Vale: Jerry Douglas
Veteran US actor best known for The Young and the Restless for over 30 years, has died.
Veteran US actor Jerry Douglas best known for The Young and the Restless for over 30 years has died, aged 88.
He died on November 9 after a brief illness, his family announced.
Douglas joined The Young and the Restless in 1982 as John Abbott, patriarch of the Abbott family and wealthy chairman of Jabot Cosmetics. He remained until the character’s death in 2006 but later reappeared as the character’s ghost, who continued to counsel his children until 2016.
“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,” said Anthony Morina, executive producer of The Young and the Restless.
“Jerry came to Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits,” added Morina. “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.”
Over his career he appeared in more than one 100 productions including Cold Case, Melrose Place, The Christmas Wish, Crash and Arrested Development, The Rockford Files, Police Story, Hunter, The Streets of San Francisco, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Police Woman, The Rookies and Mission: Impossible among others.
Film credits included Oliver Stone’s JFK, Avalanche, The Godson, Head Over Spurs in Love and Mommie Dearest.