Leonard Barrie "Barry" Corbin is an American actor. His most well-known role came in the television series Northern Exposure, for which he was consecutively nominated for two Primetime Emmy Awards. Corbin was born in the seat of Dawson County, south of Lubbock in West Texas, he is the son of the former Alma LaMerle Scott, a teacher, Kilmer Blaine Corbin, Sr. a school principal and Democratic member of the Texas State Senate for two terms, from 1949–1957. Corbin was named for author J. M. Barrie by his mother, he played football in eighth grade, but soon moved to the arts, including acting and ballet classes. He graduated from Monterey High School. Corbin studied theatre arts at Texas Tech University in Lubbock. At 21, he joined the United States Marine Corps, served two years, returned to Tech. Corbin began his career as a Shakespearean actor in the 1960s, but today he is more to be seen in the role of the local sheriff, military leader, or some other authority figure, though on occasion, he has portrayed murderous villains, as well.
To moviegoers, he is well remembered as General Beringer in WarGames, John Travolta's uncle Bob Davis in Urban Cowboy, co-starring with Clint Eastwood in Any Which Way You Can, or Roscoe Brown, July Johnson's bumbling deputy in the acclaimed Western Lonesome Dove. From 1979 until 1984, he appeared in several episodes of Dallas as Sheriff Fenton Washburn. In 1983, Corbin co-starred in the famed television miniseries The Thorn Birds. Corbin played Mary Carson's stockman Pete, who teaches the Clearys' sons how to shear sheep on their aunt's gigantic sheep station Drogheda, in Australia. In 1983–1984, Corbin played Merit Sawyer in the NBC television series Boone. Corbin's role was that of a stern father to the young actor Tom Byrd, who played Boone Sawyer, an aspiring singer; the program was set in rural Tennessee during the 1950s and was created by Earl Hamner, who had great success earlier with CBS's The Waltons. From 1990 to 1995, Corbin portrayed former astronaut and local business leader Maurice Minnifield on CBS's Northern Exposure, for which he received an Emmy Award nomination.
In 1994, Corbin narrated the acclaimed TBS documentary MoonShot, telling the story of the 1960s space race from the first-person viewpoint of Mercury Seven astronaut Deke Slayton. In 2007, he played the character Clay Johnson, father of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on The Closer series. In 2000, he played the role of General Carville in Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 and Command & Conquer: Yuri's Revenge. In 2003, Corbin co-starred with Northern Exposure castmate John Cullum in Blackwater Elegy, an award-winning short film written by Matthew Porter and co-directed by Porter and Joe O'Brien. From 2003–2008, Corbin played Whitey Durham, the basketball coach for the Tree Hill Ravens on The WB/CW teenager drama series One Tree Hill, he had a role in 2008's Oscar-winning film No Country for Old Men. Corbin lost most of his hair in the 1990s due to alopecia areata. Since he has played various roles with a shaved head, wearing a cowboy hat, or wearing a full toupee.
Corbin is the signature voice of radio station KPLX in Fort Worth and has voiced trailers and promotions for CMT and various other country radio stations. In 2014, he became the spokesman for the Texas Veterans Land Board. In 2014, Corbin worked with Tracey Birdsall on Dawn of the Crescent Moon, followed by working alongside her for the up-coming science fiction films At the Edge of Time and The Time War. Before breaking into film, Corbin won many cutting-horse competitions. Much of his spare time is spent riding horses and tending to cattle on his small Texas ranch near Fort Worth, he has volunteered his time to charity for many years, including rodeos and being spokesman for the National Alopecia Areata Foundation. In 2006, he participated in the Lubbock centennial. Corbin lives on the ranch with Shannon Ross and grandchildren. Shannon had been adopted as an infant. Corbin found Shannon in June 1991, when she was 26. Corbin has three sons: Bernard Weiss, Jim Corbin, Christopher Corbin. Christopher has followed in his father's footsteps as an actor.
Bernard was adopted by the Weiss family and in life got in touch with Corbin. His second wife, Susan Berger, he divorced in 1992. In 2009, Corbin was inducted into the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame in Fort Worth. A recent painting of Corbin has been placed at the museum exhibit. Corbin has appeared at gatherings of the American Cowboy Culture Association, which holds the annual National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration each September in Lubbock. In September 2011, Corbin was given a lifetime achievement award by the Estes Park Film Festival in Estes Park, Colorado; the Texas Film Hall of Fame inducted Corbin into its membership on March 8, 2012. Man Against the Mob Celebrity Poker Showdown Dallas – Sheriff Fenton Washburn, Sheriff of Braddock County M*A*S*H – Sgt. Joe Vickers in episode "Your Retention, Please" This House Possessed – Lieutenant Fletcher Hart to Hart – Hart and Sinker, Sheriff Bud Williams Travis McGee – TV Movie – Sheriff Hack Ames The A-Team – Kinkaid Lonesome Dove – Roscoe Brown The Thorn Birds miniseries Matlock The Court Martial – Army Col. Steven McRea LBJ: The Early Years – TV Movie – Judge Alvin J. Wirtz Man Against the Mob – TV Movie – Big Mac McCleary Northern Exposure – 110 episodes – Maurice J. Minnifield / Mace Mobrey The Chase – TV Movie
Musical film is a film genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing. The songs advance the plot or develop the film's characters, but in some cases, they serve as breaks in the storyline as elaborate "production numbers." The musical film was a natural development of the stage musical after the emergence of sound film technology. The biggest difference between film and stage musicals is the use of lavish background scenery and locations that would be impractical in a theater. Musical films characteristically contain elements reminiscent of theater. In a sense, the viewer becomes the diegetic audience, as the performer looks directly into the camera and performs to it; the 1930's through the early 1950's are considered to be the golden age of the musical film, when the genre's popularity was at its highest in the Western world. Disney's Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the earliest Disney animated feature film, was a musical which won an honorary Oscar for Walt Disney at the 11th Academy Awards.
Musical short films were made by Lee de Forest in 1923–24. Beginning in 1926, thousands of Vitaphone shorts were made, many featuring bands and dancers; the earliest feature-length films with synchronized sound had only a soundtrack of music and occasional sound effects that played while the actors portrayed their characters just as they did in silent films: without audible dialogue. The Jazz Singer, released in 1927 by Warner Brothers, was the first to include an audio track including non-dietetic music and diegetic music, but it had only a short sequence of spoken dialogue; this feature-length film was a musical, featuring Al Jolson singing "Dirty Hands, Dirty Face", "Toot, Tootsie", "Blue Skies", "My Mammy". Historian Scott Eyman wrote, "As the film ended and applause grew with the houselights, Sam Goldwyn's wife Frances looked around at the celebrities in the crowd, she saw'terror in all their faces', she said, as if they knew that'the game they had been playing for years was over'." Still, only isolated sequences featured "live" sound.
In 1928, Warner Brothers followed this up with another Jolson part-talkie, The Singing Fool, a blockbuster hit. Theaters scrambled to install the new sound equipment and to hire Broadway composers to write musicals for the screen; the first all-talking feature, Lights of New York, included a musical sequence in a night club. The enthusiasm of audiences was so great that in less than a year all the major studios were making sound pictures exclusively; the Broadway Melody had a show-biz plot about two sisters competing for a charming song-and-dance man. Advertised by MGM as the first "All-Talking, All-Singing, All-Dancing" feature film, it was a hit and won the Academy Award for Best Picture for 1929. There was a rush by the studios to hire talent from the stage to star in lavishly filmed versions of Broadway hits; the Love Parade starred Maurice Chevalier and newcomer Jeanette MacDonald, written by Broadway veteran Guy Bolton. Warner Brothers produced the first screen operetta, The Desert Song in 1929.
They photographed a large percentage of the film in Technicolor. This was followed by the first all-color, all-talking musical feature, entitled On with the Show; the most popular film of 1929 was the second all-color, all-talking feature, entitled Gold Diggers of Broadway. This film broke all box office records and remained the highest-grossing film produced until 1939; the market became flooded with musicals and operettas. The following all-color musicals were produced in 1929 and 1930 alone: The Show of Shows, The Vagabond King, Follow Thru, Bright Lights, Golden Dawn, Hold Everything, The Rogue Song, Song of the Flame, Song of the West, Sweet Kitty Bellairs, Under a Texas Moon, Bride of the Regiment, Whoopee!, King of Jazz, Viennese Nights, Kiss Me Again. In addition, there were scores of musical features released with color sequences. Hollywood released more than 100 musical films in 1930, but only 14 in 1931. By late 1930, audiences had been oversaturated with musicals and studios were forced to cut the music from films that were being released.
For example, Life of the Party was produced as an all-color, all-talking musical comedy. Before it was released, the songs were cut out; the same thing happened to Fifty Million Frenchmen and Manhattan Parade both of, filmed in Technicolor. Marlene Dietrich sang songs in her films, Rodgers and Hart wrote a few well-received films, but their popularity waned by 1932; the public had come to associate color with musicals and thus the decline in their popularity resulted in a decline in color productions. The taste in musicals revived again in 1933 when director Busby Berkeley began to enhance the traditional dance number with ideas drawn from the drill precision he had experienced as a soldier during World War I. In films such as 42nd Street and Gold Diggers of 1933, Berkeley choreographed a number of films in his unique style. Berkeley's numbers begin on a stage but transcend the limitations of theatrical space: his ingenious routines, involving human bodies forming patterns like a kaleidoscope, could never fit onto a real stage and the intended perspective is viewing from straight above.
Musical stars such as Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were among the most popular and highly
Manchester is a city in Coffee County, United States. The population was 10,102 at the 2010 census, it is the county seat of Coffee County. The city is located halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga on Interstate 24. Manchester is part of Tennessee Micropolitan Statistical Area. Since 2002, Manchester has been the host city for the annual Bonnaroo Music Festival; the city's population swells to nearly 100,000 people for the four-day event, for which people travel across the country to camp and enjoy continuous and diverse music. A post office called Manchester has been in operation since 1817; the city was named in England. According to historians, "A small village, “Mitchellsville” was in existence near the proposed site for the new county seat, but when the new county was formed, it was renamed “Manchester” after the industrial city of Manchester, England; because of the abundance of water power, provided by the “Little Duck” & “Big Duck” Rivers, which flow through Manchester, it was hoped that it would become a great industrial city."
Manchester is located south of the center of Coffee County at 35°28′24″N 86°5′8″W. Interstate 24 passes through the northeast side of the city, with access from Exits 110, 111, 114. Exit "112" is available directly from the shoulder of I-24 which meets the western edge of the Bonnaroo Music Festival site. From Exit 111 it is 68 miles southeast 65 miles northwest to Nashville. U. S. Route 41 passes through the center of town as Hillsboro Boulevard. Tennessee State Route 55 passes through the east side of Manchester as McArthur Street; the Little Duck River passes through the city. The Duck River, a tributary of the Tennessee River, passes through the northwest corner of the city. Both rivers drop over waterfalls above their confluence, within Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.2 square miles, of which 14.1 square miles is land and 0.04 square miles, or 0.24%, is water. As of the census of 2000, there were 8,294 people, 3,326 households, 2,148 families residing in the city.
The population density was 752.0 people per square mile. There were 3,633 housing units at an average density of 329.4 per square mile. The racial makeup of the city was 92.66% White, 3.91% African American, 0.37% Native American, 1.21% Asian, 1.00% from other races, 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.28% of the population. There were 3,326 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 35.4% were non-families. 31.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.4% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 2.91. The age of the population was spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 22.1% from 45 to 64, 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.3 males.
For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.0 males. The median income for a household in the city was $31,983, the median income for a family was $38,404. Males had a median income of $31,708 versus $21,380 for females; the per capita income for the city was $17,168. About 13.1% of families and 17.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.0% of those under age 18 and 20.0% of those age 65 or over. DJ Qualls, film actor, Road Trip, The New Guy, Hustle & Flow. Betty Sain, horse trainer and breeder J. Stanley Rogers Old Stone Fort, part of Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park, adjacent to the western city limits Great Stage Park is a 650-acre outdoor event space. Since 2002 it has been home to the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, the largest outdoor festival in North America. Arrowheads/Aerospace Cultural Center, a museum that exhibits many kinds of artifacts relating to the area. Manchester - Coffee County Conference Center, a full service event facility including catering and both indoor/outdoor event spaces.
City of Manchester official website The Manchester Times City charter
Gettysburg (1993 film)
Gettysburg is a 1993 American epic war film written and directed by Ronald F. Maxwell, adapted from the historical novel The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara, about the Battle of Gettysburg in Gettysburg, during the American Civil War; the film stars Tom Berenger, Jeff Daniels, Martin Sheen. The film begins with a narrated map showing the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, commanded by Robert E. Lee, crossing the Potomac River to invade the North in June 1863, marching across Maryland and into Pennsylvania. On June 30, Confederate spy Henry Thomas Harrison reports to Lt. Gen. James Longstreet, commander of the First Corps, that the Union Army of the Potomac is moving in their direction, that Union commander Joseph Hooker has been replaced by George Meade. Longstreet reports the information to General Lee, concerned that the army is moving "on the word of an actor", as opposed to that of his cavalry chief, J. E. B. Stuart. Nonetheless, Lee orders the army to concentrate near the town of Gettysburg.
At the Union encampments near Union Mills, Col. Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain of the 20th Maine is ordered to take in 120 men from the disbanded 2nd Maine who had resigned in protest, with permission to shoot any man who refuses to fight. Chamberlain speaks to the men, is able to persuade all but six to take up arms. In Gettysburg, Brig. Gen. John Buford and his cavalry division spot elements of Henry Heth's division of A. P. Hill's Third Corps approaching the town, judging the terrain to be "lovely ground", elect to stand and fight there. Buford sends word to I Corps commander Maj. Gen. John F. Reynolds to bring up reinforcements. Heth's troops engage Buford's cavalry the following morning, July 1, with Richard S. Ewell's Second Corps moving in to flank them. Reynolds is killed by a Confederate sharpshooter; the Union army is pushed out of Gettysburg to Cemetery Ridge, Lee—rejecting Longstreet's suggestion to redeploy south of Gettysburg and go on the defensive—orders Ewell to take the Union position "if practicable".
However, Ewell does not engage. The armies concentrate at their chosen positions for the remainder of the first day. At Confederate headquarters at Seminary Ridge, Maj. Gen. Isaac R. Trimble angrily denounces Ewell's inaction to Lee, requests another assignment. On the second day, July 2, Col. Strong Vincent's brigade from the Union V Corps is deployed to Little Round Top, Vincent places the 20th Maine at the end of the line, warning Chamberlain that he and his regiment are the flank, that if they retreat, the Confederate army can swing around behind them and rout the Union forces. Lee orders Longstreet to deploy his two available divisions to take Little Round Top and the neighboring Big Round Top; as Longstreet's corps deploys, Maj. Gen. John Bell Hood, commanding one of the divisions, protests to Longstreet. Longstreet, despite his own protests to Lee, orders Hood to attack. At the summit of Little Round Top and the 20th Maine fight off wave after wave of advancing Confederates, begin running out of ammunition.
Colonel Vincent is mortally wounded, none of the other three regiments in his brigade are able to provide support. Chamberlain orders his men to fix bayonets, charge in a right wheel down the slope against the attacking Confederates; the attack drives the Confederate assault back, the Union flank holds. That evening, Stuart arrives, Lee reprimands him for his being out of contact. At the same time, Longstreet's remaining division, under Maj. Gen. George Pickett, arrives on the field. For the third day, July 3, Lee decides to send three divisions—Pickett's, Trimble's, J. Johnston Pettigrew's—to attack the center of the Union line at Cemetery Ridge. Longstreet expresses his belief to Lee that the attack will fail, as the movement is a mile over open ground, that the Union II Corps under Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock is deployed behind a stone wall, just as Longstreet's men had been at Fredericksburg. Lee nonetheless orders the attack to proceed. Longstreet meets with the three division commanders and details the plan, beginning first with Colonel Edward Porter Alexander's artillery clearing the Union guns off the ridge, before deploying the men forward.
Despite heavy Confederate fire, Alexander is unable to make an impact upon the Union guns. When Pickett asks to move forward, Longstreet nods; the Confederate divisions march across the open field, Hancock is wounded as he commands from the front line. One of Pickett's brigades, commanded by Brig. Gen. Lewis Armistead, makes it over the stone wall, but Armistead is wounded and captured by Union troops; the Confederates rout or retreat due to high casualties. Lee asks Pickett to send his division back out, but he replies "General Lee, I have no division": Pickett's Charge fails. Meeting with Longstreet that evening, Lee decides that they will withdraw; the film ends with the fates of the major figures of the battle. Tom Berenger as Lieutenant General James Longstreet Jeff Daniels as Colonel Joshua Chamberlain Martin Sheen as General Robert E. Lee Kevin Conway as Sergeant "Buster" Kilrain C. Thomas Howell as Lieutenant Thomas Chamberlain Richard Jordan as Brigadier General Lewis A. "Lo" Armistead Richard Anderson as Major General George Meade Royce D. Applegate as Brigadier General James L.
Kemper John Diehl as Private Joseph Bucklin Maxwell Caulfield as Colonel Strong Vincent Joshua D. Maurer as Colonel James Clay Rice Patrick Gorman as Major General John Bell Hood Cooper Huckabee as Henry Thomas Harris
Mark Richard Hamill is an American actor, voice actor, writer. Hamill is known for playing Luke Skywalker in the Star Wars films, which won him the Saturn Award for Best Actor twice, he is known for his voice acting in animation and video games for his portrayal of the Joker, beginning with Batman: The Animated Series in 1992. Hamill was born in Oakland, California, to Virginia Suzanne and U. S. Navy Captain William Thomas Hamill, he is one of seven children, having two brothers and Patrick, four sisters, Jan and Kim. His father has English, Scottish and Welsh ancestry and his mother was of half Swedish and half English descent, his father's changes of station and attendant family moves led to the Hamill children changing schools often. In his elementary years, he went to Poe Middle School. At age 11, he moved to the 5900 block of Castleton Drive in San Diego, where he attended Hale Junior High School. During his first year at James Madison High School, his family moved to Virginia, Hamill attended Annandale High School.
By his junior year, his father was stationed in Japan, where Hamill attended and was a member of the Drama Club at Nile C. Kinnick High School, from which he graduated in 1969, he enrolled at Los Angeles City College, majoring in drama. Hamill has described his father as a staunch Roman Catholic, "Nixon Republican". Hamill's early career included a recurring role on the soap opera General Hospital, a starring role on the short-lived sitcom The Texas Wheelers, he portrayed the oldest son, David, in the pilot episode of Eight Is Enough, though the role was performed by Grant Goodeve. He had guest appearances on The Bill Cosby Show, The Partridge Family, Room 222 and One Day at a Time, he appeared in multiple television films such as The City, Sarah T. - Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic. Robert Englund was auditioning for a role in Apocalypse Now when he walked across the hall where auditions were taking place for George Lucas's Star Wars. After watching the auditions for a while, he realized that Hamill, his friend, would be perfect for the role of Luke Skywalker.
He suggested to Hamill. Released in May 1977, Star Wars was an enormous, unexpected success and had a huge effect on the film industry. Hamill appeared in the Star Wars Holiday Special in 1978 and starred in the successful sequels The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi. During the time between the first two films, Hamill was involved in a serious automobile accident, fracturing his nose and left cheekbone. False rumors spread. For both of the sequels, Hamill was honored with the Saturn Award for Best Actor given by the Academy of Science Fiction and Horror Films. Hamill reprised the role of Luke Skywalker for the radio dramatizations of both Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. For the Return of the Jedi radio drama, the role was played by a different actor. Editions of Joseph Campbell's The Hero with a Thousand Faces issued after the release of Star Wars in 1977 used the image of Hamill as Luke Skywalker on the cover. Hamill returned to the Star Wars universe in 2014, when he voiced the ancient Sith Lord Darth Bane, in the final episode of the animated series The Clone Wars.
He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for his performance. With the acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, a Disney press release was announced that there would be more Star Wars films starting with Star Wars: The Force Awakens, released on December 18, 2015. Hamill appeared in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Both Disney and Hamill were coy about whether Hamill would be a cast member of The Force Awakens. In September 2013, Englund and long-time friend of Hamill, said that Hamill was working out in the gym. Englund stated, "Mark now – they've got Mark in the gym because Mark's coming back as Luke Skywalker. They've got him doing his sit-ups." It was reported that both Hamill and Fisher had been assigned nutritionists and personal trainers to work with ahead of production. Hamill played Skywalker again in Star Wars: The Last Jedi, released on December 15, 2017. Hamill was critical of his own role in The Last Jedi, stating that he and director Rian Johnson had "a fundamental difference" on the characterization of Luke Skywalker.
Hamill is set to reprise his role as Skywalker in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker. After the success of Star Wars, Hamill found that audiences identified him closely with the role of Luke Skywalker, after which he became a teen idol and appeared on teen magazine covers such as Tiger Beat and others, he attempted to avoid typecasting by appearing in the 1978 film Corvette Summer and the better-known 1980 World War II film The Big Red One. In 1980, he made a guest appearance on The Muppet Show, both as himself and as Luke Skywalker in The Stars of Star Wars. Other film appearances around this time include The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia in 1981 and Britannia Hospital in 1982. To further distance himself from his early blockbuster role, Hamill started acting on Broadway, starring in plays such as The Elephant Man in 1979, Amadeus in 1983, Harrigan'N Hart in 1985, Room Service in 1986 and The Nerd in 1987–88; when Amadeus was adapted to film in 1984, Hamill auditioned to reprise the role for the big screen but lost the part to Tom Hulce.
A studio executive told the producers of the film, "I don't want Luke Skywalker in this film". He made television
Christina Ann McNichol is an American actress, comedian and singer. She is known for such roles as Angel in the film Little Darlings, Polly in the film Only When I Laugh, Barbara Weston in the TV sitcom Empty Nest, she won two Emmy Awards for her portrayal of teenage daughter Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence in the TV drama Family. McNichol was born in California. McNichol is half Irish on her father's side and her mother is of Lebanese descent, she appeared with her brother Jimmy McNichol in commercials and on her own, in guest appearances on such other series as Starsky & Hutch, The Bionic Woman, Love American Style, The Love Boat, thanks to family friend Desi Arnaz. Her first stint as a series regular came in the role of Patricia Apple in the short-lived CBS television series Apple's Way. In 1976, she was cast as Letitia "Buddy" Lawrence in the television drama series Family, for which she earned two Emmy Awards for Best Supporting Actress in a Dramatic Series. In 1977, she appeared in the TV special The Carpenters at Christmas, performing several musical numbers with the duo.
In 1978, Jimmy and she made their own foray into music, recording the album Kristy & Jimmy McNichol for RCA Records. It included the single "He's So Fine"; the McNichols promoted the album at New York's Studio 54 discothèque with other celebrities, such as Brooke Shields. In 1978, McNichol performed with Jimmy in a second Carpenters' holiday special, The Carpenters: A Christmas Portrait. McNichol was one of the biggest teen stars of that era, she appeared on talk shows such as The Mike Douglas Show and Dinah!, made several appearances on Battle of the Network Stars and other celebrity-based sports shows. In 1978, she starred in Summer of My German Soldier. McNichol began her film career in 1977, in Black Sunday. In 1978, she starred with Sally Field in the black comedy, The End. In 1980, she played the leading role in the hit coming-of-age movie Little Darlings, which co-starred Tatum O'Neal, Matt Dillon, Cynthia Nixon, her performance was acclaimed including those who disliked the film itself. In 1980, she appeared with Dennis Quaid and Mark Hamill in The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia, for which she received a six-figure salary—unprecedented for a teenager.
In 1981, she co-starred in Neil Simon's Only When I Laugh, was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. McNichol was nominated for a Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress for her performance in the 1982 movie The Pirate Movie; that same year, she suffered an emotional breakdown while playing the lead role in the comedy-drama Just the Way You Are. She said that the breakdown had been caused by the pressures of her childhood career; as well as the pressure to hide her sexuality from the public. In 1986, McNichol appeared in Women of Valor, a TV movie about American nurses in a World War II Japanese POW camp, she made two theatrical films in 1988, You Can't Hurry Two Moon Junction. In the same year, she began the role of Barbara Weston on Empty Nest, a spin-off of The Golden Girls, she left the show in 1992, but returned for its final episode in 1995. It was her last on-screen performance, though she went on to voice characters in the animated TV series Extreme Ghostbusters and Invasion America.
In June 2001, McNichol announced. Her publicist released this statement: A lot of people have wondered what I've been up to. I retired from my career after 24 years. My feeling was that it was time to play my biggest part – myself! I must say that it has been the best thing that happened to me. So many fans are disappointed that I'm not acting. After her retirement, McNichol taught acting at a private school in Los Angeles and devoted much of her time to charity work. In 2012, McNichol ended years of speculation when she revealed that she is a lesbian and has lived with her partner for two decades, she made the statement in the hopes that her openness would help young people who are bullied because of their sexuality. Kristy McNichol on IMDb