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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" (1984) 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 (played by Parker) 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" (ABC, 1991) 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 (both favorably and unfavorably) 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 (Jonathan Silverman) 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" (NBC, 1995). Parker returned to regular series work in UPN's "The Love Boat: The Next Wave" (1998-99), as seasick ship doctor John Morgan.
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Landed first commercial at age four (date approximate)
Had first stage role in "Red Storm Flower" at the New Dramatists Theatre (NYC)
Feature film debut, "Scream For Help"
At age 20, was invited to join the Actors Studio (date approximate)
TV acting debut, "Don't Touch", an "ABC Afterschool Special"
Played Sophia Loren's son in the CBS TV docudrama "Courage"
Starred in the CBS TV miniseries "At Mother's Request"
Had featured role as Epstein in the film adaptation of Neil Simon's "Biloxi Blues"
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"
Featured in the short-lived ABC series "Eddie Dodd"
Starred on Fox's comedy series "Flying Blind"
Played budding comedy writer Eugene Jerome in the ABC TV-movie adaptation "Neil Simon's Broadway Bound"
Appeared in PBS' "Great Performances" presentation of "The Lost Language of Cranes"
Starred in ABC's short-lived series "Blue Skies"
Played Eddie Fisher in the biopic "Liz: The Elizabeth Taylor Story" (NBC)
Appeared in the TV-movies "Encino Woman" (ABC) and "Mr. and Mrs. Loving" (Showtime)