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Chad started his career as an actor from an early age in 1981 and guest-starred on several prime time series including an early episode of Airwolf for which he was nominated as ‘Best Young Actor: Guest in a Series’ at the 6th Youth in Film Awards and St. Elsewhere, in which he played autistic child Tommy Westphall (1983–88)., Allen’s first regular role was as David Witherspoon on Our House (1986–88). In 1989-90, he had a recurring role as Zach in My Two Dads. Allen’s next contract role was Matthew Cooper in Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman alongside Jane Seymour (1993–98), which made him famous with a wider audience.
In 1996, at age 21, Allen was outed as gay when the US tabloid The Globe published photos of him kissing another man in a hot tub at a party. Chad has since become an activist for the LGBT community in addition to his continuing acting and producing career. In May 2009, Chad received a GLAAD Media Award: the Davidson/Valentini Award.
Unfortunately for his fans Chad announced in April 2015 in a video his retirement from acting, saying that he plans to become a clinical psychologist. “It’s been an exciting journey…working on the shows that I got to work on over the years. I am incredibly grateful today, I have been and always will be,” adding “My life has taken me on a very different trajectory and after 30-plus years as an actor, I made a decision a couple of years ago to begin letting that side of my life go and I’ve been focusing on my education.”