Noted for being the first openly gay actor on daytime television, Thom Bierdz is best known for portraying Phillip Chancellor III on The Young and the Restless. In 1989, shortly after he left the show to pursue film roles, his youngest brother Troy, a paranoid schizophrenic, beat their mother to death with a baseball bat. Bierdz recounts that experience and his own journey to forgiveness in a memoir entitled Forgiving Troy he penned about 20 years after the tragedy.
For several years, Bierdz has become a successful artist. He has captured landscapes, animals, portraits, his beloved dog Deen and more in vibrant, beautiful colors and is commissioned to paint past or current pets, couples and wedding pictures from people around the globe.
“Jeanne is the consummate performer. Here’s why I am so in awe of her. Not only has she been a breadwinner and supporter of her family for years and years