Chris Burke Biography
Birthday: August 26, 1965 (Virgo)
Born In: Point Lookout, New York, United States
Christopher Joseph “Chris” Burke is a former American actor and folk singer. He is currently an advocate for creating awareness about Down syndrome. As an actor, he became popular for the character Charles Thatcher in the TV series ‘Life Goes On’. Burke was born in New York, US. He has Down syndrome and his parents were told to institutionalize him. However, his parents raised him by themselves and supported him wholeheartedly, helping him nurture his talents. His first acting role was in a school production of the play ‘The Emperor’s New Clothes’. Later, he started working on his skills by attending night classes and going to auditions. Eventually, in 1987, he found a role in the TV movie ‘Desperate’. His performance as the character Charles Thatcher was appreciated so much that the network executives decided to create the TV series ‘Life Goes On’ with his character in the lead role. Though he hasn’t appeared in any TV shows or films for a long time, he has been active in Down syndrome advocacy. He has been the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Down Syndrome Society since 1994.