Veteran actor Barry Corbin is still riding high with a role on Modern Family and more!
In an exclusive interview with 'Closer Weekly', he opens up about enjoying life in his 70s, still working in Hollywood after 40 years and what keeps him going at 74 years old.
“Every age has its benefits and I wouldn’t trade being in my 70s for anything,” Barry exclusively tells 'Closer.'
Barry with his 'Modern Family' costar Ed O'Neill. (Photo Credit: R/R)
And though he’s been in more than 180 films and TV shows, from his 1980 big screen debut as Uncle Bob in the John Travolta hit 'Urban Cowboy' to his current recurring role as Cam’s farmer dad on 'Modern Family,' he tells 'Closer,' “[I] learn something new every day. That’s my ambition, just to keep working and keep enjoying it. If I weren’t doing this, I’d have to do something to keep my mind engaged — maybe work at Walmart?”
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Despite multiple projects in the works, he reveals it isn’t always easy as a senior citizen to find roles. “There aren’t a whole lot of parts available, but on the other hand, the competition is getting less. Most of the guys my age are either retired or they died.”
Barry with his 'Urban Cowboy' costars in 1980. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
But Barry isn’t slowing down anytime soon and says age is all relative! “When you’re in your 20s, you think that if you get to be 35, it’ll be a miracle. Then you get to be 40 and think, OK, I’ve made it this far. Then you hit 50 and you think that you’ve gotten your fill. At 60, you just can’t believe it. Age is all relative. It’s how you feel and how you approach it. Some people are old at 40. Some people still have the fire of a young man at 95.”
For the full interview with Barry, pick up the new issue of 'Closer,' on newsstands now!
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