With an athletic frame and soulful eyes, Chandler has spent most of his career playing manly but sensitive TV hunks. Raised on a farm in a small Georgia town, he made his first big impression as an aspiring baseball player on the '40s-era drama Homefront. He enjoyed steady employment on his next series, Early Edition, as a stockbroker who received tomorrow's newspaper in advance. Although he popped up in small film roles over the years, notably as a pompous actor in the 2005 remake of King Kong, Chandler fared best on the small screen, making an explosive impression with his Emmy-nominated guest stint on Grey's Anatomy as a sexy bomb-squad member and following it up with a plum role as a high-school football coach on the drama Friday Night Lights. When he's not acting, he enjoys cooking and riding his motorcycle.
- Grew up on a farm in Georgia.
- Became interested in theater while a student at the University of Georgia.
- Worked as a bouncer in a Hollywood nightclub before breaking into show business; also sold souvenirs at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.
- Earned an Outer Critics Circle Award in 1994 for his stage performance in Picnic.
- Won the 1996 Saturn Award for Best Actor in a Television Series for Early Edition.
- 2016, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2012, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
- 2011, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2011, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
- 2010, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2016, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
- 2015, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- 2006, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
- Sawyer Chandler — Daughter
- Kathryn Kyl Chandler — Wife
- Sydney Chandler — Daughter
- Edward Chandler — Father
- Sally Chandler — Mother
- Attended University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, United States
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