Corbin Bernsen comes from an entertainment family. His mother Jeanne Cooper was on the long-running soap opera “The Young and the Restless” for 40 years. A graduate of UCLA where he earned his bachelor’s degree in theater and a Masterss degree in playwriting, he most recently starred as Henry Spencer on USA’s hit original series “Psych.”
Bernsen first catapulted to stardom during the 1980s when he starred in the hit NBC TV series, “L.A. Law.” He was nominated for both Emmy and Golden Globe awards for his performance as Arnie Becker on the show that virtually created the ensemble drama as we know it today. Along the way he hosted “Saturday Night Live” and had notable guest appearances on popular series such as “Seinfeld” and “Star Trek.”
In the feature film arena, he starred in the comedy “Hello Again” followed by other critically acclaimed roles in “Disorganized Crime,” Wolfgang Peterson’s “Shattered,” “The Great White Hype” and as the Cleveland Indians’ third baseman-turned-owner Roger Dorn in the extremely popular “Major League” film franchise. Other film credits include “Lay the Favorite” with Bruce Willis and “The Big Year” with Steve Martin, Jack Black and Owen Wilson. He also appeared with Robert Downey Jr. and Val Kilmer in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.” In recent years Bernsen moved to the other side of the camera and directed the films “Carpool Guy,” Dead Air” and “Rust,” which was distributed by Sony Pictures Entertainment. It was with the latter film that Bernsen shifted his focus to family friendly movies and formed Home Theater Films. “25 Hill,” which he also wrote and directed, ws the first title from his company and was distributed by EchoLight Studios in July 2012. This was followed by “3 Day Test,” also released in 2012, and “Beyond the Heavens” the next year, also released by EchoLight Studios. His most recent film, “Christian Mingle the Movie,” starring Lacey Chabert was released in October 2014 by Capital.
Bernsen lives in Los Angeles with his wife of 24 years, actress Amanda Pays, and their four sons.