Chase Coleman

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Chase Coleman
Chase Red Carpet.jpg
Chase Coleman attends a red carpet event in 2017
Born (1985-03-20) March 20, 1985 (age 33)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Alma mater University of Louisiana at Monroe
Occupation Actor, director, and musician
Years active 2005–present

Chase Coleman (born March 20, 1985) is an American actor, director, and musician. Coleman is best known for portraying the character of Billy Winslow[1][2][3] in the HBO TV series Boardwalk Empire[4][5] as well as his role of the werewolf, Oliver, on the CW hit spin-off series, The Originals.[6][7]

Life and Work[edit]

Early life[edit]

Chase Coleman was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama and raised in Monroe, Louisiana. He attended Grace Episcopal School for elementary and junior high education and graduated from St. Frederick Catholic High School. During his second year of high school, he became the lead singer of Crawl Space, a local Monroe rock band until graduation.

After high school, Coleman attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, pursuing a degree in Business Marketing. While there, he played in a hard rock band called, Fallstaff. However, not long after starting college, Coleman became interested in acting. He began performing with the Straus Community Theater and the Theater of the University of Louisiana at Monroe. During his junior year of college, he signed with the Baton Rouge Agency, Stage 2000, after being recruited by Ron Randell.[8]

Acting career[edit]

Coleman was invited to Dallas to compete at the Mike Beaty Model and Talent Expo. It was there that Chase won several awards including best monologue and overall fitness model.[9] He was then discovered by talent manager Suzanne Schachter and was invited to go to New York City to test the market for the summer. While in New York, Coleman was offered the role of Garrett on the popular daytime soap opera, One Life to Live.[10][11] Not long after landing that role, he received many offers to remain in New York City for professional acting work, shifting to online courses in order to finish his degree. In 2006, he signed with the company Suzelle Enterprises and Abrams Artists Agency through Paul Reisman. During his time in New York, he studied at the HB Studio with Lorraine Serabien, with Susan Batson at Black Nexxus, and with Jennifer Gelfer at the Haymarket Annex Master Class.

One of Coleman's most recognized roles is the portrayal of Billy Winslow in Season 1 of Boardwalk Empire, as well as guest starring on The Good Wife, Gossip Girl, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and Kings.[10] He has had many starring and supporting roles in numerous independent films such as New York City Serenade, Catahoula, One Night Stand, Halloween Season, Grill Check, God Don’t Make the Laws, The Halls of Montezuma, Warehouse Rumble, Mama, 8:46, Roses, Cloak and Dagger, The J Packages, Pop Up, and Love Hunter. He also played the lead of Andrew in the off-Broadway play My Big Gay Italian Wedding.[12]

In 2010, Coleman won the Screen Actors Guild Award for "Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series," for his role on Boardwalk Empire. He was then cast as Dr. Dane Sullivan in the web series, In Between Men. It was this role that got Coleman nominated for an Indie Soap Award for "Best Supporting Actor in a Drama," in 2011.

Coleman founded the production company Bloodstone Productions and created the short film Into the Rose Garden that he wrote, directed, and starred in. Then, in the summer of 2012, he guest starred as Robert in the pilot of the TV series The Americans, as well as worked on filming Season 2 of In Between Men in autumn of the same year.

In 2014, Coleman was cast as the werewolf, Oliver, on the hit TV show The Originals, the popular spin-off show of The Vampire Diaries. His role as Oliver spanned a total of twelve episodes between Season 1 and Season 2 of the series.

After his role of Oliver, Coleman went on to work on more independent films like Recorded Lives, Justice Served, Heaven's Renegade Angel, The Viking and the Pendulum, The Return, and Life's Too Short, to name a few.

Later in 2016, Coleman landed a guest-starring role on the NBC series, Aquarius, as Terry Melcher, a character that spanned three episodes.

Currently, Coleman is appearing globally at several fan conventions developed for The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, both as a guest star and musician.


During his pursuit of expanding his acting career, music follows close behind. In 2014, while guest-starring in the fan convention circuit, Coleman began playing music acoustically for the audience; he covered mainstream music as well as singing original songs he had written.

Mercy Mode performs at Whisky A Go Go in Hollywood.

Mercy Mode[edit]

In January 2017, Coleman, along with friends Chris Weaver and Micah Parker, formed the band, Mercy Mode. Their first single, "Take It All," was released on March 15, 2017 and is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Google Play.



Year Title Role
2006 Scarlett Party-goer
2006 One Life to Live Garrett
2007 False Hope Code Blue Responder 1
2007 New York City Serenade Jock 1
2007 Gossip Girl Jack Altman
2007 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Brad Barrett
2008 Catahoula Jason Dunn
2009 Kings Daniel Shepherd
2009 The Good Wife Brian Keller
2010 One Night Stand Date Rapist
2010 Halloween Season Bill
2010 Boardwalk Empire Billy Winslow
2011 Grill Check Mickey
2011 God Don't Make the Laws Brett Armstrong
2011 The Halls of Montezuma Victor
2011 In Between Men Dr. Dane Sullivan
2011 Warehouse Rumble Blade Strongood
2011 Mama Joe
2011 8:46 Kyle Foster
2012 Roses Teenager
2012 Cloak and Dagger Adam Larkin
2012 The J Packages Todd
2012 Into the Rose Garden Joseph
2013 The Americans Robert
2013 Pop Up Ryan
2014 Love Hunter Tom
2014 The Originals Oliver
2014 Recorded Lives Tadd's brother
2015 Justice Served Luke Palmer
2015 Gypsi Declan Desmonde
2015 Heaven's Renegade Angel Toby
2015 The Viking and the Pendulum Varg
2015 S(he) Said Man
2015 Eye of the Beholder Eliae
2016 The Return Apollo
2016 Life's Too Short Man
2016 Aquarius Terry Melcher
2016 Noches Con Platanito Multiple Roles
2016 Apocalypse: The Drunk The Drunk
2016 Outlaw Origins Twisted Fate
2016 I Hate Your Laugh! Dillon
2017 The Time Capsule Derek
2017 You. Me. Us? Harry
2017 The Land Scottie Taylor
2017 Panacea Nick
2018 Trauma Therapy Matt
2018 Tales TBA
2018 First Born Gun Guy
TBA Misfit Aaron
TBA Family Dinner Charlie
TBA A Night at the Studio Buddy


Year Title Role
2012 Into the Rose Garden Joseph[13]


Year Title Role
2012 Into the Rose Garden Joseph[13]


Year Title Role
2011 My Big Gay Italian Wedding Andrew[14][12]
2012 Four Dogs and a Bone Victor[15][16]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Nominated work Result
2010 Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series[17] Boardwalk Empire Won
2011 Indie Soap Awards Best Supporting Actor in a Drama[18] In Between Men Nominated


  1. ^ "Chase Coleman Biography". Chase Coleman official website. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Boardwalk Empire Guest Stars". HBO. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  3. ^ Federico, Joseph. "Boardwalk Empire Actor Chase Coleman Talks 1920s and Season 3". Debonair. Retrieved September 21, 2012. 
  4. ^ Dawidziak, Mark. "Boardwalk Empire digs deep into Nucky's painful childhood". Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Chase Coleman". Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Interview: 'The Originals' werewolf Chase Coleman talks Klaus, deals and howling". UPROXX. 2014-04-22. Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  7. ^ "THE ORIGINALS Scoop: Chase Coleman Talks The Fun Of Playing A Werewolf Willing to Go to War With the Vampires | the TV addict". Retrieved 2017-10-25. 
  8. ^ "Chase Coleman talent". Stage 2000 official website. Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  9. ^ Randell, Ron. "Discoveries". Stage 2000 official website. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Federico, Joseph. "Debonair Like Me: Chase Coleman". Debonair. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  11. ^ "Helping the cause". Love Out Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Cast of My Big Gay Italian Wedding". Big Gay Italian Wedding official website. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b "Into the Rose Garden movie poster". Chase Coleman official website. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  14. ^ Gans, Andrew. "My Big Gay Italian Wedding will close in August". Playbill. Archived from the original on September 4, 2012. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  15. ^ Epstein, Brett. "Four Dogs and a Bone". Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  16. ^ "Four Dogs and a Bone". Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  17. ^ "The 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards Nominations and Recipients". SAG Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  18. ^ "3rd Annual Indie Soap Awards Nominees". Indie Soap Awards. Retrieved September 2, 2012. 

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