Chance Chancellor hasn’t been on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for years so it’s understandable fans may not remember the character. So we’re here with a quick refresher on the guy’s history in Genoa City! The character was born in 1988 and played by a series of child actors, including future GOSSIP GIRL star Penn Badgley in 2000. In July of 2009, Chance was aged into an adult and played by GUIDING LIGHT alum John Driscoll. The character was written out in September of 2010 but returned for a handful of guest appearances in 2011. His name had been mentioned in the fall of 2019, so it was almost inevitable that the character would be returning. However, Chance is now being played by actor Donny Boaz, who joined the cast on Nov. 8, 2019.
Phillip “Chance” Chancellor IV was born to Nina Webster and Phillip Chancellor III in 1988. After his father’s apparent death, Nina married Ryan McNeil, who became a new father figure to the boy. Phillip was upset when Ryan left Nina for Tricia Dennison, and Nina urged her son to continue to spend time with Ryan, even if that included Tricia. Ryan ended up with Victoria Newman but remained part of Phillip’s life until he was killed in 2001. Following his death, Nina and Phillip moved to Los Angeles.
During a visit to Genoa City in 2008, Nina mentioned that her son was serving in the Iraq War. And in 2009, Phillip came home himself, now going by the nickname Chance, to deal with the shocking revelation that his father had faked his death all those years ago. Having been discharged from the Army, he began working at the Genoa City Police Department as a detective. Chance developed a crush on Chloe Mitchell, although it wasn’t until he was stabbed and nearly died that she finally admitted her own feelings for him. During a trip to New York City, Chance proposed, but Chloe turned him down. But after talking with Kevin, Chloe changed her mind and Chance happily accepted her proposal!
But Chance had an affair with Heather Stevens, and Chloe was furious, calling off the engagement. While trying to prove that his GCPD partner, Ronan Malloy, was a dirty cop, Chance was arrested for drug possession. Ronan, who was an undercover FBI agent, had planted the drugs on him to protect his partner, and it was revealed that he was also Nina’s son! When Chance tried to bust the group of dirty cops, Ronan shot and killed him to prove his loyalty. Chance’s family was devastated and also upset at the claims the young man was leading a drug ring. In the end, Ronan revealed his true identity and finally brought the dirty cops to justice.
Christine Blair arranged for Phillip and Nina to be taken to a secluded location where they were stunned to see Chance, who had faked his death so that he could go into the Witness Protection Program after the bust. They agreed to keep the secret and said goodbye to their son. Later, when Ronan required a liver transplant, Chance resurfaced to find that he was a match and help save his brother’s life. He reconnected with Chloe as a friend and worked with Ronan to take down Colin Atkinson. He eventually left Genoa City again to take a job at the Pentagon.
In 2019, Chance’s name came up in connection to Adam Newman, who had been spending time with the Chancellor heir during his time in Vegas. And when Amanda Sinclair arrived in Genoa City, she revealed that she was an attorney representing Chance, who was contesting Katherine’s will that left the bulk of the Chancellor fortune to Devon Hamilton. Chance came home just in time to thwart a hostage situation at the Grand Phoenix as he also investigated the truth behind Katherine’s will and helped discover it was a scam set up by Colin.
Naturally, the handsome Chance attracted some of Genoa City’s single ladies, and while Phyllis Summers gave it a shot, his heart landed with Abby Newman and the two began dating seriously. But there’s still something about Vegas he and Adam are still keeping under wraps, which could spell trouble for the couple.
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