Casey Jon Deidrick (born April 25, 1987) is an American actor and heavy metal/rock singer. Deidrick is best known for originating the role of Chad DiMera on the NBC soap opera Days of Our Lives.
Personal life Edit
Deidrick was born in Santa Clara, California to parents Barry Jon Deidrick, an electrician, and Denise Deck, a nurse. At the age of 3 years old, his parents divorced. When Deidrick was 7 years old, his mother relocated moved to Arizona and Deidrick resided with his father in Hollister, California. He later took up skateboarding. After his freshman year in high school, Deidrick moved to Highlands Ranch, Colorado with his mother. Deidrick continued skateboarding and was eventually sponsored. In 2004, Deidrick competed in the Vans World Amateur Competition. He was also featured in a photo-spread for Transworld Skateboarding. Deidrick was commonly injured during his skateboarding career. However, one accident left him with a severe concussion; and Deidrick decided to give up skateboarding to focus on acting. Deidrick has four younger half-siblings; Amy and Jake from his father and stepmother, and two half-sisters, Micayla and Nikole from his mother and stepfather. Deidrick attend Metropolitan State College in Denver for a year where he majored in theatre and psychology. In 2012, Deidrick adopted a Siberian husky dog which he named Nanuk. Deidrick is also the Unclean Vocalist in the heavy metal band called And Still I Rise.
Deidrick had his first experience as an actor in high school when he and a friend auditioned for the school's production of Carousel with a rock song. Deidrick attended the AMTC (Actors, Models & Talent Competition) Convention in Orlando, Florida where he met his agent. Deidrick made the decision to go into acting at the age of 15 when he saw The Lord of the Rings for the first time. At the age of 19, Deidrick relocated to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. He found a manager and enrolled in acting classes. Deidrick supported himself working as a waiter and eventually booked guest spots on Wizards of Waverly Place and 90210 before booking Days. In February 2012, Deidrick made a guest appearance on the ABC prime time series, Body of Proof. In April 2013, Deidrick made guest appearances on Glee and NBC's own, Revolution. On June 20, 2013, Deidrick announced his departure from Days of our Lives on his Twitter account. Deidrick last appeared on Days on October 30, 2013.
In September 2014, Deidrick was cast in MTV's thriller series Eye Candy. He played the main role of Tommy, a detective, who worked with Lindy (Victoria Justice). The series is about a genius who realizes that her online suitor is a dangerous cyber stalker. The show was cancelled after one season.