Thom Bierdz Bio

(Phillip, Y&R)

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BIRTHDATE: March 25
HOMETOWN: Kenosha, WI
MARITAL STATUS: Single
YEARS ON SHOW: 1986-89; 2004; 2009-present

Actor/artist/author Thom Bierdz has endured much tragedy in his life, but has a long history of starting over.

The Kenosha, WI native began acting professionally when he was in his early 20s. In 1985, he had a small role in the hit St. Elmo's Fire; the next year, he appeared in THE GLADIATOR and HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN.

Meantime, he joined Y&R as Phillip Chancellor III, son of Jill and Phillip II. Almost immediately, Bierdz was thrown into two juicy storylines as Jill and Kay battled for the young man's respect and teens Nina and Cricket fought for his affections (Nina "won." She and Phillip had a baby, Phillip IV, and wed in 1989). In real life, Bierdz had also become a heartthrob, but was keeping secret the truth that he's gay.

et cetera 5 random facts
  1. In 2006, he received the "Key to the Light" award from Debbie Reynolds at the 51st Annual Thalians Event in Los Angeles.
  2. Auditioned for BIG BROTHER 3 in 2002.
  3. Has raised over $100,000 for charities with his paintings.
  4. Out magazine named him received the 2005 Best Emerging Artist, Los Angeles.
  5. Forgiving Troy was given the Best Autobiography Award from USA Book News in 2007.
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Other Roles

TV Roles
MURDER, SHE WROTE (Richard Binyon, 1994; Phil Carmichael, 1995)
ROBIN'S HOODS (Michael, 1994)
MELROSE PLACE (Hank, 1994)
MATLOCK (Bobby Simpson, 1993)
HIGHWAY TO HEAVEN (Paul Hiller, 1986)

Film Roles
The Last Place on Earth (Rich, 2002)
St. Elmo's Fire (Rowdy Undergrad, 1985)

TV Movies
THE GLADIATOR (Kid, 1986)

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