As an actor Corey has sustained a 35-year career as a steadily working actor, with more than 80 films under his belt. These include FRIDAY THE 13th Part IV: THE FINAL CHAPTER which launched his career in the horror genre with the role of the main character, Tommy Jarvis, as a child. He reprised that role in FRIDAY THE 13th Part V: A NEW BEGINNING. He then began a series of appearances in blockbuster films such as GREMLINS (1984), THE GOONIES (1985) and STAND BY ME (1986).
In 1987, Corey won the Jackie Cogan Award for Standby Me (1986) and appeared in the legendary cult classic film LOST BOYS alongside Jason Patric and Keifer Sutherland. In 1988 he won the Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Horror Motion Picture for his performance in LOST BOYS.
In 1989, he appeared in THE BURBS along with Tom Hanks and Carrie Fisher and also provided the voice of Donatello for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES which holds the biggest box office for an independent feature in history and also marked his thirteenth number-one box office hit in a row. Other films include NATIONAL LAMPOON’S (Loaded Weapon), MAVERICK and NINJA TURTLES #3. He was a regular on the CBS series “DWEEBS” (1995) followed by a starring role in the Richard Donner, Robert Zemeckis, Joel Silver produced TALES FROM THE CRYPT Presents: Bordello of Blood for Universal. In 1996, Corey directed his first film BUSTED.
The year 2002 included appearances in the comedy DICKIE ROBERTS for which he wrote and performed a song for the soundtrack, followed by Wes Craven’s CURSED. In 2004, he was honored with a Former Child Star Lifetime Achievement Award and 2006 found him receiving the best actor award at the Luxemburg Film Festival for his performance in THE BIRTHDAY, a film that he feels to be his finest work to date. The Eyegore Awards honored Corey with an award for Legendary Work in Horror Films in 2007. Then he starred and exec produced the hit show THE TWO COREY’S (2007/ 2008). He returned as Edgar Frog in LOST BOYS: THE TRIBE in 2008 and starred in THE TERROR INSIDE in the same year for which he won the Crystal Reel Best Actor Award.