Actor and country singer John Corbett was born on May 9, 1961 in Wheeling, West Virginia. After graduating from Cerritos College in Norwalk, California, he began his acting career, making his debut as a guest star on The Wonder Years, in 1988. Two years later, he would take a regular role in the acclaimed series Northern Exposure, which held the honor of being one of the few winners of two consecutive Peabody Awards. His role, ex-felon and disk jockey Chris Stevens, was supposed to be a short-lived one, as the show was just a summer replacement on CBS, but ended up running for six seasons, culminating in 1995.
Corbett is also known for his portrayal of furniture designer Aidan Shaw—the second boyfriend of Carrie Bradshaw (Sarah Jessica Parker)—in the series Sex and the City. He was part of the show’s cast from 2000 to 2003. His television roles were not all success, however. He was part of two short-lived television series; the science fiction series The Visitor, which aired in 1997, and the poker-themed drama Lucky, which aired in 2003. His most recent television role is in the Showtime series The United States of Tara, where he plays the title character’s (Toni Collette) husband, Max.
Corbett also had a notable film career, beginning with the 1991 flick Flight of the Intruder. Although most of his acting career was spent on his more successful television programs, he also had notable takes on films such as 2001’s Serendipity, 2002’s My Big Fat Greek Wedding and 2004’s Raise Your Voice.
Corbett’s success as a country singer came late into his career. 2006 marked the release of his eponymous debut album; one of the singles off it, “Good to Go”, went on to peak at #43 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.