Iconic actor for more than 30 years of the indebted soap “The Young and the Restless” in which he played a patriarch and cosmetics magnate, Jerry Douglas died on November 9 at the age of 88.
According to Variety who reports the information, the actor Jerry Douglas, interpreter of the famous patriarch John Abbott in the soap The Young and the Restless, died on November 9 after a brief illness, at the age of 88 years.
“The Y&R family will be sadly missed” (Young and Restless, the original title of the series), wrote on Twitter the official account of the series, which sends its condolences to the family of the actor.
“Our program was fortunate to have an actor of his caliber join the cast and introduce audiences to the iconic Abbott family. His contribution to Y & R’s legacy as Abbott family patriarch, John Abbott, is still felt to this day ” said Anthony Morina, one of the producers of Flames of love in a press release.
Born in 1932 in Massachusetts, Jerry Douglas began his career in the 1960s, notably playing in the very popular The Donna Reed Show and the TV series The Untouchables. Credited on 70 roles for small and big screen, we have seen him in major series of the 1960s / 1970s such as Mannix, The Iron Man, Mission Impossible, The Streets of San Francisco, but also in cinema, as in Oliver Stone’s JFK.
But Jerry Douglas goes down in history for having played for more than thirty years, from 1982 to 2016, the character of the cosmetics mogul John Abbott in the soap The Young and the Restless, broadcast on TF1 in France. Even if his character ended up disappearing in 2006, the production did not hesitate to bring him back in the form of a flashback, or even outright in the form of a ghost, until 2016. This is to say the popularity of his character in this indestructible cult soap broadcast on the CBS channel since 1973. In 2020, moreover, the channel celebrated the 20,000th episode!