PROFILE
Name:
John Corbett
Birth Date:
May 9, 1961
Birth Place:
Wheeling, West Virginia, USA
Height:
6' 5" (1.96 m)
Nationality:
American
Famous for:
His role as DJ Chris Stevens on CBS's Northern Exposure (1990-1995)
BIOGRAPHY
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Northern Exposure DJ

Background:

"I always think anything I do is going to win an Emmy, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award. If I make a record I'm sure it's going to make a Grammy. You could say I'm an optimist. If I have doubts I usually pull out and say, 'Y'know, this isn't going to happen.' I can't work on something I have doubts about, for sure." John Corbett.

Emmy and Global Globe nominee John Corbett was shot toward stardom while playing Chris Stevens (1990-1995), an ex-felon who was the morning show DJ at KBHR on CBS' quirky, surreal, character-driven dramatic-comedy series "Northern Exposure," and as Aidan Shaw (2000-2003), Sarah Jessica Parker's kind and sensitive ex-fiancé on HBO's hit sitcom "Sex and the City." He also starred as Adam McArthur (1997-1998), the man who disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle 50 years ago and returns to Earth to help make life better for humanity on Fox Network's sci-fi series "The Visitor," and portrayed the title role of the compulsive gambler and World Poker champion who lost it all but tries to rebuild his life on the FX Network's short-lived dark comedy series "Lucky" (2003). Next, he reportedly will star in the American version of the British television comedy/drama series "Manchild," alongside James Purefoy and Kevin Smith.

On the big screen, Corbett delivered memorable roles in Serendipity (2001), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002), Raising Helen (2004), Raise Your Voice (2004), Bigger Than the Sky (2005), Dreamland (2006) and The Messengers (2007).

As for his personal life, the lanky, handsome player currently lives with his girlfriend, actress Bo Derek, whom he met on a blind date.

"I think people who want to have children should think about getting married first, that's always a good thing to do. But if you're not a person who wants to have children, I don't think the pressure to being married should be so much for you, if you don't think you're going to be a parent." John Corbett.


West Virginia Root

Childhood and Family:

"I'm an only child. I've always been a little different doing whatever I wanted." John Corbett.

In Wheeling, West Virginia, John Corbett was born on May 9, 1961, to a father named John Joseph Corbett Sr. He is a vegetarian and owns a female cat called Donna Reed. He plays guitar and piano, and is a part owner of a club in Seattle called the Fenix Underground. As of 2002, he resides in Seattle, Washington. He also has houses in California, Maui, and West Virginia, and probably soon in Nashville.


Dreamland

Career:

"I worked in a steel factory and got hurt and didn't have a job. And the next thing they knew I was in 'Hair.' They saw me as a welder who was singing and dancing." John Corbett.

A former licensed hairstylist, West Virginia native John Corbett moved to California and worked as a steel laborer for six years until a back injury forced him to quit. He then joined drama classes at a local Los Angeles college and subsequently did a slew of TV commercials, including a stint as spokesman for Ford Motor Company.

"In the beginning it was tough. There was a lot of rejection, but you don't really know what you're doing in the beginning. You're a young actor and you think you're good, but you're really not because you're just starting out and the answer is 'No thanks' more than it is 'You're welcome.' I'm very tall, 6-5, so height was a little bit of a disadvantage because a lot of leading men aren't 6 feet tall and leading ladies tend to be 5-6 or -7." John Corbett.

Corbett began appearing in such plays as Dylan Thomas' "Under Milkwood" and Jerome Ragni and James Rado's "Hair." In the late 1980s, he eventually got his big break when he appeared as a guest in an April 1988 episode of ABC Emmy Award-winning dramedy "The Wonder Years," playing the free-spirited boyfriend of the protagonist's older sister.

"I had been working in the steel factory for six years. I always found a way to make money, always knew how to get a job and make cash. I sold insulation door-to-door, introduced acts at the Magic Castle (a private Hollywood club featuring magicians). I had to quit that job to do 'Northern Exposure.' I'm not afraid to work. I like to work." John Corbett.

However, it was the CBS' quirky, surreal, character-driven dramatic-comedy series "Northern Exposure" which helped to catapult his name toward the stardom. He stayed on the show during its six seasons run, playing the role of Chris Stevens (1990-1995), an ex-felon who was the morning show DJ at KBHR. His performance later earned him nominations at the Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series and at the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV.

During his "Northern Exposure" stint, Corbett also made his feature debut in a small role in John Milius' adaptation of the novel by A-6 Intruder pilot Stephen Coonts, Flight of the Intruder (1991), and was also briefly seen in George P. Cosmatos' Western movie Tombstone (1993). And after the demise of the series, he was offered to play a murder suspect in the ABC miniseries inspired by Scott Whisnant’s book, "Innocent Victims" (1996), and starred as Adam McArthur (1997-1998), the man who disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle 50 years ago and returns to Earth to help make life better for humanity, on the Fox Network's sci-fi series "The Visitor," which gave him a Best Genre TV Actor nomination from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films. He also appeared in Mick Jackson's action drama Volcano (1997) and played the lead in the sci-fi TV movie The Warlord: Battle for the Galaxy (1998).

In the new millennium, Corbett developed sexy hunk status while portraying Sarah Jessica Parker's kind and sensitive ex-fiancé Aidan Shaw (2000-2003) on HBO's popular comedy series based on the novel by Candace Bushnell, "Sex and the City." The role later earned Corbett another Golden Globe nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television.

Meanwhile, he was cast as Kate Beckinsale's new age-musician beau in Peter Chelsom's romantic comedy Serendipity (2001) before going to co-star with Nia Vardalos playing Ian Miller, the sweet, cool-tempered non-Greek American whom Vardalos' character falls in love with, in Joel Zwick's box-office hit romantic comedy film My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002). The latter film earned Corbett and the film’s cast member nomination at Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by the Cast of a Theatrical Motion Picture. He also won the title role of the compulsive gambler and one-time World Poker champion who lost it all but tries to rebuild his life on the FX Network's short-lived dark comedy series "Lucky" (2003).

Next, moviegoers saw Corbett as the title role’s (played by Kate Hudson) genuine attraction Dan Parker, the kids' handsome school principal and local pastor in Garry Marshall's comedy/drama film Raising Helen, and as Hilary Duff’s singing mentor in Sean McNamara's teen musical drama film Raise Your Voice. Afterward, he starred as the charming but mercurial Michael Degan in Al Corley's romantic drama comedy Bigger Than the Sky (2005; with Sean Astin and Amy Smart) and co-starred with Agnes Bruckner, Kelli Garner and Justin Long in Jason Matzner's drama film Dreamland (2006), which won him Best Supporting Actor at Method Fest.

More recently, Corbett co-starred as John Burwell, the man hired by Dylan McDermott's character to work on his sunflower farm in the Pang Brothers' newly-released supernatural thriller film, The Messengers (2007). He reportedly will star in the American version of British television comedy/drama series "Manchild," alongside James Purefoy and Kevin Smith.

Corbett, who once announced that he would retire from acting to pursue a career as a country music singer, released his first full length album “Good To Go” on April 4, 2006, which is a blend of country and Southern rock. Corbett has been on a nationwide tour with his band for much of 2006.

“I was always sort of waiting for the phone to stop ringing a little bit so I could free myself up (for music). At one point I finished all my commitments to act and didn't have anything on the horizon so I thought, 'Now's the time to go to Nashville and make my record.' I said I was going to put two years aside so I wouldn't be distracted from anything that came along and that sort of happened. I did three projects in that two years, but whenever they came along they weren't distractions. Like this movie; they just fit in." John Corbett.

Awards:

  • Method Fest: Best Supporting Actor, Dreamland, 2006
     
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