Chandler Massey

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Chandler Massey
Chandler Massey, February 2015.png
Chandler Massey, February 2015
Born Chandler Massey
(1990-09-10) September 10, 1990 (age 26)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Residence Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Education Norcross High School
Alma mater UCLA
Occupation Actor
Years active 2008–present
Parent(s) Lewis A. Massey
Amy Reichard Massey

Chandler Massey (born September 10, 1990[1]) is an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Will Horton on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives.

Massey was awarded the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series three years in a row – in 2012,[2] 2013,[3] and 2014,[4] and is the first actor ever to receive a Daytime Emmy Award for playing a gay character.[2]

Personal life[edit]

Massey was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.[5] He is the son of Lewis A. Massey, former Secretary of State of Georgia, and Amy Reichard Massey. He has two younger siblings, Cameryn and Christian.

He graduated from Norcross High School in May 2009. While there, he was active in its drama club and took part in many of the school productions, including playing the lead roles in Little Shop of Horrors, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest,[5] Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Later that year, he moved to Los Angeles to attend the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and to pursue an acting career.[5] At UCLA, he played on the Ultimate Frisbee team, where he was given the nickname "Bamm Bamm."[6][7] Whilst working on Days of Our Lives, Massey roomed with his friend and Days co-star, Casey Deidrick.[8][9]

Acting career[edit]

Days of Our Lives[edit]

"Massey brings a pureness to the role of Will that makes you love him. This is a brilliant young actor who will move you to tears based on a look alone."
Jessica Radloff, Glamour Magazine[10]

In December 2009, after completing his first quarter at UCLA, Massey successfully auditioned for the role of Will Horton on NBC’s daytime drama Days of Our Lives,[5] joining the cast in 2010. He had previously auditioned for Will when Dylan Patton was cast.[11] For this role, Massey became the first actor in history to win a Daytime Emmy for portraying a gay character, when he won the Outstanding Younger Actor category in 2012.[2] He had been nominated in the same category the previous year. In February 2013, Massey's younger brother, Christian, appeared as a young Will Horton on Days of Our Lives in a flashback.[12]

In June 2013, Massey won his second consecutive Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor.[3][13] Massey revealed that he intended to return to school instead of renewing his contract, which was set to expire in December 2013.[14] Days executive producer Ken Corday stated that his character would not be recast, and that the door would be open in case Massey decided to return;[15] but Massey expressed that he would support a recast.[16] On August 23, 2013, it was announced that Massey had taped his final episode that day, and that a recast had already been made.[17][18] Massey was let out of his contract early, to which he thanked Days and NBC.[17] He continued to appear on the show through December, as the show was filming approximately four months in advance.[17]

On June 22, 2014, Massey won his third consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series.[19] On May 8, 2017, Entertainment Weekly announced that Massey would reprise the role of Will, beginning September 2017.[20][21]

Other work[edit]

Massey has made guest appearances in several drama series, including One Tree Hill and Army Wives, as well as appearing in the HBO comedy series, Eastbound & Down. In 2010, he starred in his first feature film,16-Love, in which he portrayed Farrell Gambles, a fun-loving junior tennis player, and the love interest of Lindsey Shaw's lead character, Ally Mash. Backstage wrote he gave "levels to his character" as the "boyish, smitten, too-romantic-to-be-true athlete next door."[22] Following its release in January 2012, the film topped iTunes' Sports Movies chart for several weeks.

Massey is also a musician, serving as the keyboardist and one of the two clean vocalists in the metal band And Still I Rise.[23]


Year Title Role Notes
2009 For What I Had to Fear Ben Tucker Short film
Directed by Andrew Schwab
2012 16-Love Farrell Gambles Feature film debut
Directed by Adam Lipsius
2014 Angels in Stardust Angelo Directed by William Robert Carey
2016 Butterfly Caught[24] Terry Directed by Manny Rodriguez, Jr.
2016 Hide in the Light[25] Shane Directed by Mikey McGregor
2016 The Standoff[26] Chris Goodman Directed by Ilyssa Goodman
2016 Aquarians[27] Danny Directed by Michael M. McGuire
2016 I Remember You[28] AJ Short film
Directed by Michael W. Catlin
Year Title Role Notes
2009 One Tree Hill Actor Lucas Episode 6.16: "Screenwriter's Blues"
Eastbound & Down Pliny Caldwell Episode 1.03: "Chapter 3"
Army Wives Ben Goldsmith Episode 3.13: "Duty to Inform"
2010–14 Days of Our Lives William "Will" Horton Contract role
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (2012, 2013, 2014)
Nominated — Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series (2011)
2015 Bad Judge Derek Episode 1.10: "The Fixer"
2015 AfterBuzz TV's Spotlight On Himself Interview on August 16, 2015.[29]
2016 Bunk'd Noah Episode 1.17: "For Love and Money"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominee/work Award Result
Days of Our Lives
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series

Massey made Daytime Emmys history with his three consecutive wins in the Younger Actor category. Whilst he is the second actor to win the category three times – following Jonathan Jackson, who won for General Hospital in 1995, 1998, and 1999 – he is the first to do so in consecutive years; although two actresses won three consecutive awards in the Younger Actress race prior to Massey's hat-trick: Jennifer Finnigan (The Bold and the Beautiful, 2002–2004) and Jennifer Landon (As the World Turns, 2006–2008). Massey is also the first actor from Days of Our Lives ever to win three Emmys, consecutive or otherwise.[33][34]


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