Jerry Douglas, who portrayed the patriarch John Abbott on the CBS daytime drama The Younger and the Stressed for greater than 30 years, died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a short sickness, the community introduced. He was 88.
Douglas joined the solid of The Younger and the Stressed in March 1982 as Abbott, the rich chairman of Jabot Cosmetics.
When viewers first met him, he was a single father serving to kids Jack, Ashley and Traci navigate maturity. In later years, Abbott wed Jill Foster, and so they had a son, Billy. He additionally had a number of romantic reunions along with his estranged ex-wife, Dina Mergeron.
Abbott was a mainstay in Genoa Metropolis till his demise in 2006. He then made appearances as a ghost who continued to counsel his kids, along with his final look on the present coming in 2016.
“Jerry got here to Y&R in 1982 with a powerful résumé of credit,” govt producer Anthony Morina mentioned in an announcement. “Our present was fortunate to have an actor of his caliber be a part of the Y&R solid and introduce the viewers to the enduring Abbott household. His contribution to the legacy of Y&R as Abbott household patriarch John Abbott continues to be felt to at the present time. He will likely be sorely missed.”
Douglas was born Jerry Rubenstein on Nov. 12, 1932, in Chelsea, Massachusetts. He gained a soccer scholarship to play quarterback at Brandeis College, the place he graduated with a B.S. diploma in economics.
After faculty, Douglas studied with Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles, then made his film debut as a gangster within the thriller Blast of Silence (1961).
Douglas stored busy with guest-starring activates such exhibits as The Untouchables, The Donna Reed Present, The Outer Limits, Fight!, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Mannix, The F.B.I., The Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T. and The Rockford Recordsdata. Extra just lately, he confirmed up on episodes of Chilly Case, Melrose Place and Arrested Improvement.
He additionally appeared in such movies as Avalanche (1978), Mommie Dearest (1981), The Godson (1998) and Oliver Stone’s JFK (1991).
Douglas was a screenwriter and playwright who developed initiatives with Josh O’Connell via their manufacturing firm, O’Connell/Douglas Productions. He additionally was a singer who recorded the 2007 album The Greatest Is But to Come.
Survivors embrace his spouse of 37 years, Kym Douglas, a way of life/magnificence knowledgeable who co-hosted the Hallmark Channel present Residence & Household and has served as a frequent visitor on The Ellen DeGeneres Present; kids Jod, Hunter and Avra; two grandchildren; and nieces together with Solo Rubenstein, a global advertising govt at Common Photos.