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

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Jerry Douglas, the veteran actor best-known for enjoying Jabot Cosmetics tycoon John Abbott for 25 years on the cleaning soap opera “The Young and The Restless,” has died. He was 88.

His household confirmed that Douglas handed on Tuesday after a short sickness, TMZ reported Wednesday evening. No reason behind loss of life has been disclosed at this time.

Douglas starred as the father of mainstay characters Jack, Ashley and Tracey Abbott in almost 900 episodes of the CBS cleaning soap beginning in 1981 till his character was killed off in 2016.

Born Gerald Rubenstein on Nov. 12, 1932, in Boston, Massachusetts, he was the son of (*88*) European immigrants. He enrolled in Brandeis University at 18 with hopes of incomes a legislation diploma in economics. However, eight months into legislation faculty, he gave up the books and began auditioning, based on his official IMBD bio.

Armed with main man appears to be like, he shortly scored his first breaks with TV visitor roles on standard Nineteen Sixties exhibits resembling “The Untouchables” and “The Donna Reed Show.”

In addition to his signature cleaning soap position, Douglas additionally appeared in visitor spots on basic ’70s collection together with “Mission: Impossible,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Rockford Files,” “Barnaby Jones,” “Quincy M.E.,” “Melrose Place” and “Cold Case.”

Jerry Douglas (John Abbott), Eileen Davidson (Ashley Abbott), Terry Lester (Jack Abbott, later performed by Peter Bergmen), Beth Maitland (Tracey Abbott) in a 1984 promo shot for “The Young and the Restless.”
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On the large display, he stole scenes in character roles in Faye Dunaway’s “Mommie Dearest,” Chuck Norris’ “Good Guys Wear Black” and Oliver Stone’s “JFK.”

News of his loss of life comes only one month after Douglas’ household and a bevy of “Y&R” co-stars gathered to rejoice his upcoming 89th birthday.

His longtime co-star, actress Lauralee Bell, posted to Instagram at the time: “Feel so lucky to have been included in this unbelievably special birthday lunch for Jerry Douglas! Thank you @peterbergmanyr and @eileendavidsonofficial so much! I will cherish this afternoon always.”

The heartfelt put up has almost 20,000 likes and scores of feedback from followers and fellow actors.

Douglas is survived by his spouse of three many years, Kym Douglas, and three youngsters, Jod, Hunter and Avra.