‘Young and the Restless’ star Jerry Douglas dead at 88

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Young and the Restless Star , Jerry Douglas , Dies at 88.Variety reports that, on November 9, actor Jerry Douglas died in Los Angeles following a brief illness. .The actor, best known as John Abbott on "The Young and the Restless," was 88 years old. .Douglas played Abbott on the long-running soap opera for over 30 years, from 1982 to 2006. .Our show was lucky to have an actor of his caliber join the 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, Anthony Morina, “Y&R” executive producer. .Douglas was born on November 12, 1932, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. .Over the course of his long career, he appeared in dozens of TV guest spots and supporting roles in films. .His first roles came as TV guest appearances in the early 1960s on shows like “The Untouchables” and “The Donna Reed Show.”.His first roles came as TV guest appearances in the early 1960s on shows like “The Untouchables” and “The Donna Reed Show.”.Some of his later roles came in Oliver Stone's JFK and Ron Howard's Arrested Development. .Some of his later roles came in Oliver Stone's JFK and Ron Howard's Arrested Development. .He also acted on stage and, in 2005, he recorded a pop album titled “The Best is Yet to Come.”.Douglas is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kym Douglas, their three children and two grandchildren.Douglas is survived by his wife of 36 years, Kym Douglas

Veteran actor played the handsome family patriarch John Abbott for more than 30 years

Jerry Douglas, who played the handsome family patriarch John Abbott on “The Young and the Restless” for more than 30 years, has died.

Douglas died Tuesday after a brief illness, just three days before his 89th birthday, according to a family spokesman.

“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."

- Anthony Morina, executive producer of “The Young and the Restless”

He last appeared on the CBS daytime soap opera in 2016.

“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,” Anthony Morina, executive producer of “The Young and the Restless,” said in a statement.

"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.”

Born Jerry Rubenstein, he was a Chelsea, Massachusetts, native who attended Brandeis University on a football scholarship but decided upon an acting career after graduation. His hundreds of credits include the films “JFK” and “Mommie Dearest” and the TV series “Melrose Place” and “Barnaby Jones.”

He was best known for “The Young and the Restless,” which he joined in 1982 as the chairman of Jabot Cosmetics and a single father. The Abbott character died in 2006, but Douglas continued to make special appearances on the show as his ghost, most recently in 2016.

Douglas is survived by his second wife, actor Kymberly Bankier, his three children and two grandchildren.