Chad originally hails from Toronto, Canada. There, he attended the York Arts Drama Program, a prominent and highly respected theatre school in Canada, where he starred in such productions as Oedipus Rex, Measure By Measure, Waiting For Godot, A Doll’s House and The Collected Works of Billy The Kid. He was subsequently cast in various other plays, appearing on some of Toronto’s finest stages including: Wild Abandon at the Tarragon Theatre, 2 To Tango and Cowboy Mouth at Theatre Center East, and The Juliet Chronicles at the Factory Theatre.
The entertainment community took notice of Chad’s amazing versatility and prescient ability to capture a characters depth, casting him in the controversial and award-winning Canadian teen series, Straight Up. He continued to work extensively in the Canadian television industry, rapidly making his way to Los Angeles where he soon established himself as a young actor to watch.
He started landing leading roles in the box office hits Disturbing Behavior, (MGM) and Final Destination, (New Line) garnering him numerous fans and many dedicated websites. Lions Gate, long a fan of Chad’s work, then cast him as their lead in the romantic comedy Girl Fever. After seeing his work in that film, they offered him a role in their highly anticipated Fall release Shattered Glass, with fellow Canadian and friend Hayden Christensen.
But it is the role of Jacob in the highly rated and critically acclaimed mini-series Taken (DreamWorks Television / Sci-Fi Channel), that has brought Chad to an entirely new and devoted fan base. The series was a ratings success and has drawn imminent praise for Chad’s work.
His numerous television credits include guest star and recurring roles on prominent shows such as Cold Case (CBS) the Emmy award winning series E.R., (NBC) Dragnet, (ABC), The Practice, and Smallville, (WB). Most recently Chad has appeared on the Golden Globe winning USA show, Monk with Tony Shalhoub. He also recently completed the independent film “Hate Crime”.
In his spare time, Donella enjoys writing, and is working on his first screenplay.