Will Chase in 2006
Frank William Chase
September 12, 1970
Frankfort, Kentucky, U.S.
|Education||Oberlin College (BM)|
|Partner(s)||Ingrid Michaelson (2015–Present)|
Frank William Chase (born September 12, 1970), better known by his stage name Will Chase, is an American actor and singer, best known for his work in Broadway musicals and in his role as country superstar Luke Wheeler on ABC's Nashville.
Early life and education
Chase was born in Frankfort, Kentucky, and is the youngest of three boys. He graduated from Western Hills High School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied conducting with Robert Spano and majored in percussion.
Chase started his acting career in Chicago, performing in regional theater productions and received three Joseph Jefferson Award nominations. He then played Chris in the 2nd National Tour of Miss Saigon. He first performed on Broadway in 1998 as the Squeegee Man and Roger understudy in Rent in the role originated by Adam Pascal; he also starred as the last Roger in the final Broadway company of Rent, which was recorded for the theatrical release entitled Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway. His additional Broadway credits include Miss Saigon (with the original star Lea Salonga playing Kim to close the Broadway production); The Full Monty, as Jerry Lukowski replacement (2001); Lennon (2005); Aida (Radames replacement, 2003–04), another role originated by Pascal; and Tony in Billy Elliot the Musical. He was also in A Little Princess the Musical as Captain Crewe. In 2005, he played Neville Craven in the 2005 World AIDS Day The Secret Garden concert.
In 2006, he starred in High Fidelity on Broadway, and starred as Valentin in Kiss of the Spider Woman at the Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia, for which he received a nomination for the 2009 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Lead Actor.
He appeared in The Pajama Game opposite Kate Baldwin at The Muny (St. Louis) in July 2007. He starred in Oklahoma in 2007 at the Lyric Theatre opposite Kelli O'Hara, and on Broadway in the musical The Story of My Life in 2009.
He was a nominee at the 2013 Tony Awards, nominated for Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his role as John Jasper / Mr. Clive Paget in the Broadway revival of The Mystery of Edwin Drood.
Chase guest starred as Michael Swift in the NBC series Smash. He then went on to play the role of country superstar Luke Wheeler on the television series Nashville. His other television appearances include Quantico, HBO's The Deuce, the recurring role of Pat Mahoney on Rescue Me, Cupid, Canterbury's Law, Law & Order, Third Watch, Conviction, and Queens Supreme, Hallmark's The Lost Valentine, alongside Jennifer Love Hewitt and Betty White; the 2011 season finale of Royal Pains (USA); Blue Bloods (CBS); and the ABC drama Pan Am. In 2012, he appeared on the series White Collar, in the episode "Neighborhood Watch", and appeared on the series Unforgettable, in the episode "The Comeback".
Chase played the character Byron Marks on the September 27, 2017 season opening of Law and Order: SVU titled “Gone Fishin”.
He played Neil Hargrove in the second season of the American supernatural horror-science fiction web television series, Stranger Things, which premiered on Netflix on October 27, 2017, and appears in HBO's drama Sharp Objects as Bob Nash.
|2001||Fling (FOX network, created by Glenn Gordon Caron)||Dan Fields||Episode: #1.2 “In Genes We Trust”|
|2002||Guiding Light||Store Manager||Episode dated August 14, 2002|
|2002||Third Watch||Reilly||Episode: #4.8 “Ladies’ Day”|
|2003||Queens Supreme||ADA Pheiffer||Episode: #1.1 “One Angry Man”|
|2003||Law & Order||David||Episode: #13.11 “Chosen”|
|2004||Everyday People||Dad (uncredited)||HBO Film|
|2004||Law & Order||Mellors’ Co-Owner||Episode: #14.18 “Evil Breeds”|
|2006||Conviction||Detective Dave Lamanski||Episode: #1.4 “Indebted”|
|2006||As the World Turns||Dr. Linn||Episode dated May 1, 2006 |
Episode dated May 3, 2006
|2006||All My Children||A.D.A. Phillips||Episode #1.9395|
|2008||Law & Order||Derek Cahill||Episode: #18.4 “Bottomless”|
|2008||Canterbury's Law||Artie Flom||Episode: #1.3 “What Goes Around”|
|2008||Rent: Filmed Live on Broadway||Roger Davis||TV Film|
|2009||Four Single Fathers||Lance||Film|
|2009||Cupid||Peter||Episode: #1.6 “Left of the Dial”|
|2009||Law & Order: Criminal Intent||Jacob Garrety||Episode: #8.15 “Passion”|
|2009||One Life to Live||Dr. Jason Nance||Episode: #1.10564 “Sing Along with Mitch” |
Episode: #1.10565 “The Greenhouse Effect”
Episode: #1.10566 “Angel of Death”
Episode: #1.10567 “Dads Gone Wild”
|2009–2010||Rescue Me||Pat Mahoney||Episode: #5.5 “Sheila” |
Episode: #6.4 “Breakout”
Episode: #6.6 “Sanctuary”
Episode: #6.8 “Cowboy”
|2011||The Lost Valentine||Andrew Hawthorne||TV Film|
|2011||Royal Pains||Benjamin Richards||Episode: #2.18 “Listen to the Music”|
|2011||Pan Am||John Stanton||Episode: #1.1 “Pilot”|
|2011||Blue Bloods||William Flood||Episode: #2.3 “Critical Condition”|
|2012||White Collar||Connor Bailey||Episode: #3.13 “Neighborhood Watch”|
|2012||Unforgettable||Reed Benedict||Episode: #1.18 “The Comeback”|
|2012–2013||Smash||Michael Swift||10 episodes; |
Recurring role (Season 1)
|2013||Necessary Roughness||David Blaze||Episode: #2.13 “Hits and Myths”|
|2013||It Could Be Worse||Pervy||Episode: #1.6 “Him, I want Him”|
|2013||Butterflies of Bill Baker||Bill Baker||Film|
|2013||The Ordained||Gavin||TV Film|
|2013–2014||The Good Wife||Detective Doug Young||Episode: #4.18 “Death of a Client” |
Episode: #5.16 “The Last Call”
|2013–2017||Nashville||Luke Wheeler/Himself||57 episodes; |
Recurring role (Season 2)
Main role (Seasons 3–4)
Guest role (Seasons 5–6)
|2015||For Real||Blaine||TV Film|
|2015||A Warrior's Tail||Anga (English version, voice)||Film|
|2017||Time After Time||Griffin Monroe||12 episodes; |
|2017||Law & Order: Special Victims Unit||Byron Marks||Episode: #19.1 “Gone Fishin’”|
|2017||The Deuce||Jack||Episode: #1.4 “I See Money” |
Episode: #1.5 “What Kind of Bad?”
|Stranger Things||Neil Hargrove||Episode: #2.8 “Chapter Eight: The Mind Flayer” |
Episode: #3.6 “Chapter Six: E Pluribus Unum”
|2018||American Crime Story||Detective Paul Scrimshaw||Episode: #2.1 “The Man Who Would Be Vogue” |
Episode: #2.2 “Manhunt”
Episode: #2.9 “Alone”
|2018||Quantico||Frank Marlow||Episode: #3.6 “Heaven’s Fall” |
Episode: #3.9 “Fear Feargach”
|2018||Sharp Objects||Bob Nash||5 episodes; |
Main role (Mini-Series)
|2018–2019||Madam Secretary||Owen Callister||Episode: #5.4 “Requiem” |
Episode: #5.18 “Ready”
Episode: #5.19 “The Great Experience”
Episode: #5.20 “Better Angels”
|2019||The Village||John||Episode: #1.1 “Pilot” |
Episode: #1.3 “In Your Bones”
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- Gans, Andrew (July 23, 2007). "Chase and Baldwin Play The Pajama Game at the Muny Beginning July 23". Playbill.
- "The Story of My Life". Internet Broadway Database. Retrieved July 11, 2009.
- Drood Playbill (vault). Retrieved July 24, 2019
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- "Butterflies of Bill Baker". IMDb. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
- "Savva. Heart of the Warrior". IMDb. Retrieved October 27, 2015.
- Hetrick, Adam. "Christian Borle Sets 'Something Rotten!' Departure" Playbill, June 23, 2016
- " Sharp Objects Cast and Crew" hbo.com. Retrieved July 24, 2019
- Clement, Olivia. "Kelli O’Hara to Return to Broadway in Kiss Me, Kate", Playbill, November 6, 2017. Retrieved July 8, 2018
- Miller, Lynn (January 10, 2014). "Stars of Broadway Align for Theatrical Benefit at South". West Windsor & Plainsboro News.
- Lee, Esther; Brown, Brody. "Debra Messing and Will Chase Split After Nearly Two-and-a-Half Years of Dating" US Magazine, October 27, 2014
- Saad, Nadine. "Debra Messing and Will Chase split up after sparking during 'Smash'" Los Angeles Times, October 27, 2014
- "Ingrid Michaelson Dating Will Chase Following Split: Photo". Us Weekly. July 7, 2015. Retrieved February 7, 2018.