For younger audiences Corbin Bernsen is known as retired police detective Henry Spencer in the USA s hit show Psych but to those a little older he ll forever be the lovable Arnie Becker in L.A. Law. In the late 1980s and early 90s the ruggedly handsome actor appeared on more than 50 magazine covers and hosted Saturday Night Live. The 58 year old actor spoke to FOX 411 about his career marriage and faith.
FOX 411 Besides Psych what else have you got going on Bernsen I have a tech project on the side called Powsumer. I had this vision where say 50 people want a TV at this price and what we do is bring the seller to that group of people. I have a production company called Home Theater Films which makes faith based films.
FOX 411 Are you born again Bernsen That s not where I put myself. I consider myself a Christian. It s the kind of thing I struggle with. I have faith I believe in God All I know is I march to my own drummer these days. I stay true to myself and there s a lot of people who want faith in their lives and I m more about that. I would like to bring them into the discussion.
I am certainly on a journey of discussion. We re have a conversation about it and in these days where there s so much in the world that s not working and somehow we ve used faith and religion as a glue for society something that s made things work not drive things apart I feel there s a need to celebrate that for the good of what it is. It gets so much bad press.
There s an assumption if you have any faith you vote a certain way or you re a conservative and that s not true. There are very cool relevant people who have faith in their lives and people who want to have faith who are afraid to enter the conversation.
That s all I care about entering the conversation. I have four sons who are basically growing up in a world where basically they don t believe that s not good either. So I m not saying you have to believe in God or Christ just come into the conversation for a bit I find it far more interesting than say talking about Lindsay Lohan.
FOX 411 Back in the late 80s you were the It boy for a while.Bernsen For a while you re starting to make me feel like a has been Actually L.A. Law has been a bit of a blessing and a curse. First of all it was a very prestigious show that had a lot of intellect and I was the pretty boy. I ve had to battle that my whole career Oh you were the face guy. You didn t really have to act you just had to wear the right suits. I had to battle that.
FOX 411 You ve been married a long time to British actress Amanda Pays . What s the secret Bernsen It s been 25 years this November. Friendship absolutely first and foremost. All the other stuff like sex it comes and goes in waves. After two or three years the honeymoon is over. The thing that keeps you going when things relax a bit is the friendship. When you celebrate that friendship that s when it reignites the passion. I don t have a bunch of mates. I don t have a man cave. My wife and I we are each other s best friend.
I m very fortunate that I have a gorgeous wife that I m still completely attracted to and love to get naked with at every possible moment.
FOX 411 Being in a house of men has your wife ever entered a bathroom without the toilet seat up Bernsen She loves it. We have this unique beautiful thing.
FOX 411 I know I m just talking about toilet seats Bernsen I put it down. Mind you I tried to get a urinal in our bathroom when we built our house.
FOX 411 That s a great idea.Bernsen I think it would be great for the middle of the night piss. I don t know why more people don t do that.