Chandler Massey

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Chandler Massey
Chandler Massey 2.jpg
Massey at a NOH8 Campaign event in 2009
BornChandler Abit Massey
(1990-09-10) September 10, 1990 (age 23)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active2008-present
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Chandler Massey
Chandler Massey 2.jpg
Massey at a NOH8 Campaign event in 2009
BornChandler Abit Massey
(1990-09-10) September 10, 1990 (age 23)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Years active2008-present

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

Massey received the 2012 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series, becoming the first actor ever to receive a Daytime Emmy Award for playing a gay character.[2] He won his second consecutive Emmy in the category in 2013.

Personal life[edit]

Massey was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. He is the son of Lewis A. Massey, former Secretary of State of Georgia and Amy Massey. He has two younger siblings, Camryn 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 lead roles in Little Shop of Horrors, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Guys and Dolls and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

Later that year, he moved to Los Angeles to attend UCLA and pursue an acting career. While attending UCLA, Massey was on the Ultimate Frisbee team and earned the nickname "Bamm Bamm".[3][4] He is roommates with his Days co-star, Casey Deidrick.[5][6]

Acting career[edit]

Days of our Lives[edit]

In December 2009, after completing his first quarter at UCLA, Massey auditioned for the role of Will Horton on NBC’s daytime drama, Days of our Lives and got the role.

In 2012, Massey became the first actor in history to win a Daytime Emmy for portraying a gay character, winning in the Outstanding Younger Actor category.[2] He had been nominated in the same category the previous year. In 2013, Massey won his second consecutive Emmy for Outstanding Younger Actor category.[7]

In February 2013, Massey's younger brother, Christian, appeared as a young Will Horton on Days in a flashback.[8]

It was revealed in June 2013 that Massey intended to return to school instead of renewing his contract, which was up in December 2013.[9] It had been stated that his character would not be recast, and that the door would be open in case Massey decided to return.[10] Despite the statement, Massey expressed that he would support a recast.[11] On August 23, 2013, it was announced that Massey had taped his final episode that day, and that a recast had already been made.[12][13] Massey was let out of his contract early, to which he thanked Days and NBC.[12] He will continue to appear on the show through December as the show films approximately four months in advance.[12]


In January 2012, Massey appeared in a teen comedy movie called 16-Love as Farrell Gambles.

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. The film topped iTunes' Sports Movies chart for several weeks, following its release in January 2012.


201216-LoveFarrell Gambles
2014Angels in StardustAngelo
2009One Tree HillActorEpisode: "Screenwriter's Blues"
2009Eastbound & DownPitcherEpisode: "Chapter 3"
2009Army WivesBen GoldsmithEpisode: "Duty to Inform"
2010-2014Days of our LivesWill Horton

Awards and nominations[edit]

Days of our Lives
Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series


  1. ^ "Southern Comfort". Soap Opera Digest. February 28, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Chandler Massey On His Emmy Win: "It Was Crazy!"
  3. ^ Di Lauro, Janet (June 15, 2013). "Profile of Chandler Massey". 
  4. ^ "DC #608: DAYS' "Chill" aka Casey Deidrick and Chandler Massey Talk Soaps, Comedy and Doing Me". DaytimeConfindential. June 15, 2013. Retrieved March 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Deidrick, Casey (June 15, 2013). "@anaritam @ChandlerMassey living with your best friend is awesome until he eats all my peanut butter". Twitter. Retrieved June 9, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Chandler Massey 411". Soap Opera Digest. 
  7. ^ "The Emmy for Younger Actor in a Drama Series goes to– @ChandlerMassey #DOOL! Congratulations! #DaytimeEmmys". June 16, 2013. Retrieved June 16, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Christian Massey plays a younger Will Horton on Days"
  9. ^ Ins&Outs. "Leaving As A Class Act!". Soaps In Depth (Bauer Media Group): 13. July 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ Fairman, Michael (July 2, 2013). "The Ken Corday Interview – Days of our Lives". On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  11. ^ Fairman, Michael (July 26, 2013). "DAYS Chandler Massey: "If they decide to bring someone else to play Will, I won’t be upset and bitter. I want what is best for WilSon!". On-Air On-Soaps. Retrieved July 26, 2013. 
  12. ^ a b c "Exclusive: US soap star Chandler Massey done with gay role on Days of Our Lives". August 24, 2013. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Exclusive! Chandler Massey Off DAYS - Effective Immediately!". August 24, 2013. Retrieved August 23, 2013. 
  14. ^ Kroll, D: "Supporting winners are back, first-timer winner guaranteed in Younger fields"
  15. ^ "‘General Hospital’ scores 5 Daytime Emmys, including best drama; ‘Today,’ ‘Jeopardy!’ also win". Associated Press. 2012-06-23. Retrieved June 24, 2012. 
  16. ^ "The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Winners". National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. June 16, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 

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