Chris Burke

Actor + Folk Singer
Born Aug 26, 1965

Christopher Joseph "Chris" Burke is an American actor and folk singer, who lives with Down syndrome. He has become best known for his character Charles "Corky" Thacher on the television series Life Goes On.

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Burke.


1965 Birth Born on August 26, 1965.
1973 7 Years Old At that time there were no suitable private education programs for students with disabilities in the area, so, in the fall of 1973, Burke was sent to board at the Cardinal Cushing School and Training Center in Hanover, Massachusetts.


1978 12 Years Old In 1978, Burke transferred to the Don Guanella School in Springfield, Pennsylvania, to be closer to his brother, J.R., who lived close by.


1986 20 Years Old Burke graduated from Don Guanella in 1986. … Read More
1987 21 Years Old Burke got his first real professional acting job in 1987 in the ABC TV movie Desperate. … Read More
1991 25 Years Old In 1991, Burke co-wrote his autobiography, A Special Kind of Hero, with Jo Beth McDaniel.
1994 28 Years Old From 1994 to 2005 he was the editor-in-chief of "News 'n Views" and "UpBeat", publications written by and for people with Down syndrome, and in 2009 he contributed to the National Down Syndrome Society's My Great Story campaign by writing his story, "Great Expectations".


1999 33 Years Old He has starred in the organization's acclaimed public service announcements; with Tracey Ullman in 1999 and, more recently, for the My Great Story public awareness campaign with Actor John C. McGinley and TV Hosts Meredith Vieira and Nancy O'Dell. … Read More
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