Jerry Douglas of The Young and the Restless has passed away at age 88… actor appeared on nearly 900 episodes of soap operas
- The Boston-born actor played the role of John Abbott on the show from 1981 to 2006
- He played the head of the Jabot Cosmetics company in the show
- Douglas had appeared on other TV shows including Gunsmoke, Bonanza and Barnaby Jones
- He had appeared in films including JFK, Mommie Dearest and Silent But Deadly
The Young and the Restless mainstay Jerry Douglas passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88 after a short illness.
TMZ was the 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 to 2006, when the character was murdered. He appeared sporadically on the show as the ghost of his character, until his last in 2016.
The latest: The Young and the Restless mainstay Jerry Douglas passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88 after a short illness. He was caught in March 2013 in LA
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 in multiple high-profile TV shows over the years, including The Donna Reed Show, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The FBI, The Incredible Hulk, Barnaby Jones, Melrose Place, and Cold Case.
He has appeared in Good Guys Wear Black, The Back-up Bride, JFK, Mommie Dearest and Silent But Deadly, among others.
Douglas, who would have turned 89 Friday, got together with friends for an early birthday in October, Soaps reported.
The Boston-born actor played the role of John Abbott on the show from 1981 to 2006, when the character was murdered
Douglas and his wife Kym were caught at an event in LA in April 2013
His The Young and the Restless costar Lauralee Bell shared an image of the gathering on her Instagram page last month, attended by such costars as Peter Bergman, Eileen Davidson, Beth Maitland, Tracey E. Bregman.
“Feel so lucky to be included in this incredibly special birthday luncheon for Jerry Douglas!” said Bel. ‘Thank you so much @peterbergmanyr and @eileendavidsonofficial! I will always cherish this afternoon,” she wrote.
The Young And The Restless executive producer Anthony Morina said in a statement, according to Deadline: “On behalf of the entire company of The Young and the Restless, we extend our sincere condolences to the Douglas family on the passing of Jerry Douglas.
Jerry came to Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume. Our show was lucky enough to have an actor of his caliber join the Y&R cast and introduce the audience to the iconic Abbott family.
Morina added: “His contribution to Y&R’s legacy as Patriarch of the Abbott family, John Abbott, is felt to this day. He will be sorely missed.’
Born Gerald Rubenstein, Douglas leaves wife Kym Douglas, sons Jod and Hunter, and daughter Avra.
Douglas and his wife were seen at the Daytime Emmys in June 2013
Douglas, who would have turned 89 Friday, gathered with friends for an early birthday party in October