Adam “JR” Chandler, jr. was the result of an affair between
Adam Chandler and his nanny, Dixie Cooney. Adam had to marry Dixie to
retain custody of his son. He then plotted to make it appear as if Dixie
was going insane so as to gain full custody. But Tad Martin revealed Adam’s
gaslighting attempts. Tad rescued Dixie from Laurel Hill sanitarium. After
they married, Junior split his time between Adam's mansion and Tad and
1990: Skye Chandler was framed for Junior's kidnapping.
The real culprit turned out to be Cindy Chandler’s sister, Karen
Junior befriended Brian Bodine. Brian had become like a big brother to
him while he grieved the loss of his stepfather, Tad. Dixie and Brian
began seeing each other. Brian married Dixie when Adam sued again for
sole custody. At that year’s Christmas Pageant, Junior was to sing
the solo, “O, Little Town of Bethlehem.” Junior refused to
sing until Dixie arrived. Adam realized it was unfair to deprive Junior
of his mother.
Junior’s life was turned around when Tad was revealed to be alive.
Unfortunately, he was suffering from amnesia.
1994: Junior served as ring bearer at Tad and Dixie’s
second wedding at Cortlandt Manor. Junior moved in with the new couple
and his new baby brother, Jamie Martin.
Tad took Junior and Jamie on a camping trip. Jamie got a little too excited,
and jumped into the lake on his own. Jamie went too deep into the lake
and struggled to swim. Out of nowhere, Janet Green arrived and saved him.
At the hospital, Junior revealed to everyone that Janet was back in town.
Unknown to Tad, Junior saw him kissing his new boss, Liza Colby.
1996: Junior admitted to Dixie that he had caught Liza
and Tad in a kiss. When Dixie learned of Tad’s infidelity, she left
him. Broken by Tad’s betrayal, Dixie and Junior moved to Pigeon’s
Junior, now going by JR, was living in Pigeon Hallow when Dixie was served
with Adam’s petition for temporary custody. There was a madman named
Lee Hawkins on the loose who was hurting all the Chandlers. Lee had thought
that Adam had killed his wife, Joy Hawkins. In reality, Adam and Stuart
helped Joy escape an abusive Lee. Dixie refused to let JR go back to Pine
Valley alone. Instead, they moved into Chandler Mansion together.
Lee tooke JR hostage. Hayley Vaughan tried to rescue her brother, but
was abducted too. Hayley helped JR stay calm through the ordeal. After
being rescued, JR wanted to stay in Pine Valley to get to know his family
1999: JR discovered a tape Dixie had made for him. Dixie
thought she was dying of chronic heart condition and made the tape as
living will. When JR found out, he turned to Tad for comfort. Adam became
jealous of Tad’s constant presence in JR’s life. He attempted
to ship JR off to boarding school. But Dixie would have no part in Adam’s
plan. JR ranaway from home. While hiding in the Wildwin mosoleum, he was
haunted by visions of Tad's abusive father, Ray Gardner.
When Tad found out the truth about Dixie’s condition, he confronted
her about their failed reconciliation in New York a year prior. Dixie
missed their meeting after being admitted to the hospital. Dixie admitted
her love for Tad. Soon, Tad and Dixie remarried. JR and Junior rekindled
their brotherly bond.
Tad and Liza took over Chandler Industries after Adam was committed to
Oak Haven. JR was torn between his loyalty for Tad and his father. Dixie
took notice and begged Tad to stop his quest for revenge.
JR faced loosing his father after Adam was injured at the ColMar Towers
building site. JR professed his love for his father. He begged Adam to
hold on. Adam recovered after seeing his estranged brother Stuart again.
JR blamed Dr. David Hayward for the recent breakup of Tad and Dixie’s
marriage. He had enlisted Leslie Coulson to seduce a drugged Tad on the
Fidelity yacht. JR turned to drugs for an escape. Adam discovered JR’s
addiction but kept it from Dixie. JR accidentally left some drugs in Jamie’s
backpack. Tad and Dixie almost took them thinking they were candy. JR
admitted to buying ecstasy, and even stealing drugs from David’s
David blackmailed Adam by threatening to turn him into authorities if
Adam did not pull his strings to exonerate him on drug possession charges.
JR did not know that he had become engrossed in the Proteus drug ring.
When his provider Sweeney was found dead, Tad was one of the main suspects.
He took the fall thinking JR had committed the crime.
JR slept with Frankie Stone while high on marijuana. Frankie’s girlfriend,
JR’s longtime friend Bianca Montgomery, caught them together. The
next day, Frankie was dead. The police questioned JR about the night,
but he was so high he could not remember the details.
Dixie slipped out of town quietly to tend to her secret pregnancy. She
arranged for JR to take residence at Chandler Mansion. Liza was not thrilled
to have a former addict in her home so close to baby Colby Chandler. Liza
began acting out and alleged that JR was taking drugs in the mansion.
Her erratic behavior was explained by a brain tumor she did not know she
Devastating news came from Switzerland. Dixie was dead. She drove off
a cliff in the Swiss Alps. Adam broke the news to JR as Tad had already
left to see her. They had a memorial service for Dixie and JR’s
unborn sister, Kate Martin. JR sunk into a deep depression. Since Tad
was in the same condition, JR did not know whom he could turn to for help.
JR began dating Laurie Lewis. Laurie’s father was disapproving of
the relationship as he was fired from Chandler Industries the year before.
JR decided it was best if Adam did not know if they were dating either.
Instead, he confided his feelings in Kendall Hart. Though JR and Kendall
shared a mild flirtation, JR did not love Kendall like he did Laurie.
JR and Laurie’s relationship hit a snag when he learned Adam had
offered her a full ride to Harvard if she left him alone. Laurie revealed
she was thinking about the offer. JR broke up with Laurie, though he still
pined for her. Joni Stafford revealed that Laurie had turned to Jamie
in the interim. She had caught them in a kiss. Betrayed by everyone he
loved, JR ran away from Pine Valley.
JR spent the summer in San Diego on a Cargo ship. There, he met a beautiful
waitress named Babe Carey. JR was sure he was in love, and the couple
eloped. Babe was surprised to learn that JR was not just a shipman, but
also a millionaire heir. JR wanted to introduce his wife to his family
back in Pine Valley, and arranged a surprise homecoming.
The next few months turned out to be a trying time for the couple. Adam
and Tad each launched their own investigations into Babe’s past.
Babe admitted that she had slept with Jamie in a moment of weakness the
first night she was in Pine Valley. Now, she was pregnant. She assured
JR that she had used protection with his brother. As the couple anxiously
awaited a paternity test, JR and Jamie’s relationship became strained.
JR was relieved to learn that Babe was carrying his child. But, the damage
to his relationship with Jamie was done. JR threw himself into his work
as the newest executive at Chandler Industries.
Babe gave birth while stranded in the middle of a storm. She had helped
Bianca Montgomery give birth too. Only, Bianca would loose her child in
a helicopter crash on the way to the hospital. JR named his daughter Elizabeth
“Bess” Chandler after the sister he lost when Dixie miscarried.
JR learned that Babe was still married to Paul Cramer. He began to resent
her just like his father did. He put into motion a plan to prove that
Babe was a bad mother. This was only after he agreed to remarry her officially
so as to secure custody of Bess.
JR went too far when he slipped Babe drugs that caused her to almost overdose.
He planted the drugs on Jamie. Jamie went undercover to implicate JR.
Seth, JR’s druggie, stabbed Jamie in the chest when he learned that
he was a snitch. JR blamed Babe for getting Jamie hurt.
Babe would disappear from town. All she left was a note. In the note was
startling news: Bess was not JR’s baby. In reality, Bess was Bianca’s
daughter, Miranda Montgomery. It was their daughter who died in the helicopter
crash. JR did his best to keep the truth from Bianca. When Bianca did
find out, she wanted Miranda back. In a struggle over the baby, Bianca
fell over a landing. She lay near death in a coma.
Adam betrayed JR by acquiescing to Erica Kane’s request for a DNA
test. Erica needed Miranda to give Bianca the will to live. When Tad and
Adam took Miranda from his arms, JR disowned both of his fathers.
JR discovered his son was alive. Babe and Jamie had found him in Llanview,
and were now on the run. JR tracked them down to New Orleans. He finally
came face to face with the son he thought he lost. The authorities took
Jamie and Babe into custody. After a battle with Babe and the child’s
adoptive father Kevin Buchanan, JR won full custody of his son. Babe got
limited supervised visits. He would rename the boy Adam Chandler, III.
JR wanted to free Jamie of Babe’s influence. He received help from
the late Phoebe Wallingford who dictated in her will that Jamie was only
to inherit the English estate if he left Babe. JR was the executor of
the will. He also enlisted the help of his old friend, Amanda Dillon.
Babe knew Jamie deserved a better future, to become the doctor he always
wanted to be; so, she arranged for Jamie to catch her in bed with Josh
was drawn to Little Adam’s new nanny, Di Kirby. There was an heir
of familiarity about her. Tad had his own suspicions. Di claimed to be
his mother, back from the dead. JR did not believe Di at first, but a
DNA test would corroborate her claim. Di’s presence was enough to
soften JR again. He made strides to rekindle his relationship with Tad
and Jamie. JR even began to soften towards Babe.
That all changed when Di was revealed to be an imposter. She was actually
Dixie’s sister. JR lashed out at everyone he loved again. His alcoholism
worsened. He was going to run away with Little Adam. Plans changed after
he ran over Amanda after a drunken stupor. Knowing JR would surely be
sent to prison for another offense involving a controlled substance, Babe
took the fall for JR.
Someone kidnapped Little Adam around Christmas time. At first JR accused
Babe of being the culprit. When they were reunited with their son, JR
offered Babe more visitations. He began to see the woman he had fallen
in love with again.
JR and Babe were on the way to reconciliation when she and Little Adam
went missing. JR automatically jumped to the conclusion that Babe had
gone on the run with his son. In reality, Janet had kidnapped them. When
JR was reunited with his son, he realized he deserved to be in a happy
family. JR proposed to Babe again. They remarried in the Chandler garden.
Unbeknownst to him, Dixie had witnessed the entire event. Janet had claimed
Dixie was alive, but JR brushed it off as a psychotic delusion. JR felt
rejected after Dixie admitted she had purposefully stayed away. JR’s
drinking problem resurfaced. He got it into his head that Babe was going
to run away with Little Adam again. So, he laid a trap for her at FUSION.
Only, Kendall stepped in the way. JR pushed a scaffold down on his pregnant
Babe began to distance herself from her husband. Colby revealed that Babe
had slept with Josh. JR was infuriated. In a drunken rage, JR threw himself
out a fourth story window, leaving him paralyzed.
Dixie wanted to repair her relationship with her son. She moved into Chandler
Mansion to spend more time with him.
Tragedy struck JR’s life when Dixie was murdered by the Satin Slayer.
JR lashed out against everyone, especially Babe. In her dying breath,
Dixie told JR that Krystal’s baby was Tad’s and not his father’s.
He threatened to tell Adam if Babe did not sign over custody of Little
Adam to him But before the deal came through, Babe too fell victim of
the Satin Slayer.
Devastated, JR realized he was very much still in love with Babe. Luckily,
her death was a ruse concocted by Josh to protect her from the murder
spree. Babe asked JR for a divorce so that she could have time alone to
think about her life. They shared custody of Little Adam. JR remained
protective of Babe, especially after she began seeing Richie Novak, Ryan’s
Krystal finally admitted the truth about the baby to Adam. When he found
out JR had known the truth, he disowned him. JR wanted to hurt Adam for
JR hired goons to kidnap him and Amanda on their romantic getaway to New
York. But things got out of hand when the goons turned on him. Adam showed
up with the $10 million ransom. JR realized his father still loved him,
but at a great cost: Adam had sold Chandler Industries and the Mansion
to Zach Slater to get enough money to pay the ransom. JR struggled to
admit what he had done.
JR owed Amanda the ransom money for going along with his plot. He needed
a new business venture and surprisingly turned to Zach for capital. Zach
agreed to help JR if he drove Greenlee duPres out of town. JR told Greenlee
he had access to the embryos she thought had been lost in the blackout
of 2005. They were her only hope for having children. But when Greenlee
still refused to leave, Zach pulled his investment. JR fell off the wagon
and blacked out the night.
When JR woke up, he was wanted for Zach’s disappearence. Zach’s
blood was found on his car bumper. Richie was the real culprit; he had
stolen JR’s car the night before. Amanda had been with JR the whole
time. Looking to finally cash in, she sold the evidence of JR’s
innocence to Adam who held onto it as long as he could.
JR was a perfect bone marrow match for Richie, who had been diagnosed
with leukemia. After JR refused to help him, Richie drugged JR and had
an unsanctioned surgery to save his ownlife. Richie made it appear as
if JR had fallen off the wagon again. JR surprisingly found support in
Babe caught Richie with a prostitute who had supposedly slept with JR
the night of his bender. After gaining her trust, Babe was able to get
the real story on Richie. Richie was sent to prison while waiting for
his trial. After he was released on bail, Richie tried to kidnap Babe
again. Richie turned up dead, with JR among the suspects in his murder.
JR and Babe grew closer as a result of the ordeal. JR admitted he never
stopped loving Babe. They decided they needed a fresh start, and planned
to marry in San Diego, the city where they first met and fell in love.
wanted his son back in Pine Valley and arranged for the couple to be subpoenaed
in the FUSION class action suite. That night, a tornado crashed through
Pine Valley. Babe was crushed under the Comback’s roof while trying
to protect Little Adam. At the hospital Chapel, JR and Babe said their
wedding vows one last time before she died in his arms. JR lashed out
against Adam, and made plans to move back to San Diego. It was Little
Adam’s longing to be around familiar faces that kept JR in town.
JR also found support in Amanda, Babe's closest friend.
The same night Babe died, David came back to town. He blamed the Chandler’s
for Babe’s death. He was going to suite for custody of Little Adam
based on JR’s erratic behavior and alcoholism.