Jerry Douglas, ‘The Young and the Restless’ Star, Dead at 89

by Samantha Whidden

Jerry Douglas, a long-running star on CBS’ hit soap opera series The Young and the Restless, has reportedly passed away at the age of 89.

According to TMZ, the cause of death and when Jerry Douglas passed away are currently unclear, but the media outlet expects to hear more details soon. It was also revealed that Douglas appeared in The Young and the Restless for close to 900 episodes. He was notably the third actor to play John Abbot. He remained on the cast until his character was killed off in 2006. Despite his character’s fate, Douglas appeared in the series until 2016.

Jerry Douglas also appeared on Cold Case, Melrose Place, Hunter, Barnaby Jones, The F.B.I., and The Untouchables. His first acting gig was in 1961’s Blast of Silence, in which he played a gangster. His most recent TV appearance was on Home & Family in 2018. He appeared with the cast of The Young and The Restless. 

TMZ also reported that Jerry Douglas celebrated his birthday recently with some of the cast from The Young and The Restless. The soap opera star is survived by his wife, Kym Douglas, and his children.

Peter Bergman Shares Details About Working With Jerry Douglas on ‘The Young and The Restless’ 

During a March 2021 interview with Soaps in Depth, Peter Bergman shared more details about working alongside Jerry Douglas on the set of The Young and the Restless. “Jerry is a sweetheart of a guy. [My character] Jack’s arrival was something that benefitted him if it worked out well. So he was cheering me on.”

Bergman also said that Jerry Double was cheering him on because he was an actor. “Because I was a person who came in to replace somebody who had been there for a while. And he knew that was a hard thing. So he was very, very generous and very sweet on my first day.

‘The Young and the Restless’ Executive Producer Anthony Morina Issues Statement About Jerry Douglas’ Passing 

In a statement provided to Deadline, Anthony Morina, Executive Producer of The Young and The Restless, spoke out about Jerry Douglas’ passing. “On behalf of the entire company of The Young and The Restless, we send our deepest sympathies to the Douglas family on the passing of Jerry Douglas.”

Morina then spoke about Jerry Douglas’ involvement in the soap opera. “Jerry came to Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits. 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.”