Clay Chappell, formerly of Swainsboro, will speak on Thursday, March 26 at 11AM in the Luck Flanders Gambrell Auditorium on campus at East Georgia State College. Chappell, one of four sons of the late Henry and Mary Ruth McMillan Chappell, now resides in Bogart, GA. with his wife, Morgan, and their two children. He has recently appeared in the movie, Selma, in a pivotal scene with Oprah Winfrey.
According to an Athens Banner-Herald article from February, 2012, Clay credits his older brother for inspiring him to act. He strove to follow in his footsteps through their high school’s one-act plays. Although those endeavors were met with much success, Clay credits Carole Youmans of Swainsboro with sparking his interest. Labeling 8-year-old Clay a “natural born actor” following his performance in the church play, Mrs. Youmans hadn’t a clue her kind words would fuel a dream.
Click here for a reprint from PR NewsWire regarding Chappell and his role in Selma:
The public is invited and welcome to this special event. There is no charge. According to Chappell, he hopes there will be a lot of questions as he loves to talk about the business. His goal for the presentation is to entertain, inform and inspire. “I'm planning to talk about my experiences in acting from the beginning and about all the opportunities that are out there now in Georgia.”