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‘Parker Lewis,’ ‘Stargate’ actor is moving to Tampa Bay to make films

Corin Nemec made the decision after working with a local production company and meeting a woman.
Actor Corin Nemec is moving to the Tampa Bay area to make independent movies.
Actor Corin Nemec is moving to the Tampa Bay area to make independent movies. [ Courtesy of Darrin VanGorder - DVG Photography ]
Published Sep. 22|Updated Sep. 22

TAMPA — You likely know Corin Nemec’s face.

The actor has been working steadily since he appeared in the “Webster” sitcom in 1988.

Perhaps you know him from his work in the 1990s — his starring role in the sitcom “Parker Lewis Can’t Lose” or his portrayal of Harold Lauder in “The Stand” miniseries. Then there are Nemec’s more recent starring roles in the “Stargate” and “Supernatural” series.

“People still know me from ‘I Know My First Name Is Stephen,’” a 1989 miniseries, laughed the 50-year-old with more than 100 credits. “It garnered a 48 percent viewership on the Nielsen ratings.”

Soon, the Tampa Bay area will know him as a neighbor.

Nemec is relocating from Los Angeles to Tampa Bay, where he will begin production on a series of independent movies.

First up is “Uncivil War: America Divided,” which Nemec will co-produce and star in. It will also star Jeremy London, whose credits include “Mallrats” and “Party of Five.”

Three weeks of filming throughout Pinellas County begins Oct.17, said Ben Daniele of St. Petersburg’s Scatter Brothers Productions, which will helm the movie. The script was written by Clearwater’s David Siracusa.

The comedy revolves around two friends at odds during “the chaotic and divisive days of 2020,” Daniele said. “They’re caught in the same arguments we all had. It’s a cute, tongue-in-cheek story about that crazy time. Anybody who lived through it will identify and laugh along.”

Daniele said that 90% of the crew will be area residents. “And we have some actors coming from out of town. But we’re pulling people from right here, too. We’ll also be looking for extras to come out and have fun.”

Nemec, whose resume also includes 17 producer credits, said this is the first in a series of projects he’ll be making with the Scatter Brothers. “I will be bringing quite a number of films down to the Tampa Bay area and will be a local by the end of the year.”

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He’s relocating here due to a positive experience on another area set.

Nemec was cast alongside Sean Astin in “Pet Detective,” which shot in Largo in April. It was part of the slate of 11 movies that former Clearwater Marine Aquarium CEO David Yates brought to the area. Scatter Brothers was hired to help produce that movie.

“They have a tremendous work ethic and really impressed me,” Nemec said. “We just hit it off and decided we needed to work together again.”

Then he met Sabrina Nova Tropf, a local realtor who was renting a property to the “Pet Detective” production.

“She was stopping by to check on things,” Nemec said. “We started talking, swapped phone numbers and it slowly developed into something.”

Once that movie wrapped, Nemec was off to Mississippi to star in and produce “Worked To Death,” which he said is “a murder, mystery, whodunit movie” also starring Kelly Sullivan of “General Hospital” fame.

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Nemec planned on shooting more movies in Mississippi, but then received the script for “The Uncivil War” and figured a movie written by a Tampa Bay resident should also be shot here.

“Tampa Bay’s environment is really beautiful,” he said. “And I then thought, why not bring the entire operation down to Tampa Bay and make that home base. With Scatter Brothers, we have a super legit tight team that does things the right way.”

His budding romance made that decision easier.

“It is certainly a huge, huge plus,” he said.

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