Born in Lemesa, Texas and reared on the southern Great Plain, Barry Corbin's interest in drama began in high school in Lubbock and continued through college at Texas Tech University, where he majored in theatre. Since that time, he has become one of the most highly regarded practitioners of his art.

On the stage Corbin has performed in a variety of genres, both on and off Broadway, his roles running the gamut from classical to contemporary to musicals, in productions such as Masquerade, Macbeth, My Fair Lady and Charlie Goodnight. He has appeared in over two dozen feature films, among them such well known movies as Urban Cowboy, Wargames, and No Country for Old Men. Recently, his portrayal of ‘Mr. Walker' in The Man Who Shook the Hand of Vicente Fernandez earned critical acclaim. Corbin has also co-starred in several popular television series, including Lonesome Dove, Northern Exposure, One Tree Hill and The Closer, and currently can be seen in Modern Family and Anger Management. He has also written for both radio and the stage.

Corbin currently lives in Fort Worth, Texas.