Chance Kelly

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Chance Kelly
Alma mater New York University
Occupation Actor
Years active 1995–present
Known for Generation Kill, Fringe

Chance Kelly is a film and television character actor.[1] He is known for starring as Lt. Col. "Godfather" Ferrando in the 2008 HBO miniseries Generation Kill and the Fox television series Fringe.


Chance's maternal grandfather was screenwriter William Fay. After serving as starting offensive guard for Ithaca College, Chance transferred to New York University where he earned a BA in English & Writing, with the intention of following his grandfather's lead. 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 acting business for several more years, he was fortunate enough to earn the role of Lt. Col. Stephen "Godfather" Ferrando in HBO's Generation Kill. After reading the book upon which the adaptation was based, Kelly embarked on a five-month shoot in Africa, from May to December 2007. He also developed a unique, raspy voice for the role.[2] The Boston Globe praised the "fierce edge" Kelly's performance brought to the series, opining, "Godfather leads with the competitive fury of a high school football coach. His eyes are cold fire, and Kelly, like a few other members of this cast, deserves notice at Emmy time next year."[3] 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.

From 2008 to 2009, Chance appeared in the first season of the science fiction series Fringe as Agent Mitchell Loeb, beginning with the episode "In Which We Meet Mr. Jones".[4][5] In 2011, he portrayed Bart McDade, President and COO of Lehman Brothers, in the HBO film Too Big to Fail.[6] In 2012, Kelly appears as a mysterious interrogator in the American television series Homeland.[7] He played the head of security for Kevin Spacey's character on the Netflix series House of Cards, appearing as the first actor onscreen in the series, alongside Spacey. He has also played recurring characters on Army Wives, The Whole Truth, Delocated, Rescue Me and The Black Donnellys, He has played seven different characters on seven different Law & Order episodes. Additionally, he has also guest starred (and been killed) on Motive, Nikita, Burn Notice & The Jury. He has further guest starred (and survived) on NYC 22, Blue Bloods, Unforgettable, Body of Proof, and Golden Boy.[4] He played the disturbing "Orange Suit Man" in M. Night Shyamalan's film Unbreakable. He has also appeared in the feature films Little Children, The Taking of Pelham 123,[6] Stake Land,[8] and Broken City.[9] In 2013, Kelly filmed scenes for a horror-thriller titled Off Season on Martha's Vineyard. He plays Kellen, a supporting lead who owns a farm with his troubled wife.

Chance has had the distinct honor of portraying seven different characters on seven different Law & Order episodes between 2002 and 2011: 1. Court Officer #1 (Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode #115 "Semi Professional" 2002); 2. Det. Finch (Law & Order: "Criminal Intent episode #318 "Ill Bred" 2004); 3. Kyle Marsden (Law & Order: episode #1503 "The Brotherhood" 2004); 4. Fireman Charlie Hugo (Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode #604 "Maltese Cross" 2006); 5. State Trooper Lawley (Law & Order: SVU episode #819 "Florida" 2007); 6. Elvis Howell (Law & Order: Criminal Intent episode #910 "Disciple" 2010); 7. Sergeant Forde (Law & Order: Los Angeles episode #113 "Reseda" 2011).

Currently, Chance can be seen in the 2015 blockbuster film "American Sniper" and will appear in the NBC series Aquarius, airing in 2015.

Chance continues his writing pursuits and has several scripts in development, including Inside Fighter, which he plans to have in production within the next year.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

Chance is married with three children and lives in the Manhattan suburb of New Rochelle in Westchester County.[10] He attended Byram Hills High School in Armonk,NY. He graduated with a BA from New York University in 1990.[11] He earned an MS from Columbia University in 2000.


  1. ^ Strachan, Alex (July 16, 2004). "Real-life boxers punch up The Jury". The Windsor Star. Retrieved April 7, 2013.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Starr, Michael (May 31, 2007). "Starr report". New York Post. Retrieved April 7, 2013.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ Gilbert, Matthew (July 11, 2008). "A new HBO miniseries puts viewers on the ground with the troops in the early days of the Iraq invasion". The Boston Globe. Retrieved April 7, 2013.  (subscription required)
  4. ^ a b "Chance Kelly: Credits". TV Guide. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ Griffin, Bryant L. (November 13, 2008). "Review: 'Fringe' - In Which We Meet Mr. Jones". Airlock Alpha. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Too Big To Fail: Chance Kelly". Home Box Office. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Hegarty, Shane (December 15, 2012). "'Homeland' is so over. Everyone pull a cry face". The Irish Times. Retrieved April 7, 2013.  (subscription required)
  8. ^ Ozanich, David (April 22, 2011). "EXCLUSIVE: Kelly McGillis Talks Stake Land". MovieWeb. Retrieved April 8, 2013. 
  9. ^ Hoffman, Jordan (January 17, 2013). "‘Broken City’ Review". Screencrush. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  10. ^ Whalen, Will (September 1, 2008). "Interview with Chance Kelly from HBO's "Generation Kill"". Retrieved April 7, 2013. 
  11. ^ Alfuso, RenÉe. "NYU Stars Light Up Red Carpets and the Silver Screen". New York University. Retrieved April 7, 2013. 

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