Chris Burke

Actor
Chris Burke is an actor with Down syndrome who became renowned for his lead role on the TV series "Life Goes On". Encouraged to pursue acting by his parents, Burke made his debut in the 1987 made-for-TV movie ... Read more »
Born: 08/26/1965

Filmography

Actor (15)

Mona Lisa Smile 2003 (Movie)

Custodian (Actor)

ER 2002 (Tv Show)

Actor

More True Stories From Touched By an Angel 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

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The Commish 1993 - 1994, 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Touched By an Angel 1996 - 1998 (Tv Show)

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Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Star-athon '92: A Weekend With the Stars 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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ABC Fall Preview 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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The Hollywood Christmas Parade 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

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Desperate 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Life Goes On (TV Show)

Actor

Biography

Chris Burke is an actor with Down syndrome who became renowned for his lead role on the TV series "Life Goes On". Encouraged to pursue acting by his parents, Burke made his debut in the 1987 made-for-TV movie "Desperate", and won the part of Corky Thatcher on "Life Goes On" in '89. The first TV series to star an actor with Down syndrome, the show, set in the Chicago suburbs, garnered acclaim for its thoughtful approach to the condition of Burke's character, leading to numerous accolades and a Golden Globe nomination for the actor in '90. Portraying Corky for the entire four-season run of "Life Goes On", Burke went on to act in the miniseries "Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III" and appear in the episodes of the dramas "Touched by a Angel" and "ER". In subsequent years, Burke has become a well-known speaker on the subject of Down syndrome.

Milestones

Played Corky on the ABC drama series "Life Goes On"

Bonus Trivia

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Burke was inducted in the Youth in Film's Hall of Fame in 1991

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