Jerry Douglas dead: The Young and the Restless actor dies 'after a brief illness' aged 88

Actor Jerry Douglas, best know for his role in CBS’ The Young and the Restless for more than 30 years, has sadly died. He was 88 years old.

His family confirmed the news on Tuesday.

Douglas reportedly passed away from a brief illness, according to TMZ.

He would have turned 89 on 12 November.

Born Jerry Rubenstein in Chelsea, MA, the star launched his acting career upon graduating from Brandeis University, where he originally studied economics.

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Douglas’ first on-screen role was when he joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in March 1982.

He appeared as John Abbott, patriarch of the Abbott family and wealthy chairman of Jabot Cosmetics.

He became the third actor to play the character, and amassed almost 900 episodes until he was killed off in 2006.

But despite the death of his character, Douglas made sporadic appearances on the show as his ghost.

While he was best known for the CBS soap opera, Douglas also appeared in various other TV shows over his decades-long career.

He starred in more than one 100 productions, including appearances in numerous feature films, such as Oliver Stone’s JFK, Avalanche, The Godson, Head Over Spurs in Love, and Mommie Dearest.

Earlier in his career, he guest-starred in many classic series, such as Mission: Impossible, The Incredible Hulk and The F.B.I.

In more recent years, he guest-starred in episodes of Cold Case, Melrose Place, The Christmas Wish, Crash and Arrested Development.

He also made it to the big screen, taking on smaller roles in productions, including JFK and Good Guys Wear Black.

Douglas is survived by his wife of 37 years, television host and author Kym Douglas, sons Jod and Hunter, and daughter Avra.


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