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Life goes on for TV's Corky

As an actor and spokesman, Chris Burke has played for much larger crowds, but his appearance in front of about 20 teens at the Chester County Youth Center in Pocopson on Monday was no less important.

Burke, known for his starring role in the ABC family drama “Life Goes On” from 1989 to 1993, was at the youth center as the guest of Charlie Gracie Jr., who teaches history there.

“We’ve been studying the early 20th century, and we’ve talked about Helen Keller and some other people with disabilities, so this was a way to tie together the past and present,” Gracie said.

Twenty-four years ago, Gracie was an instructor at the Don Guanella School in Springfield, and Chris was one of his students. Despite being born with Down syndrome, Burke insisted he was going to be an actor some day. He had been saying that since he was 5 and appeared in a school production of “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

Read more here: Life goes on for TV’s Corky (video) – The Mercury.

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