'One Tree Hill' Coach Stars In String of Films
'One Tree Hill' Coach Stars In String of Films
Best known to One Tree Hill fans as Coach Whitney Durham, Barry Corbin kept busy in between seasons of the show by heading to the big screen.  Corbin has completed four films alone set for release in the next year.  His most high profile movie comes from Oscar-winner Paul Haggis's film, In The Valley of Elah.  The movie boasts an all star cast including Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, James Franco, Jason Patric, and Susan Sarandon.

Written and directed by Paul Haggis (Crash, Million Dollar Baby), In The Valley of Elah is a story about a young soldier who mysteriously goes AWOL for four days after returning from the front lines of Iraq.  His father (Jones) and mother (Sarandon) hire a police detective (Theron) to help track him down.  His father finds out that his son was murdered and goes on a mission trying to piece together what led to his untimely death.  The movie was inspired by a 2004 Playboy magazine article written by Mark Boal.  In The Valley of Elah is set for a September 14 release date.

Corbin can also be seen later this year in the movie Lake City, a drama about a family tragedy that reunites a mother and son.  The film stars Sissy Spacek, Rebecca Romijn (Ugly Betty), Dave Matthews, and Drea de Matteo (The Sopranos).  He also has two films due out in 2008: The Hill and The House of Terror.

Barry Corbin is a film veteran who has appeared in over 100 films.  At 67 years old, his first movie came in 1980 when he appeared in Urban Cowboy.  He has appeared in a number of television shows such as: Spin City, The Drew Carey Show, Reba, and is most well known for a long stint on Northern Exposure in the early 90s.  He has also starred in Broadway and Off-Broadway shows.
Filming began last month on season five of One Tree Hill.  The show will return as a midseason replacement in 2008.  One Tree Hill changes gears in season five as the cast and storylines move four years into the future.

- Gina Scarpa, BuddyTV Staff Writer

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