Family nickname of actor Corin Nemec who starred as a charming but devious high school student on the sitcom PARKER LEWIS CAN’T LOSE/FOX/1990-93.


During an interview on LIVE WITH REGIS AND KATHY LEE (1/6/90), Corin told Kathy Lee that his grandmother used to call him “Corky” because as a child he whined so much (always hungry), that she wanted to put a cork in his mouth.

Note: The name Corky has been used on a number of TV series of the years, including:

  • As the family nickname of Charles “Corky” Thatcher (Chris Burke), a mentally handicapped teenager with Downs Syndrome on the family drama LIFE GOES ON/ABC/1989-93;
  • The first name of TV journalist Corky Sherwood (Faith Ford) on the sitcom MURPHY BROWN/CBS/1988-98.
  • The first name of a freckle-faced young girl named Corky Brady (Darlene Gillespie) who had adventures with her white German Shepherd dog, White Shadow on the Disney produced CORKY AND THE WHITE SHADOW/ABC/1956.
  • The TV series CIRCUS BOY/NBC/ABC/1956-1958 featured a 12-year-old boy named Corky (Micky Braddock aka, Mickey Dolenz of THE MONKEES) who was adopted by  Joey the Clown (Noah Beery, Jr.), who traveled with the Burke and Walsh Circus family in the 1890s. Corky’s parents (“The Flying Falcons”) died in a trapeze accident.  Corky served as the water boy for Bimbo, the baby elephant.

Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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