Life Goes On

LIFE GOES ON/ABC/1989-1993 (Down Syndrome)

Charles “Corky” Thatcher (Chris Burke/costar), a likable and valiant 18-year-old male with Down’s Syndrome.


The series focused on the trials and tribulations of his family and school life in suburban Chicago, Illinois when he was mainstreamed with his younger sister, Becca (Kellie Martin) who was embarrassed at being in the same grade as her brother.

Note: LIFE GOES ON was the first television series to have a major character with Down Syndrome. In real life, actor Chris Burke has Down syndrome.

In 1997, Chris Burke became a recurring character on TOUCHED BY AN ANGEL/CBS/1994-2003 as an angel with Down Syndrome.

For more on Chris Burke read his 1991 autobiography written with Jo Beth McDaniel entitled “A Special Kind Of Hero.”

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