'The Young and the Restless' Star Jerry Douglas is Dead at 88: Exclusive Report Here!
With the passing of actor Jerry Douglas, the television industry has lost a gem. Douglas had amassed fame playing the patriarch John Abbott in the soap opera The Young and the Restless. The actor's family broke the news on Wednesday. The veteran actor was aged 88 and died following a brief illness on November 9.
Upon hearing the saddening news, the executive producer of the Young and the Restless, Anthony Morina, has released a statement in honor of the late actor. "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," Morina's statement read.
The actor passed away following a brief illness. Photo Source: NBC News
"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," Morina adds. Douglas's character, John Abbott, was killed off in the show in 2006, but the actor reprised the character as a ghost and guided the Abbott family until 2016.
Douglas is survived by his wife and three kids. Source: CBS New York
Born Jerry Rubenstein on November 12, 1932, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, to Russian Jewish immigrants, Douglas ventured into acting after graduating from Brandeis University. Though his most notable on-screen credit remains Y & R, Jerry reportedly appeared in more than 100 productions. His early credits include Cold Case, Melrose Place, Arrested Development, and Crash.
Jerry was first married to actress Arlene Martel; they had two children, Avra and Jod. Follwoing their divorce, Douglas tied the knots with host and author Kym Douglas. They had a son named Hunter together.
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