Corbin Bernsen

Actor, Model
Corbin Bernsen made it look so easy to play the bad guy, especially with his career-defining role of divorce lawyer Arnie Becker on the 1980s legal drama behemoth, "L. A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). With his steely exterior ... Read more »
Born: 09/06/1954 in North Hollywood, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (186)

Living On Video 2015 - 2016 (TV Show)

Actor

NCIS: New Orleans 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Portrait of Love 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Actor

3 Day Test 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Anger Management 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Christian Mingle: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

Matt (Actor)

Dead Air 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Delicate Instruments 2014 (Movie)

Sam Livingston (Actor)

Donna on Demand 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Motive 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nightmare Boulevard 2014 (Movie)

Jerry Martin (Actor)

Psych 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Psych After Pshow 2013 - 2014 (TV Show)

Interviewee

Rust 2014 (Movie)

James Moore (Actor)

Scorpion 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex and Consequences 2014 (Movie)

John Wayne (Actor)

The League 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Tomorrow Man 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hawaii Five-O 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Glades 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Lay the Favorite 2012 (Movie)

Jerry (Actor)

Castle 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Criminal Minds 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Suing the Devil 2011 (Movie)

(Actor)

The Big Year 2011 (Movie)

Gil Gordon (Actor)

25 Hill 2010 (Movie)

(Actor)

Celebrity Mole Hawaii 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dear John 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

JAG 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jack & Jill 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Law 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Love & War 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Nash Bridges 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Roc 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Nanny 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Young and the Restless 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Touched By an Angel 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Yes, Dear 1972 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Raging Sharks 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Family Feud 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Confessions of a Go Go Girl 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Wanna Bet? 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Masters of Horror 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Commission 2007 (Movie)

Congressman Gerald R. Ford (Actor)

Boston Legal 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Cuts 2005 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Death & Texas 2006 (Movie)

Coach Loren Stanley (Actor)

Twins 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang 2005 (Movie)

Harlan Dexter (Actor)

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Paid 2005 (Movie)

William Montague (Actor)

Carpool Guy 2004 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

Celebrity Mole Yucatan 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

NYPD Blue 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Great American Celebrity Spelling Bee 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Third Watch 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Just Shoot Me 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

L.A. Dragnet 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Citizen Baines 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Fangs 2002 (Movie)

Carl Hart (Actor)

L.A. Law: The E! True Hollywood Story 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

L.A. Law: The Movie 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Presidio Med 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

Son of the Beach 1999 - 2002 (TV Show)

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The Outer Limits 1994 - 2002 (TV Show)

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V.I.P. 1998 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Baywatch Hawaii 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Beggars and Choosers 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Final Payback 2001 (Movie)

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The West Wing 2001 (Tv Show)

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Twice in a Lifetime 1999 - 2001 (TV Show)

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Battery Park 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

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Judgement 2000 (Movie)

Mitch Kendrick (Actor)

Raptor 2000 (Movie)

(Actor)

7th Heaven 1999 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rangers 1999 (Movie)

(Actor)

Tracey Takes On... 1995 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Young Hearts Unlimited 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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An American Affair 1998 (Movie)

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Beverly Hills High 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Major League: Back to the Minors 1998 (Movie)

Roger Dorn (Actor)

Menno's Mind 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

The Cape 1996 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

From the Moon to Mars 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The Misadventures of Margaret 1997 (Movie)

Art Turner (Actor)

Baja 1996 (Movie)

Stone (Actor)

Inhumanoid 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Kounterfeit 1996 (Movie)

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Murderous Intent 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Tails You Live, Heads You're Dead 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Extraordinary 1994 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Great White Hype 1996 (Movie)

Peter Prince (Actor)

A Whole New Ballgame 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Actor

Tales From the Hood 1995 (Movie)

Duke Metzger (Actor)

A Brilliant Disguise 1994 (Movie)

Dr Martin (Actor)

In a Split Second 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Major League II 1994 (Movie)

Roger Dorn (Actor)

Radioland Murders 1994 (Movie)

Dexter Morris (Actor)

Savage Land 1994 (Movie)

Quint (Actor)

Selected Models 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Someone To Die For 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

TV Guide: 40th Anniversary Special 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The New Age 1994 (Movie)

Kevin Bulasky (Actor)

The Temptress 1994 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Final Mission 1993 (Movie)

General Breslaw (Actor)

Likely Suspects 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Nitecap 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Ring of the Musketeers 1993 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

The 20th International Emmy Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The Floating Outfit: Trigger Fast 1993 (Movie)

Brent Mallick (Actor)

Frozen Assets 1992 (Movie)

Zach Shepard (Actor)

The 44th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The Ghost Brigade 1992 (Movie)

Colonel Nehemiah Strayn (Actor)

Rodney Dangerfield's The Really Big Show 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Shattered 1991 (Movie)

Jeb Scott (Actor)

The "L.A. Law" 100th Episode Special 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Fatal Inheritance 1990 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 11th Annual ACE Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 1989 MTV Video Music Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The All-Star Pro Sports Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Greatest Practical Jokes of All Time 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The Test of Time: From HIV to AIDS 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

US Magazine -- Live at the Emmys! 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Bert Rigby, You're a Fool 1989 (Movie)

Jim Shirley (Actor)

Breaking Point 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Disorganized Crime 1989 (Movie)

Frank Salazar (Actor)

Major League 1989 (Movie)

Roger Dorn (Actor)

Mickey's 60th Birthday Special 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Ryan's Hope 1974 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Soap Opera Digest Awards 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Golden Globe Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Jay Leno's Family Comedy Hour 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 39th Annual Emmy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Hello, Again 1987 (Movie)

Jason Chadman (Actor)

Dead Aim 1986 (Movie)

Webster (Actor)

Doubletake 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Allison Sidney Harrison 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Eat My Dust 1976 (Movie)

Roy Puir (Actor)

Three the Hard Way 1973 (Movie)

Boy (Actor)

Appointment For a Killing (TV Show)

Actor

Atomic Twister (TV Show)

Actor

Aurora: Operation Intercept (TV Show)

Actor

Black Creek (Movie)

(Actor)

Blind Sunday (TV Show)

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Bloodhounds (TV Show)

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Bloodhounds II (TV Show)

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Borderline Normal (TV Show)

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Dangerous Intentions (TV Show)

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Dead on the Money (TV Show)

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For the Love of Grace (TV Show)

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Gentle Ben (TV Show)

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Grass Roots (TV Show)

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I Know My Son Is Alive (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss of a Stranger (TV Show)

Actor

Love Can Be Murder (TV Show)

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Love Comes Softly (TV Show)

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Ordinary Miracles (TV Show)

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Paid (Movie)

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Recipe For Revenge (TV Show)

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Riddler's Moon (TV Show)

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Spacejacked (TV Show)

Actor

The Cold Heart of a Killer (TV Show)

Actor

The Dentist (TV Show)

Actor

The Dentist II (TV Show)

Actor

The Santa Trap (TV Show)

Actor

The Wild West (TV Show)

Voice

They Are Among Us (TV Show)

Actor

Tidal Wave: No Escape (TV Show)

Actor

Two of Hearts (TV Show)

Actor

Vipers (TV Show)

Actor

Voices From Within (TV Show)

Actor

Where Are My Children? (TV Show)

Actor
Director (8)

3 Day Test 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Beyond the Heavens 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Christian Mingle: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Dead Air 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Donna on Demand 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

Rust 2014 (Movie)

(Director)

25 Hill 2010 (Movie)

(Director)

Carpool Guy 2004 (Movie)

(Director)
Producer (7)

3 Day Test 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Beyond the Heavens 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Dead Air 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Donna on Demand 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

Rust 2014 (Movie)

(Producer)

25 Hill 2010 (Movie)

(Producer)

Carpool Guy 2004 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (5)

3 Day Test 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Beyond the Heavens 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Christian Mingle: The Movie 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Rust 2014 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

25 Hill 2010 (Movie)

(Screenplay)

Biography

Corbin Bernsen made it look so easy to play the bad guy, especially with his career-defining role of divorce lawyer Arnie Becker on the 1980s legal drama behemoth, "L. A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994). With his steely exterior and unrivaled intensity, the actor made a career out of portraying charming yet unsavory characters. But the talented Bernsen was not all 'bad boy' business - he navigated between genres seamlessly, appearing in countless made-for-TV dramas like the biopic "Line of Fire: The Morris Dees Story" (NBC, 1991) and thrillers like "Shattered" (1991), but also delivered the laughs as a prima donna baseball player in the feature comedy "Major League" (1989). He gave a chilling performance as an insane dentist exacting revenge in the cult horror film "The Dentist" (1996) and was pitch-perfect as a stern ex-cop on the dramedy series "Psych" (USA Network, 2006- ). But it was Bernsen's memorable turn as the sleazy, womanizing Becker on the hit drama "L.A. Law" that catapulted him to fame and punctuated his long career as a truly talented and multi-layered actor.

Relationships

Angus Bernsen

Son
Born March 19, 1992; twin of Henry; mother, Amanda Pays

Harry Bernsen Producer

Father
Born June 14, 1925 Died May 31, 2008

Finley Bernsen

Son
Born June 9, 1998; mother, Amanda Pays

Collin Bernsen Actor

Brother
Born March 30, 1958

Henry Bernsen

Son
Born March 19, 1992; twin of Angus; mother, Amanda Pays

Caren Bernsen Actor

Sister
Born Aug. 17, 1960

Oliver Bernsen

Son
Born March 14, 1989; mother, Amanda Pays

Brenda Cooper Actor

Wife
Married 1983 Divorced 1987

Jeanne Cooper Actor

Mother
Born Oct. 25, 1928; veteran soap opera actor on "The Young and the Restless" Nominated for an Emmy as Bernsen's domineering mother on 1986 episode of "L.A. Law"; had supporting role in "Frozen Assets" (1992), starring son

Amanda Pays Actor

Wife
Married Nov. 19, 1988

EDUCATION

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
received Drama-Logue Award for scenic design for "American Buffalo"

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
received Drama-Logue Award for scenic design for "American Buffalo"

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
received Drama-Logue Award for scenic design for "American Buffalo"

University of California at Los Angeles

Los Angeles , California
received Drama-Logue Award for scenic design for "American Buffalo"

Milestones

2012

Cast opposite Bruce Willis and Catherine Zeta-Jones in comedy feature "Lay the Favorite"; film based on memoir by Beth Raymer

2011

Made cameo in "The Big Year"

2006

Cast in USA Network series "Psych" as a former police sergeant and the father of detective Shawn Spencer (James Roday)

2005

Starred in murder mystery "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" opposite Robert Downey Jr.; film premiered at Cannes

2004

Cast in TV moive "Call Me: The Rise and Fall of Heidi Fleiss" (USA Network), starring Jamie-Lynn DiScala

2003

Competed on two seasons of ABC's "Celebrity Mole"

2002

Reprised role of Arnie Becker in "L.A. Law: The Movie" (NBC)

2000

Signed to play Captain Von Trapp in touring production of "The Sound of Music"

1999

Acted in TV movie "Two of Hearts" and its sequel "Young Hearts Unlimited" (Fox Family Channel)

1998

Reprised role in "The Dentist II" (HBO); also co-produced

1997

Signed agreement with British-based Ardent Productions, which optioned first screenplay

1996

Starred on syndicated action series "The Cape"

1996

Had title role in "The Dentist" (HBO)

1996

Landed leading role in USA Network movie "Bloodhounds" and its sequel "Bloodhounds II"

1995

Tried sitcoms with short-lived "A Whole New Ballgame" (ABC)

1991

Helped launch Theatre of the Night

1991

Starred as legal rights activitist Morris Dees in "Line of Fire" (NBC)

1989

Played primadonna 3rd baseman Roger Dorn in "Major League"

1987

First starring role in a motion picture, "Hello Again"

1986

Rose to fame playing the amoral and womanizing, but utterly charming attorney Arnold Becker on "L.A. Law" (NBC)

1984

Landed regular role on ABC soap opera "Ryan's Hope"

1974

Made film debut in action feature "Three the Hard Way"

Made professional debut as a baby; appeared as a girl in a Pepsi commercial

Moved to New York City, where he appeared off-Broadway in "Lone Star"

Bonus Trivia

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Bernsen was a former model for Winston cigarettes.

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"I'd like to interview controversial people. I'd have to go straight to the top: the Bushes, the Reagans, Castro – anyone with an image they so proudly stand for. Do they really believe everything they say? I'm fascinated by characters who have this wonderful, clear image of what they are; one so protected they never allow themselves to waiver from that position. Yet, we know even the President goes to the bathroom. I want to shed a little light; to find the crack in the bathroom door." – Bernsen

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