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Diamont in 2010
December 31, 1962
New York, New York, U.S.
|Other names||Donald Diamont|
|Known for||The Young and the Restless as Brad Carlton,
The Bold and the Beautiful as Bill Spencer, Jr.
|Spouse(s)||Rachel Braun (1994-2002; divorced; 4 children)
Cindy Ambuehl (2012-present; 2 children)
Don Diamont (born Donald Feinberg; December 31, 1962) is an American actor. His best known roles include Brad Carlton on The Young and the Restless and Bill Spencer, Jr. on The Bold and the Beautiful. In 1990, Diamont was chosen as one of the 50 most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine, becoming the first daytime actor to receive the honor.
Life and career
After several years as a successful model, Diamont's first major acting role was as Carlo Forenza on Days of Our Lives. He joined the cast in 1984 after being hired by Ken Corday, and was with the show for a year.
Diamont is best known for his portrayal of opportunistic businessman Brad Carlton on The Young and the Restless. He initially joined the show in 1985 and left the cast in 1996. He returned in 1998, remaining on the show until his character was killed off in early 2009.
On March 5, 2009 it was announced that Diamont would be joining the cast of the CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful in the contract role of Bill Spencer, Jr. His first air date was May 12, 2009. "Don is a versatile actor with a vast range of talent," B&B's Executive Producer and Head Writer, Bradley Bell, said in a statement, "It is my pleasure to welcome him to B&B. He has also expressed an interest in being a script writer."
- The Bold and the Beautiful - Brad Carlton (1993) / Bill Spencer, Jr. (2009–present)
- The Young and the Restless - Brad Carlton (1985–1996, 1998–2009)
- Anger Management (2003)
- Country Justice - Ray (1997)
- OP Center (1995)
- Days of Our Lives - Carlo Forenza (1984)
- Diagnosis Murder - Max Halik (1997)
- Baywatch - Gavin (1998)
- A Low Down Dirty Shame - Chad (1994)
Diamont is also known for being the spokesperson for Morris Home Furnishings in Dayton, Ohio.
In 2006, Diamont was voted No. 1 on the Sexiest Soap Hunks of All Time list at the Shrine to the Soap Hunks.
Diamont was also a cover model for Playgirl magazine twice, in 1988 and 1995.
He is active with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and has a niece afflicted with the illness.
Don was named "Sexiest Veteran Soap Actor" by People Magazine in 2009.
Don is married to his long-time girlfriend Cindy Ambuehl; they were married in Eze, France on June 12, 2012.
Diamont began using his mother's maiden name when he began acting and modeling after an agent suggested that it was more "rhythmical", but in fact because it was less obviously Jewish sounding.
In the August 15, 2006 edition of Soap Opera Digest, Diamont discusses his Jewish background and discloses that he did not fully embrace his Jewish heritage until later in life. Coincidentally, his storyline on The Young and the Restless (head written by Lynn Marie Latham & Scott Hamner) has paralleled his personal life in some ways. The show has revealed that the persona of "Brad Carlton" is actually "George Kaplan". (For the sake of the dramatic, the show has explained this by disclosing that George/Brad had to hide his past, and his Jewishness, for his own safety.)
- Soap opera character’s revelation matches actor’s personal journey Article comparing character Carlton's "coming out" as a Jew to Diamont's developing Judaism.
- Don Diamont Chats About B&B Role
- Don Diamont at the Internet Movie Database
- Don Diamont Q&A: On Leaving Y&R