Monday, May 27, 2024

RIP Beloved Actor Jerry Douglas, 89, Played John Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” for 30 Years


Beloved actor Jerry Douglas has died at age 89.

Douglas played the patriarch of the Abbott family, John Abbott, on “The Young and the Restless” for 30 years. He was so popular that even after a bad team of writers thought he was too old and killed him off, Douglas was brought back over and over as a ghost, or a dream character.

Douglas started working in Hollywood on TV in 1961, and soon amassed a huge resume in the two decades leading up to his role on “Y&R.” He appeared on dozens of series, often multiple times, from “Mannix” to “Mission Impossible” to “Barnaby Jones” and so on.

But was in 1981 when “Y&R” creator Bill Bell remade the nearly ten year old soap, that Douglas found his niche. As the head of the Abbott family, he was the only character on the show with principles, a conscience, and tried to remain above the fray as everyone around him was involved in subterfuge, adultery, and other soap related chicanery. He was the moral center of the very immoral Genoa City. His run finally came to an end in 2016.

Condolences to his family and friends.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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