‘Young and the Restless’ star Jerry Douglas dies at 88

Jerry Douglas, very best identified for his role as relatives patriarch John Abbott on the CBS soap opera “The Young and the Restless,” has died.

He was 88.

Douglas attends a 2007 get together celebrating “The Young and the Restless.” He initially started showing on the daytime drama in 1982. (Charley Gallay/Getty Visuals Archives)

Douglas was beloved on the cleaning soap as the chairman of Jabot Cosmetics, a position he began in 1982.

John Abbott, together with his small children Jack, Traci, Ashley, and Billy created up 1 of the most famed people on the CBS daytime drama.

John Abbott was killed off the show in 2006 Douglas continued to make appearances periodically as the ghost of the character.

He very last appeared on the cleaning soap in 2016.

The series paid tribute to Douglas on social media.

“Please join us in sending our condolences to the relatives of Jerry Douglas, known for his prolonged-managing part as the legendary John Abbott on the The Younger and the Restless,” a tweet on the daytime drama’s verified Twitter account. “He will be tremendously missed by the Y&R loved ones.”

Final thirty day period, some of his former costars celebrated his approaching 89th birthday and actress Lauralee Bell shared a image of the celebration on her verified Instagram account.

“Feel so lucky to have been involved in this unbelievably particular birthday lunch for Jerry Douglas!,” Bell wrote in the caption. “Thank you @peterbergmanyr and @eileendavidsonofficial so considerably! I will cherish this afternoon generally.”

Immediately after the dying was announced, Bell was just one of the many who compensated Douglas tribute.

“I was blessed sufficient to know Jerry because I was youthful,” she wrote on Instagram. “At situations he felt like a father determine (probably mainly because we all required John Abbott as our father) and occasionally he’d remind me of my father, but additional normally with all the gatherings we’ve experienced, filled with laughs, he was the kindest man and the sweetest good friend and I will overlook him so a great deal!”

Douglas was born Massachusetts and his skill at participating in football gained him a scholarship to Brandeis College.

He gave up his plan of finishing regulation university to pursue performing and examined with Uta Hagen in New York and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles.

His 1st credited job on IMDB.com was as a gangster in the movie “Blast of Silence” in 1961.

Douglas went on to seem in numerous Tv exhibits and movies these as “The Untouchables,” “The Donna Reed Demonstrate,” “Gunsmoke,” “Mommie Dearest” and “JFK.”