Corey Parker Corey Parker was born in Manhattan, and graduated from the High School of Performing Arts in Times Square now known as "LaGuardia High School."
He attended New York University.
Corey was trained by Master teachers Susan Batson, Uta Hagen, Herbert Berghof, Sandra Seacat, Mira Rostova, Lesly Kahn, Anthony Abeson, Ivana Chubbuck and Marat Yusim of the Moscow Art Theater.
Corey Parker has appeared on Broadway at the St. James, also at American Place, Circle Rep, the Public Theater, Ensemble Studio Theater, Westside Theater, HB Playwright's Foundation, New Dramatists and in Los Angeles at Mark Taper Forum
and the Coronet.
He worked with Gary Sinise and Chicago's Steppenwolf Theater Company on the New York production of “Orphans.”
Corey is a member of the Actors Studio. Corey is a member of the Ensemble Studio Theater in New York and Los Angeles.
He worked with Lanford Wilson, Vincent Canby, Albert Innaurato, John Malkovich, twice with artistic director Joe Papp, twice with playwright Horton Foote, and twice with playwright Neil Simon, as well as Tony Award winner Richard Greenberg and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Charles Gordone.
Most recently, Corey appeared on CMT's "Sun Records" and ABC's “Nashville.”
Corey was seen on “Will & Grace,” (guest star- 4 episodes) for NBC. He starred in the half hour sitcom “Flying Blind,” with Tea Leoni on Fox. He starred in the ABC one hour drama series “Eddie Dodd,” with
He played Eddie Fisher in the “Elizabeth Taylor Story,” with Sherilyn Fenn on CBS. He starred in the sitcom “Blue Skies,” for ABC, and “Encino Woman,” for ABC/ Disney. He co-starred in “Love Boat” with Robert Urich on UPN. inHe costarred“Lost Language of Cranes,” coproduced for BBC/ PBS in London.
He co-starred in Neil Simon's “Broadway Bound,” with Hume Cronyn and Anne Bancroft for ABC (his second picture with Neil Simon). Corey received considerable attention for recurring for two seasons on "thirtysomething,” on ABC with Melanie Mayron.
He costarred in “Courage,” with Sophia Loren for CBS and ”Mr. and Mrs. Loving,” with Lela Rochon and Timothy Hutton for Showtime. He appeared in “Touched by an Angel,“ for CBS, “Breast Men” for HBO and performed on stage at the "61st Academy Awards" on ABC.
As an actor, Corey has worked with Sophia Loren, Mike Nichols, J.J. Abrams, Susan Sarandon, Kim Basinger, Mickey Rourke, Anne Bancroft, Patrick Dempsey, Christopher Walken, Connie Britton, Kate Nelligan, Mathew Broderick, Marsha Mason, Sandy Dennis, John Schlesinger, Lisa Bonet, John Slattery, John Malkovich, Treat Williams, Peter Boyle, Tom Skerritt, Harold Gould, Stephen Hill, Jason Alexander, Tea Leone, Lisa Kudrow, Greg Grunberg, Billy Dee Williams, Jesse L. Martin, Renee Taylor, Stephen Hill, John Dye, Cecilia Peck, Sherilyn Fenn, Robert Urich, Renee Aberjonois, Ken McMillan, Jay Thomas, Jeremy Piven, James Spader, Hume Cronyn, Michelle Lee, Debra Messing, Linda Hamilton, Frances Sternhagen, Gary Cole, Hal Holden, Grace Zabriskie, Bill Cobbs, Tim Curry, Wilford Brimley, Eric LaSalle, Anthony Edwards, Anthony Perkins, Elizabeth Perkins, Thomas Hayden Church, Hector Elizondo, Bruce Dern, E.G. Marshall, David Proval, Dan Hedaya, Seth Green, Patty Duke, John Glover, Peter Dinklage, Richard Kind, Beau Bridges.
Corey has been written about in Time magazine, Newsweek, the New York Times, New York magazine, New Yorker magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Variety, Hollywood Reporter, the Christian Science Monitor, and Drama Logue.
Corey has worked with directors Mike Nichols, Roland Joffe, Alan Parker, Adrian Lyne, Michael Lindsay Hogg, John Schlesinger, Rob Cohen, Luis Mandoki, and Dennis Dugan. Films include, “How I Got into College,” “Biloxi Blues,”
with Academy Award winning director Mike Nichols and Christopher Walken, “White Palace,” with Susan Sarandon and James Spader, "Big Man on Campus,"
with Tom Skerritt and Jessica Harper, "RUN"
with Patrick Dempsey, cult favorite “Friday the 13th: part V,” “9 ½ Weeks,” with Kim Basinger and Mickey Rourke. Corey worked again with Mickey Rourke in "Angel Heart," however the sequence, known as the "Eldridge Street scenes" was removed as the story became focused on the New Orleans location. Indies include: 1984 NYU Fim project by Jesse Dylan, “Demon Lake,” by Gabrielle Lui “Being Awesome,” by Allen C. Gardner, "Woman's Picture" by Brian Pera,“Tupelove,” by Mike McCarthy,
“Bureau of Short Term Affairs,” adapted by Sissy Denkova “One Came Home,” by William Bearden,
"Death$ in a $mall town," and Morgan Jon Fox's
Behind the scenes trivia: Corey was chosen by Brandon Tartikoff, former head of NBC, to help in development by performing and improvising on scenes from pilot scripts, bringing the characters to life for Mr. Tartikoff. Corey was also chosen by Gene Blythe, then head of casting at Disney, to coach and read with George Lopez for his first screen test at the studio. On the casting side, Corey was chosen by casting director Billy Hopkins (The Butler) to be his reader at Paramount Studios. Corey has also worked for Mr. Hopkins at his studio in New York.
Corey has appeared in the London Film Festival, Palm Springs Film Festival, Berlin Film Festival, Seattle
Film Festival, Worldfest, Slamdance, the London Gay and Lesbian Film Festival and the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Film Festival.
Quotes as an actor
“Mr. Parker is thoroughly affecting.”
New York Times
“Mr. Parker is especially believable…”
New York Times
“Corey Parker firmly locks into his character, infusing the acting with stark realism.”
“Corey is a truthful performer—intelligent and complicated, With wonderful instincts.”
Gene Blythe Former Head of Casting, Disney
“Parker puts sure feeling into his role, a portrait of a man just trying to maintain his equilibrium.”
“Corey Parker has the stuff. “
“Mr. Parker finds just the right tone.”
Frank Rich, NYTimes
“Corey Parker nicely balances the tiny decencies and the absurdities of the character.”
John Simon, New York Magazine
“Corey Parker’s work is particularly sensitive…”
Clinton Press, New York City
“Corey inhabits his character to perfection.”
“The acting by Corey Parker is exactly right.”
New Yorker Magazine
“Corey Parker plays ‘John’ with rapacious innocence. He’s starved but he doesn’t quite know for what.”
SoHo Arts Weekly
“Arkady is played with an exceptional logic and fine shading by Corey Parker.”
“Corey Parker is winsomely funny…”
New York Post
“Corey Parker is just the right mix of insecurity and bravado.”
Chrsitian Science Monitor
“As the admiring friend at the country estate, Corey Parker is a well intentioned, quietly compelling Everyman, with whom audiences can identify.”
“This is a first rate acting ensemble, with notable work by Corey Parker as the resident intellect.”
“Corey Parker is on the money.”
“This movie works due to the relaxed efforts of Corey Parker, whose laid back approach to this character keeps the moving from getting into danger.”
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