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|Famous People from Lubbock County Texas|
Born in Lamesa, in Dawson County October 16, 1940, Corbin attended O.L. Slaton Jr. High and graduated from Monterey High School in Lubbock Texas. At 21, he joined the United States Marine Corps, served two years, and then returned to graduate from Texas Tech University.
Corbin began his career as an actor in the 1960s, today he is likely to be remembered in the role of the local sheriff, military leader, or some other authority figure, though on occasion, he has effectively portrayed murderous villains. He is well remembered as General Beringer in WarGames, John Travolta's uncle Bob Davis in Urban Cowboy, co-starring with Clint Eastwood in Any Which Way You Can, or Roscoe Brown, July Johnson's bumbling deputy in the acclaimed western Lonesome Dove starring fellow Texan, Tommy Lee Jones.
until 1984, he appeared in several episodes of Dallas as Sheriff
Fenton Washburn. In 1983, Corbin co-starred in the famed television
miniseries The Thorn Birds. Corbin played Mary Carson's stockman
Pete, who teaches the Clearys' sons how to shear sheep on their
aunt's gigantic sheep station Drogheda, in Australia. In 1983–1984,
Corbin played Merit Sawyer in the NBC television series Boone.
Corbin's role was that of a stern father to the young actor Tom
Byrd, who played Boone Sawyer, an aspiring singer. The program was
set in rural Tennessee during the 1950s and was created by Earl
Hamner, who had great success earlier with CBS's The Waltons.
In 2009, Corbin
was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. A
recent painting of Corbin has been placed at the museum exhibit.
Corbin has appeared at gatherings of the American Cowboy Culture
Association, which holds the annual National Cowboy Symposium and
Celebration each September in Lubbock.
Corbin currently lives near Fort Worth, Texas.