Jerry Douglas was famous for his outstanding performance in The Young and the Restless. The star died just 3 days before his birthday on November 12. So far The People reported his death due to a “brief illness”.
Massachusetts born, Douglas took pride in his England upbringing, revealed via an obituary that his family wrote. He went to Brandeis University and played quarterback for the football team there. He graduated with a degree in economics.
Soon after graduation, he began building his career in acting. In 1982, he was cast for The Restless and The Young, in which he played the character of John Abbott, Abbott family’s patriarch and well-off chairman of Jabot Cosmetics.
For around 30 years, Douglas worked with CBS daytime soap operas. After 2006 when his character died, he began to feature as Abbott’s spirit whose role was to guide other characters in their tough times. His last show was released in 2016.
Exec. producer of The Young and the Restless, Anthony Morina wrote a sentimental post for Douglas. She said, “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,”
“Jerry came to Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits. 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 continued.
In addition to six decades of career span, he did several television shows like Melrose Place, Cold Case, Arrested Development, Crash, and The Christmas Wish
Not just that, he also built a career in filmography. His famous projects include The Godson, Mommie Dearest, JFK, Head Over Spurs in Love, and Avalanche.
Douglas was an all-rounder. He was a singer and a seasoned stage actor as well. In 2007, he released his Jazz music album “The Best Is Yet to Come”
The great personality is survived by his dear wife Kym, two sons, a daughter, and two grandchildren.