Barry Corbin
Veteran character actor Barry Corbin plays the recurring role of Sheriff Fenton Washburn on the CBS-TV series "Dallas"
Barry Corbin
General Information
Birth Name: Sandy Brown
Born: (1940-10-16) October 16, 1940 (age 77)
Birthplace: Lamesa, Dawson County, Texas, U.S.
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 1960's - present
Appeared on/in
(or involved with):
Dallas (first series)
Appeared as: Sheriff Fenton Washburn in 9 episodes, Seasons 3 - 7

Barry Corbin (born October 16, 1940) played the recurring part of Sheriff Fenton Washburn, who was on the take with the Ewings, overlooking the investigation attempts of Cliff Barnes and others upon the business dealings of J.R. Ewing, in a total of five episodes in Seasons 3 through 7 of the original CBS-TV Dallas.


Born and raised in Lamesa, TX, Barry studied theatre arts at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. [1] At 21, he joined the United States Marine Corps, served two years and then returned to Tech. [2]He began his career as a Shakespearean actor in the 1960s, but today he is more likely to be seen in the role of the local sheriff, military leader, or some other authority figure, though on occasion, he has effectively portrayed murderous villains as well. To moviegoers he is well remembered as General Beringer opposite Matthew Broderick in WarGames (1983), John Travolta's uncle Bob Davis in Urban Cowboy (1980), co-starring with Clint Eastwood in Any Which Way You Can (1980), or Roscoe Brown, July Johnson's bumbling deputy in the acclaimed western Lonesome Dove (1993) with Robert Duvall.

From 1979 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 Cleary's 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. From 1990 to 1995, Corbin portrayed former astronaut Maurice Minnifield on CBS's Northern Exposure, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. [3]From 2003-2008, Corbin played the role of Whitey Durham, the basketball coach for the Tree Hill Ravens on The WB/CW teenage drama series One Tree Hill.[3] He also had a role in 2008's Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men. Corbin lost most of his hair in the 1990s due to alopecia areata. Since then, he has played various roles with a shaved head, wearing a cowboy hat, or occasionally wearing a full toupee. Corbin is the signature voice of radio station KPLX in Fort Worth, Texas, and has also voiced trailers and promos for CMT and various other country radio stations.[4] In 2014 he became the spokesman for The Texas Veterans Land Board.


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