Chris Burke
Chris Burke
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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NFL picks: Will the winless Browns push the Ravens to the brink again? - Sports Illustrated
Google News - 5 months
Sports Illustrated NFL picks: Will the winless Browns push the Ravens to the brink again? Sports Illustrated Nobody's perfect in what was once football's toughest division, but the Ravens have a chance to stay atop the heap if they can avoid a giant upset at home against the Browns. Share. Chris Burke. Thursday November 10th, 2016. What has happened to the ... Cleveland Browns Pregame Scribbles: Corey Coleman, Cody Kessler, Baltimore Ravens defense -- Terry Plutocleveland.com Browns vs. Ravens Thursday Night Football: CBS Sports PreviewCBSSports.com 'Thursday Night Football' live stream 2016: How to watch Browns vs. Ravens onlineSB Nation NFL.com -ClevelandBrowns.com -NESN.com -CBS Local all 342 news articles »
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Nottingham Forest blog: Eric Lichaj’s desire and workrate a shining light in Huddersfield Town defeat
Dispatch - almost 2 years
Having sat through an awful 90 minutes against Huddersfield on Saturday, I focused on a single player. Eric Lichaj once again put in a decent shift under Dougie Freedman, but how does he compare to our previous American signings? The game itself was woeful and the away team had the majority of the chances, Antonio was well out of sorts for Forest and David Vaughan seemed intent on over hitting every set piece. It was no surprise to see Huddersfield take the lead after 43 minutes; Butterfield’s defence splitting through ball was neatly tucked away by Sean Scannell. The second period provided a few brighter moments; Akpom and Chris Burke were in fine form. Antonio produced a great run and cross for substitute Tyler Walker, the youngster made a fantastic darting run across his marker and was brilliantly denied by the excellent Smithies, in the Huddersfield goal. Mancienne had a point blank header well saved too, but the away team were good value for their back to back victories over ...
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Leeds United: McDermott’s joy as Ross called up
Yorkshire Evening Post - over 3 years
Leeds United boss Brian McDermott is backing red-hot striker Ross McCormack to grasp his belated opportunity with Scotland with both hands following his late call-up. United’s in-form marksman, who shot to the top of the Championship scoring charts with a sensational four-goal performance at Charlton Athletic last Saturday, was drafted into Gordon Strachan’s squad on Wednesday evening after Blackburn Rovers’ frontman Jordan Rhodes withdrew with an ankle injury sustained in training. McCormack is now eyeing a shock first start under Strachan in tonight’s clash with the USA at Hampden Park. Last week, Strachan admitted McCormack could feel ‘unlucky’ in missing out on his original 25-man squad for the dual friendlies with the US and Norway, with the ex-Whites captain and Scotland boss picking just three recognised forwards in Rhodes, Steven Fletcher and Steven Naismith. Along with the withdrawal of Rhodes, Strachan’s offensive options have also been further hit by injuries to attack-m ...
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Motherhood and the Art of Crying on Cue
Huffington Post - over 3 years
When I was a teenager, I worked on a show that was about a family. As with real families, my fictional family on "Life Goes On" had its ups and downs, and as part of the fictional downers, the actors were often called to cry on cue. This absolutely terrified me, because I was a pretty happy kid who didn't have much to cry about. My mom, who was a constant fixture at work with me until I was 18 years old, did an amazing job filtering out all the things a kid didn't need to see or hear on film sets. So, acting was just a fun, breezy, extracurricular activity for me. Thankfully, I had managed to avoid the cruel directors who would goad child actors into imagining their dog getting hit by a car in hopes that they could squeeze out a tear or two right after "action." This anxiety about crying on cue haunted me until the fateful moment arrived as my character, Becca, watched her brother, Corky (played by Chris Burke, an actor with Downs Syndrome), deliver a speech to their high school. A ...
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Jesse Jackson Jr. Reports To North Carolina Prison After Initially Being Turned Away For Early Arrival
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Disgraced Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. has made a lot of mistakes in his political career, including a bungled check-in to federal prison. After he was initially turned away Monday for reporting too early, the former Illinois Representative entered the Butner Federal Correctional Complex in North Carolina mid-Tuesday morning. “He is in our custody, as of about a minute ago,” Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke told the Tribune around 10 a.m. Chicago time. Jackson, 48, was denied entry when he showed up to the prison Monday, four days ahead of his official reporting date of Nov. 1. As the Sun-Times reports, the ex-congressman would have needed to make special arrangements for an early check-in. It is believed he attempted to arrive early in order to avoid a media clamor like what surrounded former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's prison check-in. According to the Tribune, Burke did not know what transpired that ultimately allowed Jackson's early entry Tuesday morning. ...
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Jerry Duval, Medical Marijuana Patient, Lacks Adequate Health Care In Prison, Wife Alleges
Huffington Post - over 3 years
The Michigan medical marijuana patient whose imprisonment could ultimately cost federal taxpayers more than $1.2 million is being denied adequate health care while he serves his sentence, his wife claims. Jerry Duval surrendered to federal authorities in June to serve out a 10-year sentence for marijuana distribution at the Federal Medical Center Devens prison in Massachusetts. His wife, Tracey, said in an interview with The Huffington Post that he has suffered two hemorrhages in his eye since then. After the first one several months ago, Duval never received the outside medical care he needed, she alleged. And a second hemorrhage on Wednesday left him almost without sight in his right eye, his wife claimed. "It's actually the worst one that he's ever had," said Tracey, who said she spoke to Duval over the phone after his eye worsened on Wednesday. "If this situation doesn't get taken care of, he could lose his eye." Tracey and the advocacy group Americans for Safe Access are urgi ...
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Former Ill. Gov. George Ryan released from custody
Fox News - over 3 years
Former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is officially a free man. The 79-year-old spent more than five years in prison for corruption, and in January he was moved to home confinement. Federal Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke says Ryan was released Wednesday morning, a day ahead of schedule. Ryan spent months in his Kankakee home, only allowed to leave for events such as doctor's appointments or to attend church. He was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison in 2007, but his sentence was reduced for good behavior. The Republican was convicted of racketeering, conspiracy, tax fraud and making false statements to the FBI in 2006. He was also accused of stopping an investigation into secretary of state employees accepting bribes for truck driver's licenses.
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Daniel McGowan Jailed, Allegedly For HuffPost Blog
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
NEW YORK -- The federal government on Thursday jailed Earth Liberation Front activist Daniel McGowan in response to an article he wrote for The Huffington Post, his wife Jenny Synan said. The HuffPost story, which was published April 1, charged the Federal Bureau of Prisons, citing documents McGowan had obtained, with transferring him to a high security prison unit in order to restrict his political speech during his incarceration. Synan told HuffPost that she asked a BOP official why her husband had been re-imprisoned after his release to a halfway house in December. She said the official told her that the HuffPost article violated a term of his release that restricted him from interacting with the media. Synan expects the BOP to keep her husband locked up until the official end of his seven-year sentence in June. His 38th birthday, she said, is next month. "We were thinking, 'Oh my God, first birthday home!'" McGowan's attorney, Rachel Meeropol of the Center for Con ...
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Convicted Ex-Powerbroker Reports To Prison
Huffington Post - about 4 years
CHICAGO — A well-connected businessman once known as the King of Clout for the enormous behind-the-scene influence he wielded in Illinois politics reported to prison on Tuesday to start a yearlong sentence for trying to extort a Hollywood movie producer. William Cellini, 78, reported to the Federal Correctional Institution in Terre Haute, Ind., located about 120 miles east of his hometown of Springfield, Ill., Bureau of Prisons spokesman Chris Burke said. It's the same prison where former Illinois Gov. George Ryan is completing a 6 1/2 -year corruption sentence. Cellini is in a minimum-security section known as the Federal Prison Camp Terre Haute, which has a miniature golf course, tennis courts and other amenities and lacks the high walls or guard tower of higher security facilities. Still, life will be highly regimented for the multimillionaire who called governors and presidents friends. Inmates must work often-menial jobs, including mopping floors, at a sta ...
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'My Last Ride'
CNN - about 4 years
Ray Lewis, the heart and soul of the Ravens defense for 17 seasons and one of the most feared NFL defenders, announced he'll retire at the end of the playoffs, writes Chris Burke.
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Chris Burke: Bears roll past bumbling Cowboys 34-18
CNN - over 4 years
The Cowboys were a mess, and the Bears took full advantage, says Chris Burke. They turned two of Tony Romo's five interceptions into touchdowns in pulling away for a 34-18 victory.
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Ravens hold off Browns 23-16 as real NFL refs return
CNN - over 4 years
The real referees returned to cheers and avoided a controversial ending as the Ravens held on for a 23-16 victory. As for the Browns, they're winless but not hopeless, says Chris Burke.
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Chris Burke: Fantastic finishes in Week 3
CNN - over 4 years
The NFL knows drama. All nine of the early games were tight heading into the fourth quarter and most of them went down to the wire or into OT. Chris Burke recaps a wild Week 3.
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Join SI.com NFL experts for live video chat
CNN - over 4 years
Want to talk NFL football today? We invite you to join SI.com staffers Chris Burke, David Sabino and host Richard Deitsch at 2:30 p.m. ET for SI.com's inaugural Spreecast video chat, looking at the upcoming NFL season.
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Celeb birthdays for the week of Aug. 26-Sept. 1
Yahoo News - over 4 years
Aug. 26: Singer Vic Dana is 70. Singer Valerie Simpson of Ashford and Simpson is 66. Singer Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills is 63. Bandleader Branford Marsalis is 52. Guitarist Jimmy Olander of Diamond Rio is 51. Actor Chris Burke ("Life Goes On") is 47. Singer Shirley Manson of Garbage is 46. Guitarist Dan Vickrey of Counting Crows is 46. Drummer Adrian Young of No Doubt is 43. Actress Melissa McCarthy is 42. Singer Tyler Connolly of Theory of a Deadman is 37. Actor Macaulay Culkin is 32. Singer-actress Cassie is 26. Actress Keke Palmer ("Akeelah and the Bee") is 19.
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Chris Burke: 2012 Division Preview: NFC East
CNN - over 4 years
Is it possible for the reigning champs to fly under the radar? In a NFC East loaded with intriguing storylines that's exactly what's happening with the New York Giants, says Chris Burke.
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Live Chat: Talking NFL camps with Chris Burke
CNN - over 4 years
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Chris Burke
    THIRTIES
  • 1999
    Age 33
    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.
    More Details Hide Details As Goodwill Ambassador, he travels the country attending Buddy Walks, making public appearances, speaking with the press and greeting fans. When he is not on the road, Burke is a valued member of the National Down Syndrome Society's staff, working in their New York City office. Burke has delivered inspirational speeches around the world and continues to speak at schools, seminars, conferences and non-profit organizations. He also tours the U.S. with his four-piece folk band, Forever Friends, for which he is the singer. Burke met his bandmates, twin brothers Joe and John DeMasi, when they were music counselors at the town of Hempstead, New York's ANCHOR program for individuals with disabilities, when Burke was a teenager. The band has released several albums and has appeared on television performing their signature song, "Celebrate."
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 28
    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".
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  • 1991
    Age 25
    In 1991, Burke co-wrote his autobiography, A Special Kind of Hero, with Jo Beth McDaniel.
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  • 1987
    Age 21
    Burke got his first real professional acting job in 1987 in the ABC TV movie Desperate.
    More Details Hide Details Network executives at ABC were impressed by his performance in Desperate and created Life Goes On with Burke's character, Charles "Corky" Thacher, as the main role. Corky was the first character in a network television series with Down syndrome. Burke's revolutionary role conveyed a realistic portrayal of people with Down syndrome and changed the way audiences viewed people with disabilities. Life Goes On propelled Burke into fame and wide recognition. The series ran from 1989–1993. Corky said over and over on the series, "Life goes on. Deal wit it." Since Life Goes On, Burke has made appearances on numerous TV shows and movies, most notably co-starring with JoBeth Williams in the NBC Movie of the Week Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted. Some of his TV show and movie appearances include: Burke has been the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society since 1994.
  • 1986
    Age 20
    Burke graduated from Don Guanella in 1986.
    More Details Hide Details After graduation, he worked as an elevator operator and did volunteer work for programs for students with disabilities at New York City's Public School 138. Burke's first acting performance was in a production of "The Emperor's New Clothes" at the Cardinal Cushing School. His dramatic reading made quite an impression on the audience as well as Hollywood producer Robert Evans who happened to be in the theatre at the time. This role inspired him to participate in a talent show after he transferred to Don Guanella, in which he acted as a zombie in a reenactment of Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video. He continued to hone his talent by attending night classes, going to auditions, writing scripts, and voraciously reading books about his favorite actors.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1978
    Age 12
    In 1978, Burke transferred to the Don Guanella School in Springfield, Pennsylvania, to be closer to his brother, J.R., who lived close by.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1973
    Age 7
    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.
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  • 1965
    Born
    Born on August 26, 1965.
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