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Barry Corbin: Hollywood’s Favorite Authority Figure

You might best remember actor Barry Corbin from his many roles portraying authority figures, like sheriffs and generals. He played General Beringer in WarGames. He was John Travolta’s uncle in Urban Cowboy. And he played a bumbling deputy in Lonesome Dove. He’s got a new film called The Last Man Club, where he plays a […]

Barry Corbin Actor - Image Courtesy Texas Veterans Land Bureau

You might best remember actor Barry Corbin from his many roles portraying authority figures, like sheriffs and generals. He played General Beringer in WarGames. He was John Travolta’s uncle in Urban Cowboy. And he played a bumbling deputy in Lonesome Dove.

He’s got a new film called The Last Man Club, where he plays a World War II vet who’s among the few remaining members of his B-17 bomber crew. Some of the film’s scenes were shot at Ellington Field.

This weekend, WorldFest Houston is honoring him with the REMI Lifetime Achievement Award. Craig Cohen talks with Corbin about his career.

(Above: Actor Barry Corbin appears in a PSA for the Texas Veterans Land Bureau.)

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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