The actor Jerry Douglas, who portrayed the patriarch John Abbott on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the Restless for more than 30 years, nearly 900 episodes, died Tuesday in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 88 old. “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,” executive producer Anthony Morina said in a statement.
Douglas was a presence in shows as The Untouchables, The Donna Reed Show, The Outer Limits, Combat!, Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Mannix, The F.B.I., The Streets of San Francisco, S.W.A.T. and The Rockford Files. Jerry also worked on the big screen, with roles in movies like “JFK, “Good Guys Wear Black,” “Avalanche,” “Mommie Dearest,” “Head Over Spurs in Love” and “The Godson.”He was at the same time a screenwriter and playwright and developed projects with Josh O’Connell through their production company, O’Connell/Douglas Productions. As a singer, he recorded in 2007 the album The Best Is Yet to Come. He’s survived by his wife of 36 years, Kym Douglas, his sons, Jod and Hunter, and his daughter, Avra. „He was a wonderfully strong, caring & loving friend who was like a father to me,” Rob Wilcox said.