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Who was Jerry Douglas?

Jerry Douglas (November 12, 1932 – November 9, 2021) was an American television and film actor. For 25 years Douglas reigned as patriarch John Abbott in the fictional Genoa City on the daytime television serial The Young and the Restless. In 2006, his character was killed off, but his character later made special appearances.

Jerry Douglas, Star of ‘The Young and the Restless’, Dies At 88

Jerry Douglas, Star of ‘The Young and the Restless’, Dies At 88
Jerry Douglas, Star of ‘The Young and the Restless’, Dies At 88

Veteran actor Jerry Douglas, best known as patriarch John Abbott on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, passed away on November 9 after a brief illness. He was 88.

Born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on November 12, 1932, Douglas started his career in show business after graduating from college, studying with Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles. In addition to acting, Douglas also worked as a screenwriter and playwright, developing projects alongside Josh O’Connell through their production company, O’Connell/Douglas Productions.

His early credits include appearances in many classic series such as The Rockford Files, Police Story, Hunter, The Streets of San Francisco, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Police Woman, The Rookies, Mission Impossible, among many more.

Douglas joined The Young and the Restless in 1982 as John Abbott, the wealthy chairman of Jabot Cosmetics and patriarch of the Abbott family. When he first joined the series, he was a single father helping his children, Jack, Ashley, and Traci, navigate adulthood. In later years, his character married Jill Foster, had another son, Billy, and was involved in many romantic entanglements with his estranged ex-wife, Dina Mergeron.

Abbot was killed off in 2006 but made later appearances in the show as a ghost, who continued to watch over and guide his children. His last appearance on the long-running soap was in 2016.

Jerry Douglas Biography, Wiki

Jerry Douglas is a famous Soap Opera Actor, who was born on November 12, 1932, in the United States. Known best for his role as John Abbott on the popular CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, Douglas also appeared in episodes of The Feather and Father Gang and Mission: Impossible. According to Astrologers, Jerry Douglas’s zodiac sign is Scorpio.

Before ending in divorce, his marriage to actress Arlene Martel produced children named Jod and Avra. His second marriage, to Kym Douglas, resulted in a third child, Hunter.

Jerry Douglas Biography Wikipedia
Jerry Douglas
Full NameGerald Rubenstein
BornNovember 12, 1932
Chelsea, Massachusetts, U.S.
DiedNovember 9, 2021 (aged 88)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
OccupationActor
Spouse(s)Arlene Martel​​(m. 1962; div. 1973)​
Kymberly Bankier ​(m. 1985)​
Children3

Jerry Douglas Career

Settling in the San Fernando Valley, Douglas sold insurance by day and took acting classes at night. Although he still struggled, he received encouragement after appearing in the play, John Brown’s Body. A critic said he was terrific, which inspired him to hire an agent.

For several years, Douglas appeared on TV shows like Mission: Impossible, often playing the villain. At the same time, his wife decided to move herself and their children—including son Jodaman Douglas (aka the L.A. Times journalist, Jod Kaftan)—up to Carmel.

In an attempt to save his marriage to Arlene, Douglas quit acting and followed her. Despite this, the couple eventually divorced and Douglas returned to Los Angeles to continue his career.

Soon after, he found himself embroiled in a custody battle for his son Jod, which he won.

Today, Douglas is remarried, to Kymberly Bankier, whom he met at a Muscular Dystrophy Association event. Although she is over 26 years younger than he, they’ve been married since April 6, 1985 and have a young son, Hunter, together.

In March 2006, after 25 years on the show, Douglas departed The Young and The Restless in a storyline-dictated exit revolving around his character’s involvement in the Tom Fisher murder case. Jerry Douglas claims that much reviled former headwriter of The Young and The Restless, Lynn Marie Latham, killed his character because she could not understand why a man would run a cosmetics company. 

To viewers’ surprise, he continued to recur on the show for the next few months and was put back on contract with the show in June to play his now deceased character’s ghost. He left the show for good on August 18, but continues to make appearances once in a while. In March 2008 he began appearing as a new character Alistair Wallingford, a drunken hack actor involved in a gaslighting plot, but was written out a few months later.

In 2007, Douglas released a CD, The Best Is Yet to Come, a collection of jazz standards, and is performing around the USA and Canada.

Jerry Douglas Personal Life

He has two children, daughter Avra Douglas and son Jod Douglas (aka Jodaman Douglas), fathered while he was married to his then-wife, Arlene Martel. He has one son with Kym Douglas, Hunter Douglas.

Jerry Douglas FAQ’s

Who was Jerry Douglas?

Jerry Douglas (November 12, 1932 – November 9, 2021) was an American television and film actor. For 25 years Douglas reigned as patriarch John Abbott in the fictional Genoa City on the daytime television serial The Young and the Restless. In 2006, his character was killed off, but his character later made special appearances.

How did Jerry Douglas die?

Veteran actor Jerry Douglas, best known as patriarch John Abbott on CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, passed away on November 9 after a brief illness.

How old was Jerry Douglas?

Jerry Douglas was 88 years old.

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