Corbin Bernsen comes from an entertainment family. His mother, Jeanne Cooper, was on the long running soap “The Young and The Restless” for 35 years. He is a graduate of UCLA where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Theater and a Master of Playwriting. Bernsen was first catapulted to stardom during the 1980s by the hit NBC television 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 now know it today. Later, he starred as Henry Spencer on USA Network’s hit original series “Psych.” During his illustrious career he has hosted “Saturday Night Live” and guest starred on “Seinfeld” and “Star Trek,” to name just a few of his many notable television appearances.
In the feature film arena, Bernsen 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 2006, Bernsen formed his own production company, Team Cherokee Productions, to exert more creative control over his projects and begin exploring material both as writer, director and producer. Today that company has taken root as Home Theater Films, an early player in the Faith and Family film genre. The company has explored a wide variety of themes beginning with the film Rust which was distributed by Sony Pictures. With five other films under their belt, including 25 Hill, Beyond the Heavens, Christin Mingle (starring Lacey Chabert) and Jess and Naomi. Home Theater Films has firmly carved a niche and name in this lucrative genre. Projects
include the dramatic feature Life with Dog, the family comedy Mary 4 Mayor and the television series “Blind Eye.”
In 2017, Bernsen delivered a powerhouse performance as Vulcan the Roman God of Fire, to great acclaim on the Starz hit “American Gods.” “American Gods” is a blend of ancient and modern mythology, fantasy and Americana based on the best-selling novel by renowned author, Neil Gaiman.
Bernsen has been thrilled to reprise his role as Henry Spencer on USA Network’s three “Psych” television movies. The “Psych” movie franchise is a continuation of the original series, which aired on USA Network from 2006 to 2014. The show had such a cult following that fans demanded it continue so the first installment, “Psych: The Movie,” aired on USA in 2017. The gang reunited again in “Psych 2: Lassie Comes Home” in Spring 2020 and Bernsen will join The Psych gang for a third movie titled “Psych 3: This Is Gus” set to premiere on Peacock later this year.
Bernsen recurred on Sundance TV’s dark comedy series, “Hap & Leonard” as the foul-mouthed and morally ambiguous head of police, Chief Cantuck. “Hap & Leonard” is based on the popular book series by Joe R. Lansdale. In 2019, Bernsen joined the second season of the comic book vigilante action drama “The Punisher” for Netflix playing Anderson Schultz, an extremely wealthy man who’s grown accustomed to getting his way.
Bernsen continues to play recurring roles on some of network and cable television’s hottest series such as, Showtime's “Billions” playing Bill McGann, CBS’s “Magnum PI” playing Icepick and most notably, Fox’s “The Resident” playing the role of Kyle Nevin for three seasons. He will next be seen in HBO’s “The White House Plumbers.”
Bernsen lives in New York with his wife, actress Amanda Pays, and their four sons.