'Life Goes On': What Has "Corky Thatcher" Been Up To?

Life Goes On: What has "Corky Thatcher" been up to?
May 11, 2020 - 17:10 / Laura Pérez

Chris Burke came to prominence for his role as "Corky Thatcher" in the all-time favourite series Life Goes On. Do you know what the actor has been up to recently? Find out below!

Life Goes On kept millions of people -including us- in front of their television screens for many years. The series ran from 1989 to 1993, starring Chris Burke as "Charles 'Corky' Thatcher," Bill Smitrovich as "Drew," and Kellie Martin as "Becca," among others. 

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In case you need a refresher, the television show revolves around the Thatcher family, living in a Chicago based suburban district. The series was the first to have a main character with Down syndrome, played by Burke, who has Down syndrome in real life.

Chris Burke: Do you know what the fantastic actor has been up to?

Chris Burke and Kellie Martin Characters in Life Goes On (1989) 

Life Goes On: This is what "Charles 'Corky' Thatcher" has been doing

Chris Burke and his Life Goes On character definitely changed the way people viewed those with Down syndrome. As the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society, he has raised awareness on his condition for many years.

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Since Life Goes On ended, the actor has appeared in several television shows and movies, including the 1994 TV series Commish, the 2002 American police drama The Divisionand most recently ER.

Chris Burke attends Broadway's opening night of "Gypsy" after party , NYC, 2008

Quick facts about the wonderful Chris Burke

  • He was born on August 26, 1965 in Point Lookout, New York
  • Did you know he was also a folk singer?
  • Chris Burke was awarded with the Ten Outstanding Young Americans prize in 1991
  • Back in the day he worked as an elevator operator!
  • He finds the term "Down syndrome" depressing and negative; instead he refers to it as "Up syndrome"