Thom Bierdz is an American actor best known for his portrayal of legacy character Phillip Chancellor III on the daytime drama The Young and the Restless, recurring from 1986 to 2011. He was a repeat guest star (1995) on Melrose Place , guest starred twice (1994, 1995) on Murder She Wrote and once (1994) on Matlock and Robin's Hoods. Other TV and movie roles include Highway To Heaven, St. Elmos Fire, The Last Place On Earth, The Gladiator, Warm Texas Rain, Hungry For Love, The Cavanaughs, The Takedown, Win Lose Or Draw and The New Hollywood Squares. Bierdz played Bobby Burton on the web series Old Dogs New Tricks in 2012, 2013 and 2016. In 1997, filmmaker Bierdz's first art film, Heart Of The Oak, won Best Experimental Film at Philadelphia International Film Festival and Best Experimental Film at U.C. Davis; Golden Calf Award. His 2009 memoir, Forgiving Troy, recounting the murder of his mother by paranoid schizophrenic brother Troy, gained many book awards, including: USA Book News - National Book Awards: WINNER: Autobiography/Memoir category USA Book News - International Book Awards: GRAND PRIZE: Spirituality “Sacred Light” Award, WINNER: Autobiography/Memoir category, WINNER: Non-Fiction Narrative category, WINNER: True Crime: Non-Fiction category. TV interviews on Forgiving Troy subject matter include Entertainment Tonight, CBS News, NBC News, FOX News, SoapTalk with Lisa Rinna, Brunch and Joan Quinn Profiles. His Forgiving Troy book also spawned a documentary of the same name, directed by Warren Hohmann of KTLA News. Being the first openly gay soap actor in a contract role, he was honored in 2009 by the Human Rights Campaign and gave this speech in Minnesota: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTuxWpJDEt0&t=304s Bierdz is president and co-founded www.AmericanArtAwards.com in 2008. Every year the online fine art site honors the best 25 American galleries or museums, which in turn award breakthrough artists in 40 countries. Also a painter, in 2005 he won the Out Magazine Best Emerging Artist of Los Angeles and in 2006, for raising a great deal of money for charities through his paintings, was awarded the Key to the Light Award from The Thalians. The art world embraced Bierdz when Scarlett Johansson hosted his Soicher-Marin gallery show. "On par with Picasso, Van Gogh, Matisse and Warhol," HIGHLIGHT HOLLYWOOD, Tommy Lightfoot Garrett. "The Next Warhol," IN MAGAZINE. "Recognized as the city's premier emerging artist." OUT MAGAZINE, Joe Landry. "Bierdz is able to paint on that instinctual level." GENRE MAGAZINE, Mitch Rustad. "Bierdz is now one of Los Angeles' most successful and in-demand artists." EXPRESS NEWS, David Alexander Nahmod. "Scarlett Johannson launches him amid the A-list celebrity art-collecting scene." THE ADVOCATE, Anne Stockwell. "A spectacular launching of a new talent in the art world." METRO G, Joe Flazh.