Corin Nemec life and biography

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Corin Nemec biography

Date of birth : 1971-11-05
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Little Rock, Arkansas, U.S.
Nationality : American
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-18
Credited as : Actor, The Stand, Can't Lose, Supernatural

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Corin Nemec is an American actor, mostly known for playing the title character on Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Jonas Quinn on Stargate SG-1, and Harold Lauder in the ABC miniseries The Stand.

Nemec's mother was a graphic artist as well as a painter, writer and poet. His father, Joseph Charles Nemec III, worked in the film industry as a set designer and production designer.[citation needed] His grandmother, Nancy Reed, nicknamed him "Corky".

He is still close friends with fellow late-1980s teen heartthrobs and rappers Brian Austin Green and David Faustino of Married... with Children fame, the latter with whom he has a production company and is currently costarring in Star-ving, a webseries spoofing HBO's Entourage and airing on Crackle.

He enjoys reading nonfiction and listening to instrumental East Indian music.

According to the Scientology community web site and Nemec's personal web site, he is a member of the Church of Scientology.

According to the website for Perfect Union Lodge #10 in San Antonio, Texas, Joseph C. Nemec IV is also a Master Mason of the Freemasonic Order, having joined the Lodge in 2000. He is credited with a documentary video detailing the hidden geometric meaning of the Master Mason's Apron for the Grand Lodge of Texas in early 2002.

Nemec and his high school sweetheart, Jami Schahn, welcomed their daughter Sadie Joy Nemec in 1993. In 2002, Nemec and Schahn married and soon Schahn gave birth to their second child, a boy named Lucas Manu Nemec. They ultimately divorced, but Nemec and Schahn are reportedly on good terms with each other.

Nemec was inspired to become an actor after watching the film The Goonies, for which his father had done art direction. He also cites his parents' artistic professions as a major influence, and that acting "seemed the right thing to do". At age 11 he began training with the Centre Stage LA theatre company and signed with an agent after performing in one of their talent showcases. After appearing in commercials for Suzuki and McDonald's he made his network television debut in a guest-spot on Sidekicks. This role lead to a lifelong friendship with the show's star, martial artist Ernie Reyes Jr.

In 1987, he landed a reoccurring role as Nicky Papadropolis on the television series Webster. While working on Webster he met best friend David Faustino (of Married with Children) with whom he would later collaborate on several projects. Shortly thereafter he made his feature film debut in Francis Ford Coppola's acclaimed Tucker: The Man and His Dream.

After several more television appearances, he earned an Emmy nomination and won the Young Artist Award for his portrayal of Steven Stayner in the television film I Know My Name Is Steven. He followed up this critically acclaimed performance with a starring role in the science fiction epic Solar Crisis (with Tim Matheson, Charlton Heston and Jack Palance). He has since expressed that Jack Palance is one the favorite actors he has ever worked with.

During the 1990s, Nemec made a brief foray into hip-hop, recording an album with the group Starship of Foolz (with Shane Mooney, son of comedian Paul Mooney), which was produced by actor Balthazar Getty. The Source Magazine reported that the crowd at Ed Lover's (of Yo! MTV Raps) 1993 birthday party were surprised by his impressive mic skills.

At the conclusion of his 78 episode run on Parker Lewis Can't Lose, Nemec was nominated for a Young Artist Award for Outstanding Young Comedian in a Television Series.This marked the beginning of an extremely productive period in Nemec's career. Over the the next decade he would appear in fifteen feature films in addition to seven television movies and miniseries. He also guest starred on many popular television shows, landing roles on Beverly Hills 90210, NYPD Blue, Tales from the Crypt and Smallville.

Nemec was involved with the American Repertory Company in Los Angeles in the late 1990s and early 2000s. Founded by Manu Tupou (an Actor's Studio life member who studied under Strasberg and Meisner), Tapou developed the "New Era Acting Technique" (NEAT), a simplistic but revolutionary break from the long advocated "Method" approach.

Earlier in his career Nemec studied with Method actors Larry Moss and John Len but rejected method acting after he began working with Manu Tupou.

Mr. Nemec is a published poet who has done a number of readings in poetry lounges in both Vancouver and Los Angeles. Another of his interests is photography. In 2006, he shot the cover for Hollywood glam rapper Mickey Avalon's self titled album. He began drawing and painting as a child and especially enjoys graffiti art, lately creating graffiti pieces (Pyke 169 is his tag) on permission walls in Venice. He is also a self proclaimed bookworm, who enjoys reading non-fiction and has stated that his favorite author is Stephen Hawkins.

Corin has two children (daughter Sadie Joy and son Lukas Manu) with his former wife Jami. His son is named after Manu Tupou, Corin's late acting teacher. In 2007, Corin co-starred with his daughter Sadie in the independent film The American Standards.


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