Neil Hargrove lived in California, married a woman, and had a son named Billy. However, Neil was extremely abusive to his wife and his son. He would abuse Billy for loving to surf and his wife allowing Billy to surf.
When his wife finally had enough of Neil’s abuse, she left both Neil and Billy, leaving Billy to be raised by his abusive father after he presumably won custody over the latter.
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Neil Hargrove Story
Working as a security guard at a bank, Neil came to know the teller Susan, who he would grow to be attracted to. At some point, he finally proposed to her, which led him and his son Billy to move in with Susan and her daughter Max.
Neil’s changes brought out a lot of resistance and anger in his stepdaughter, especially when he insisted upon calling her ‘Maxine’. Neil and Susan’s decision to move to Hawkins, Indiana finally pushed Max to make a run for it.
Eventually, however, the police caught Max as she was trying to leave on a bus station, and the family of four eventually moved to Hawkins as planned.
When returning home, Neil and Susan found out that Max wasn’t home as her bedroom window was left open. Confronting Billy, Neil was shocked and angry that Billy had no idea where Max is.
Neil reminded Billy was supposed to watch Max and Billy apologized as he prepared to go out on a date.
When Neil calls Billy a “faggot,” Billy loses his temper and says Max is not his sister. Neil then slams Billy into the wall and reminds him they’ve talked about respect and responsibility.
Neil forces Billy to apologize to Susan which he does. Susan tries to assure Neil that it’s okay, but Neil disagrees, saying Billy’s behavior is not okay and that he’ll make for it.
Neil orders Billy to cancel his date and go find Max while demanding Billy to reply “yes, sir.” Once Billy says that Neil again orders him to find Max and leaves the room with Susan.
Neil is shown to have violent tendencies and is abusive towards his son, Billy.
When he found out that Billy has been ignorant of Max sneaking out of the house, he attacks and threatens him, ruining his plans for a date.
Like Billy, he is possibly bigoted and homophobic, calling his own son a “faggot” simply for admiring himself in the mirror.
He also is noticed to misidentify women as helpless and dependent, such as speaking for his wife Susan after Billy isn’t nice to her, and laughs at his son for a little girl (Max) speaking up to him when Billy is being abused.
He has also been offending to women, calling them words like “whore” and “bitch” when not happy.
Who plays the character of Neil Hargrove?
Will Chase plays the role of Neil Hargrove who is the father of Billy.
September 12, 1970
Stephanie Gibson (m. 2009–2012), Lori Chase (m. 1998–2008)
Daisy Chase, Gracie Chase
Will Chase was born on September 12, 1970, in Frankfort, Kentucky. He is an American actor and singer. Will is best known for his work in Broadway musicals and in his role as country superstar Luke Wheeler on ABC’s Nashville.
He is the youngest of three boys. He graduated from Western Hills High School and the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where he studied conducting with Robert Spano and majored in percussion.