mr. Torvald
2004 Elvis Has Left the Building Miles Taylor
2004 Raising Helen Dan Parker
2005 Bigger Than the Sky Michael Degan
2005 Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon 3D Jack Schmitt Documentary short
2006 Dreamland Henry
2007 The Messengers John Burwell
2008 Street Kings Dante Demille
2008 The Burning Plain John
2009 Baby on Board Danny Chambers
2009 I Hate Valentine's Day Greg Gatlin
2010 Sex and the City 2 Aidan Shaw
2010 Ramona and Beezus Robert Quimby
2014 Kiss Me Chance
2014 The Lookalike Bobby Zan
2015 The Boy Next Door Garrett Peterson
2016 My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2 Ian Miller
2016 My Dead Boyfriend Primo Schultz
2017 All Saints Michael Spurlock
2018 To All the Boys I've Loved Before Dr. Dan Covey In post-production
2018 The Silence Filming

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1988 The Wonder Years Louis Episode: "Angel"
1990–1995 Northern Exposure Chris Stevens 110 episodes
1995–1996 Days of Our Lives Hospital Administrator 4 episodes
1996 Innocent Victims Tim Hennis Television film
1996 Don't Look Back Morgan Rose Television film
1996 The Morrison Murders Walker Morrison Television film
1997–1998 The Visitor Adam MacArthur 13 episodes
1998 The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy Justin Thorpe Television film
1999 The Sky's On Fire Dr. Evan Thorne Television film
2000 On Hostile Ground Matt Andrews Television film
2000–2003 Sex and the City Aidan Shaw 22 episodes
2001 Private Lies David Television film
2003 Lucky Michael Linkletter 13 episodes
2003 Gary the Rat Frank Spillogotoriettio Episode: "This Is Not a Pipe"
2005 Hunt for Justice Capt. John Tanner Television film
2007 Montana Sky Ben McKintock Television film
2009–2011 United States of Tara Max Gregson 36 episodes
2010 November Christmas Tom Marks Television film
2011 Glenn Martin, DDS Big Jim Episode: "Glenn and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance"
2011–2015 Parenthood Seth Holt 10 episodes
2011 Ricochet Duncan Hatcher Television film
2011 Hunt for the I-5 Killer Dave Kominek Television film
2012 A Smile as Big as the Moon Mike Kersjes Television film
2013 NCIS: Los Angeles Roy Haines 2 episodes
2015–2016 Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll Josiah Bacon 20 episodes
2016–2017 Still the King Trayne Crowstown 4 episodes
2018 Portlandia Upcoming season

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 Title Artist Director Ref.
1993 "Woman" Scorpions Jeff Richter [53]
2005 "Bottle of Whiskey" Himself Kevin Kerslake [54]
2006 "Good to Go" [55]
2008 "This Is Me You're Talking To" Trisha Yearwood Trey Fanjoy [46]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Work Result
1992 Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Northern Exposure Nominated
1993 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Nominated
American Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Dramatic Series Nominated
1995 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Nominated
1998 Saturn Award Best Actor on Television The Visitor Nominated
2002 Golden Globe Award Best Supporting Actor – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Sex and the City Nominated
2003 Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture My Big Fat Greek Wedding Nominated
2006 Method Fest Independent Film Festival Best Supporting Actor Dreamland Won
2011 Prism Award Outstanding Performance in a Comedy Series United States of Tara Nominated

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