Jerry Douglas, Patriarch John Abbott in ‘Young & the Restless’, died at the age of 88

He was 88.

Douglas was loved on the soap as chairman of Jabot Cosmetics, a role he began in 1982.

John Abbott, along with his children Jack, Traci, Ashley and Billy, formed one of the most famous families on the CBS day drama.

John Abbott was killed by the show in 2006; Douglas continued to appear on a regular basis as the character’s ghost.

He last appeared on the soap in 2016.

The series paid tribute to Douglas on social media.

“Please help send our condolences to the family to Jerry Douglas, known for his longtime role as the iconic John Abbott on The Young and the Restless,” a tweet on the daytime drama’s confirmed Twitter account. “He will be greatly missed by the Y&R family.”

Last month, some of his former co-stars celebrated his upcoming 89th birthday, and actress Lauralee Bell shared a photo of the celebration on her verified Instagram account.

“Feel so lucky to have been included in this incredibly special birthday lunch for Jerry Douglas!”, Bell wrote in the caption. “Thank you @peterbergmanyr and @eileendavidsonofficial so much! I will always appreciate this afternoon.”

After the death was announced, Bell was one of the many who paid tribute to Douglas.

“I was so lucky to know Jerry since I was young,” she wrote on Instagram. “At times he felt like a father figure (maybe because we all wanted John Abbott as our father), and sometimes he reminded me of my father, but more often with all the events we’ve had, filled with laughter, he was the best man and the sweetest friend and I will miss him so much! “

Douglas was born in Massachusetts, and his ability to play football earned him a scholarship to Brandeis University.

He gave up his plan to complete law school to pursue acting and studied with Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles.

His first credited role on IMDB.com was as a gangster in the 1961 film “Blast of Silence”.

Douglas went on to appear in several television shows and films such as “The Untouchables,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Gunsmoke,” “Mommie Dearest” and “JFK.”

But it was “The Young and the Restless” that made him famous.

“On behalf of the entire company The Young and the Restless, we send our deepest condolences to the Douglas family on the passing of Jerry Douglass,” Anthony Morina, executive producer of “The Young and the Restless,” told Deadline in a statement. .

“Jerry joined Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits,” Morina added. “Our show was fortunate 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 the Abbott family’s patriarch, John Abbott, is still felt to this day. “He will be sorely missed.”

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