If you’re one of the newer viewers wondering who is Phillip Chancellor on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, let us fill you in on some details regarding the guy. The character of Phillip Robert Chancellor II first appeared on Y&R in 1973 played by Jon Considine. Then Donnelly Rhodes took over, portraying the patriarch from 1974-75.
Phillip was the husband of Katherine Chancellor, who was the widow of his college friend, Gary Reynolds. Their marriage was strained because Kay had some pretty bad habits: Smoking, drinking… and cheating on him! Phillip tried to help his wife with her vices but ended up having an affair of his own with Jill Foster. They fell in love and conceived a child together, leading Phillip to decide to leave Katherine.
He served Kay with the divorce papers and jetted off to the Dominican Republic where he finalized the split before returning to Genoa City. But Kay picked him up at the airport, begging for another chance. When he refused, she sped up and drove off a cliff intending to kill them both! But Phillip survived the crash long enough to marry Jill on his deathbed. Phillip was buried in the backyard of the Chancellor estate. Later, Jill gave birth to his son, Phillip Chancellor III, who continued the family legacy with his own son, Phillip Robert Chancellor IV, who went by the nickname Chance.
It was their love for Phillip that sparked the epic rivalry between Katherine and Jill. And the guy’s name came up again when Jack Abbott was led to believe he wasn’t John Abbott’s son and suspected Phillip might be his father after an affair with Dina Mergeron! (That turned out to be a lie concocted by his sister, Ashley.)