Chance Kelly attended Ithaca College where he played offensive guard for their nationally ranked football team. He later attended New York University where he earned a BA in English & Writing. He also holds an MS from Columbia University.
After losing a bet, and in spite of a profound fear of public speaking, Chance entered an acting class in NYC. 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 acting. While pursuing his early acting career, he somehow also wandered into the world of competitive boxing. He competed in the amateur boxing circuit, winning the NYC Metros tournament as a Superheavyweight. The following year, he entered the NYC Golden Gloves, winning his first fight by first round knockout, only to have to subsequently drop out of the competition for work on a film.
Chance portrayed Lt. Col. Stephen "Godfather" Ferrando in HBO's miniseries Generation Kill, a role that created a bond between Chance and countless Marines, Marine supporters & fans, as well as with Col. Ferrando himself. On Memorial Day 2009, Chance was appointed Honorary Marine by the Marine Corps League (Cpl. Philip A. Reynolds Detachment - 203, Freehold, New Jersey) for his work in Generation Kill. Chance remains forever indebted to the Marines for this honor, and proudly regards them as the backbone of this wonderful country, along with all other service men and women. God bless America.
Over the past 20 years, Chance has worked on stage, and in TV and Film. He currently has three of his feature film scripts in development as well as several television projects on the horizon.
Chance credits his beautiful wife for tolerating him all these years and for being his constant partner, confidant, stabilizer and believer -- and for their three beautiful children (who NEVER let them rest).