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Corey Parker (1965)

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Corey Parker is an American actor and acting coach.


Corey Parker was born in New York City, the son of acting coach Rochelle "Rocky" Parker. A graduate of the High School of Performing Arts, he went on to study with Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Susan Batson, Ivana Chubbuck, and Lesly Kahn, and become a longtime member of both The Actor's Studio and of the Ensemble Studio Theatre.

Parker has appeared in movies including Friday the 13th: A New Beginning and How I Got Into College. He has appeared on television shows such as thirtysomething, Eddie Dodd, Blue Skies, The Love Boat and Encino Woman, and co-starred with Tea Leoni in the 1992-93 Fox sitcom Flying Blind. He later had a recurring role in Will and Grace.

His TV movies include The Lost Language of Cranes for the BBC, Mr. and Mrs. Loving, Courage with Sophia Loren, A Mother's Prayer with Linda Hamilton and Destiny, The Elizabeth Taylor Story.

Parker is also an acting coach who has worked with Sean Combs, Naomi Campbell and Tyrese. As of the mid-2000s, he lives in Memphis, Tennessee.

Known for both his film and television work, Corey Parker has been in the public eye since he landed his first commercial role at the age of four. Determined to become a professional actor, he was accepted at New York's High School of the Performing Arts at age 13. In 1980, the young actor made his stage debut at the New Dramatist Theatre's production of "Red Storm Flower". Parker later left a full scholarship at New York University in order to pursue acting professionally. He debuted in features in Michael Winner's thriller "Scream for Help" and, by age 20, the dark-haired actor had been invited to join the prestigious Actors Studio. In 1988, Parker gave a breakthrough performance as Epstein in the film adaptation of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues" starring Matthew Broderick. The following year he had starring turns in two college-themed comedies, the cartoonish "How I Got Into College" and a "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" take-off "Big Man on Campus". In both, Parker played variations on his signature role, an endearing nervous wreck.

A familiar face on the small screen as well, Parker made his TV debut in "Don't Touch", a 1985 "ABC Afterschool Special". This was followed by a part in the 1986 CBS docudrama "Courage" starring Sophia Loren as a mother who joins the war on drugs and becomes a decorated DEA agent after finding that her son was an addict. The next year, he appeared in another CBS docudrama, the miniseries "At Mother's Request". From 1989 to 1990 Parker was featured in the recurring role of Lee Owens, the young housepainter boyfriend of Melanie Mayron's Melissa Steadman, in the ABC drama "thirtysomething". He moved on to series regular on the short-lived legal drama "Eddie Dodd" with Treat Williams as an unconventional defense lawyer. The following year, the actor starred in the Fox comedy series "Flying Blind", playing anxious New Yorker Neil Barash, his characterization often compared to a young Woody Allen. The series, with a supporting cast including Tea Leoni and Clea Lewis, lasted for only one season, but reran on cable's TV Land six years later. No stranger to short-lived series, he starred in yet another in 1994, this time playing a partner in a back-to-nature catalog company on ABC's "Blue Skies". In 1992, Parker had an impressive turn in the acclaimed drama "The Lost Language of Cranes", shown on PBS' "Great Performances". As Elliot Abrams, a young gay man who is growing impatient with his closeted lover, Parker played a character far removed from the awkward and apologetic types for which he is known. More true to form was his turn as writer Eugene Jerome, trying along with his brother Stan to break into the big time in the ABC TV-movie "Neil Simon's Broadway Bound", co-starring Anne Bancroft and Jerry Orbach. He also was a credible Eddie Fisher in the miniseries "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story" . Parker returned to regular series work in UPN's "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" (1998–99), as seasick ship doctor John Morgan.

* Born:
July 8, 1965 in New York City, New York, USA
* Job Titles:


* Mother: Rocky Parker.
* Sister: Noelle Parker.
* Son: Charlie Valentin Parker. born c. 1989
* Baker b. 1997
* Spouse: Angela


* New York University, New York, New York,


* 1969 Landed first commercial at age four
* 1980 Had first stage role in Red Storm Flower at the New Dramatists Theatre
* 1984 Feature film debut, Scream For Help
* 1985 At age 20, was invited to join the Actors Studio
* 1985 TV acting debut, Don t Touch , an ABC Afterschool Special
* 1986 Played Sophia Loren s son in the CBS TV docudrama Courage
* 1987 Starred in the CBS TV miniseries At Mother s Request
* 1988 Had featured role as Epstein in the film adaptation of Neil Simon s Biloxi Blues
* 1989 Starred as a SAT-fearing high school student in the comedy How I Got into College and an undergraduate befriended by a hunchback in the comedy Big Man on Campus
* 1991 Featured in the short-lived ABC series Eddie Dodd
* 1992 Appeared in PBS Great Performances presentation of The Lost Language of Cranes
* 1992 Played budding comedy writer Eugene Jerome in the ABC TV-movie adaptation Neil Simon s Broadway Bound
* 1992 Starred on Fox s comedy series Flying Blind
* 1994 Starred in ABC s short-lived series Blue Skies
* 1995 Played Eddie Fisher in the biopic Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story
* 1996 Appeared in the TV-movies Encino Woman and Mr. and Mrs. Loving
* Co-starred in the UPN series The Love Boat: The Next Wave
* Had a recurring role on ABC s drama thirtysomething as the younger love interest to Melanie Mayron s Melissa
* Raised in Woodstock, New York

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