(FreedomBeacon.com)- Jerry Douglas, the legendary actor known for his long stint appearing on “The Young and the Restless” has tragically passed away at the age of 88.
A spokesperson for the soap opera star confirmed that he passed away on November 9 after battling a brief illness. He was just a handful of days away from celebrating his 89th birthday.
Douglas was born in Chelsea, Massachusetts, on November 12 in 1932. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in economics from the University of Brandeis, and later moved on to acting after studying with Jeff Corey in Los Angeles and Uta Hagen in New York City.
Not only did he star as the patriarchal character John Abbott in The Young and the Restless, where he stayed until 2006 when his character was killed off, but he also appeared in the 1981 movie Mommie Dearest and 2012’s Silent But Deadly.
A statement was shared by the official Twitter account for the daytime soap show The Young and the Restless, in which the whole team asked everybody to join them in sending their condolences to Jerry Douglas’ family.
“He will be greatly missed by the Y&R family,” the statement added.
Please join us in sending our condolences to the family of Jerry Douglas, known for his long-running role as the iconic John Abbott on the The Young and the Restless. He will be greatly missed by the Y&R family. ❤️ pic.twitter.com/7Kihvgqiel
— Young and Restless (@YandR_CBS) November 11, 2021
The executive producer of the show, Anthony Morina, also offered some words about the sad news, saying that he sends his deepest sympathies to the Douglas family.
“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,” he added.
Amidst a chaotic political scene, actors and characters that everybody knows and love bring people together – and we just lost another legend.