Y&R's Donny Boaz (Chance) celebrates his birthday. Learn more about him here-->>
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Donny Boaz is celebrating his 40th birthday today.
He was born on December 12, 1980, in Waxahachie, Texas where he grew up and attended Southwestern University.
While playing college football he was scouted as a modeling agent and later began his official modeling career. During his modeling career, he visited and worked in 35 countries. He did modeling for the likes of Abercrombie and Neiman Marcus. He has walked the runways in London, Milan, Paris, Sydney, L.A. and New York, and has graced the cover of GQ Japan.
While back in Dallas he was given the opportunity to cross over into the acting world and immediately made an impact. His starring debut was an NBC movie of the week called "Saving Jessica Lynch." His soap credits include roles on, All My Children, Guiding Light and Dallas with other television and film credits including; NCIS, NCIS: New Orleans, Six, The Great Debaters and My All American.
It is noted that in his spare time, he enjoys staying active, playing beach volleyball and bowling, and being a student of film. He is a proud Dallas Cowboys fan. He also works with the non-profit organizations Suiting Warriors Foundation, which provides veterans with professional attire for the workforce, and Operation Finally Home, which builds and provides housing for wounded veterans.
In a 2013 Interview, Donny shared, "Growing up, I never had any aspirations to be in the entertainment business. My whole life was sports. While playing football in college, I was a personal trainer. One day a lady walked up to me and asked that I train her. I said, “of course.” For all of my clients I would challenge them to set goals for themselves and then reward themselves for their results. My client easily met her goals, so I asked her how she was going to reward herself. She said she wanted to take me to a modeling agency. I told her, “No, do something for yourself.” She insisted. I went with her and I got signed as a model at 19 years old with Kim Dawson in Dallas. That changed my life. It really did. Between the ages of 19 and 25 I was blessed to be able to travel the world and go to 20 plus countries, all with the job. When I was 23 I had just moved back to Dallas from Paris and went into Kim Dawson (agency) and the acting agent there asked me if I had ever done any acting. I said, “I played a robot in school in 6th grade.” So, she said, “No, but you look like this guy, I want you to go tryout.” I said, “OK”. I went to my first audition and I booked it. The name of that film is “Saving Jessica Lynch.” Jessica Lynch was an 18 year old POW in Operation Iraqi Freedom. I played the role of PFC Patrick Miller. Production turned nine square blocks of Dallas into Al Nasiriyah, Iraq. I loved the training I received for that film and in that job, fell in love with acting."
Boaz joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in November 2019. He plays the role of Phillip Chancellor IV also known as Chance, the grandson of legacy character Jill Abbott (Jess Walton).
Please be sure to send him birthday wishes on social media.