13TH ANNUAL TEXAS FILM HALL OF FAME AWARDS
In Barry Corbin’s first feature film role as Uncle Bob in URBAN COWBOY, Corbin offers a piece of advice to his mechanical-bull riding nephew: “If you want to ride this thing right, you’ve got to ride it with style and form.” This line would define how Barry Corbin has approached his acting, by etching out his characters to a nuanced perfection each and every time. Born on October 16th, 1940 in Lamesa, TX, Corbin began acting at an early age. He took those skills to Lubbock, TX where he attended Texas Tech University for theater. After serving as a marine and doing stage acting in several cities around the country, Corbin returned to Texas for his first big film role. During the following years, Corbin developed his screen presence alongside other actors like Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder in STIR CRAZY, Clint Eastwood in HONKYTONK MAN and ANY WHICH WAY YOU CAN. Corbin took special care to craft General Beringer in WAR GAMES into a character that was far from a military stereotype. The early 90’s provided Corbin with the opportunity to star in the adaptation of a Pulitzer Prize winning novel and in one of the most beloved, quirky shows of all time. Corbin saddled up as Sheriff July Johnson’s Deputy, Roscoe Brown, in Larry McMurtry’s LONESOME DOVE. Not long after, Corbin found himself nominated for two Emmys by playing the wealthy idealist with a big dream for his small Alaskan town in “Northern Exposure.” More recently, Corbin appeared as a collected, wise friend to Tommy Lee Jones in the Coen Bros’ Best Picture Winner NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. He was also part of the SXSW Award-winning ensemble cast of THAT EVENING SUN. Currently, he appears in the critically acclaimed “The Closer” as the tough loving, protective father of Kyra Sedgwick.—Austin Culp, The Austin Film Society
With memorable film appearances in SHORT CIRCUIT, MANNEQUIN and the POLICE ACADEMY series as well as television roles on M*A*S*H, The Jeff Foxworthy Show, and The Closer, G.W. Bailey's career spans over 30 years. He has also served as the Executive Director of the Sunshine Kids Foundation since 2001.