Jerry Douglas, the actor known for his role as the patriarch John Abbott in the TV series The Young and the Restless, died on November 9 in Los Angeles after a brief illness. He was 88 years old.
For more than 30 years, Douglas was a mainstay on the show as the cosmetics magnate and mainstay of the fictional Genoa City. Douglas appeared on The Young and the Restless from 1982 to 2006.
Born on November 12, 1932 in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Jerry Douglas played quarterback at Brandeis University, where he earned a degree in economics. After college, he went into acting, studying with famed professors Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles.
He has also accumulated dozens of television and supporting film roles over the course of his long career, ranging from The Bionic Woman, Barnaby Jones and The Streets of San Francisco to Arrested Development, Cold Case and Melrose Place. Douglas began making television appearances in the early 1960s on such series as The Untouchables and The Donna Reed Show.