In Spain, he was not known, but it has his merit that for thirty years he played a character, the patriarch John Abbott, in “The Young and the Restless”, a daytime drama that is broadcast on CBS in the United States. Actor Jerry Douglas, who has also appeared in various feature films, has died in Los Angeles at the age of 88.
The death took place this Tuesday, November 9, after a “short period of illness”, according to a representative. Jerry Douglas would turn 89 years old tomorrow, November 12th. No cause of death has been disclosed at this time.
Born on November 12, 1932, in Chelsea (Massachusetts), Gerald Rubenstein – his full name – won a scholarship thanks to his gifts for American football to Brandeis University, where he graduated in Economics.
He then studied acting, with Utan Hagen, a New York teacher, and Jeff Corey , another prestigious coach, from New York. He made his film debut with a small role in 1961’s Blast of Silence .
After appearing as a secondary in Bonanza and other iconic 1960s series, Jerry Douglas starred in feature films such as Harlow, Platinum Blonde, and Gunn. But success did not come until in 1982 when he was offered to play the aforementioned John Abbott, millionaire and president of the company Jabot Cosmetics, in The Young and the Restless.
At first, he had few appearances, as a father who advised his children when they got into trouble, but later his romantic plot with Dina, the wife from whom he separated, became important, although later he fell in love with her again. The character died in 2006, when the actor decided to separate, but returned sporadically, in the form of a ghost, to continue advising his offspring. Its last appearance dates from 2016.
While filming The Young and the Restless, Jerry Douglas barely accepted other jobs. He can be seen in a sequence JFK, of Oliver Stone. Divorced from the also actress Arlene Martel, with whom he had two children, he joined Kym Douglas, mother of his other child, who has accompanied him until his death.
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