Chance Kelly

As a freshman, Chance played guard for Ithaca College in the Division III National Championship in Phenix City, Alabama. His maternal grandfather was screenwriter William Fay and, planning to follow his grandfather's lead, Chance transferred to New York University and earned a BA in English & Writing. But, after losing a bet and in spite of a profound fear of public speaking, he entered an acting class. He was so terrified that he gave his first monologue (Brick from Cat on a Hot Tin Roof) to a brick wall. Though scolded by the teacher for his foolishness, he embraced this experience and the thrill of the process of acting. While pursuing his acting career, he also entered the amateur boxing circuit in NYC, winning the Superheavyweight division of the NYC Metros tournament. The following year, he entered the NYC Golden Gloves, winning his first fight by knockout, only to have to subsequently drop out of the competition for work on the film "The Devil's Own." A few years later, he also earned an MS from Columbia University. After toiling in the business for several more years, he was fortunate enough to earn the role of Lt. Col. Stephen "Godfather" Ferrando in HBO's Generation Kill. The experience would change his life forever, propelling his career, creating friendships with countless Marines, Marine supporters & fans, as well as with Col. Ferrando himself. On Memorial Day 2009, he was appointed Honorary Marine by the Marine Corps League (Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds Detachment - 203, Freehold, New Jersey) for his work in Generation Kill. Chance remains forever indebted to the Marines for this honor, and regards them as the backbone of this country. He continues his writing pursuits and has three scripts in development now.

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