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. He studied theatre arts at Texas Tech University. At 21, he
joined the United States Marine Corps, served two years, and then
returned to Texas Tech.
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.
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.
In September 2011, Corbin was given a Lifetime Achievement Award by
the Estes Park Film Festival in Estes Park, Colorado. The Texas Film
Hall of Fame inducted Corbin into its membership on March 8, 2012
Corbin currently lives near Fort Worth, Texas and has been seen
attending local ranch rodeos.
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