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Hall of Great Western Performers
Inducted in 2018
Barry Corbin

Barry Corbin


Equally at home in a Shakespearean doublet or a cowboy hat, Barry Corbin makes an impression on audiences no matter how large or small the role.  While he’s a dynamic lead, he has become favored pinch hitter to whom directors turn when they need a performer who can set the stage with just one or two scenes.

As a well-respected actor in films and on television for over five decades, this Emmy-nominated Lamesa, Texas, native has played larger-than-life figures in films such as Urban Cowboy (1980), The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (1981), WarGames (1983),and Killers of the Flower Moon (2023),as well as television projects Lonesome Dove (1989), Northern Exposure (1990-95), Conagher (1991), The Big Easy (1996-97), Crossfire Trail  (2001), Monte Walsh  (2003), One Tree Hill (2003-09), The Closer (2007-12), Anger Management (2012-14), The Ranch (2016-20), and Yellowstone (2021). Corbin has dazzled audiences and critics alike with some of his richest work in performances No Country for Old Men (2007), The Homesman (2014), and Windsor (2015).  The son of a Texas senator and an elementary school teacher, as a boy Corbin became enamored with character actors. He began his long ride to the screen with work on Broadway and stages throughout the country including a one-man play he developed called “Charles Goodnight’s Last Night.”  His role as Uncle Bob in Urban Cowboy marked his feature debut in 1980.

Corbin is well known in the cutting horse world and with many championship buckles to prove he’s a hand. He does charity work raising money and awareness as the spokesman for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation and as the celebrity host for the Round Up for Autism. 

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