The Young and the Restless mainstay Jerry Douglas died on Tuesday at the age of 88 after a brief illness.
TMZ was first to report the actor’s death, citing his family. The Chelsea, Massachusetts-born actor played the role of John Abbott on the show from 1982 thru 2006, when the character was killed off. He made sporadic appearances on the show as his character’s ghost, until his last in 2016.
Douglas was the third performer to play the role of Abbott, the head of the Jabot Cosmetics company on the show. The accomplished actor had appeared on multiple high-profile TV shows over the years, including The Donna Reed Show, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The F.B.I., The Incredible Hulk, Barnaby Jones, Melrose Place and Cold Case.
Among the movies he was seen in included Good Guys Wear Black, The Back-up Bride, JFK, Mommie Dearest and Silent But Deadly. Douglas, who would have turned 89 on Friday, gathered with friends for an early birthday celebration in October, Soaps reported.
His The Young and the Restless costar Lauralee Bell shared an image of the gathering on her Instagram page last month, which was attended by costars including Peter Bergman, Eileen Davidson, Beth Maitland, Tracey E. Bregman.
‘Feel so lucky to have been included in this unbelievably special birthday lunch for Jerry Douglas!’ Bell said. ‘Thank you @peterbergmanyr and @eileendavidsonofficial so much! I will cherish this afternoon always.’
The Young And The Restless exec producer Anthony Morina said in a statement, according to Deadline, ‘On behalf of the entire company of The Young and the Restless, we send our deepest sympathies to the Douglas family on the passing of Jerry Douglas.
‘Jerry came to Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits. Our show was lucky to have an actor of his caliber join the Y&R cast and introduce the audience to the iconic Abbott family.
‘His contribution to the legacy of Y&R as Abbott family patriarch, John Abbott is still felt to this day. He will be sorely missed.’
Douglas, who was born Gerald Rubenstein, is survived by wife Kym Douglas, sons Jod and Hunter, and daughter Avra.
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