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|Born||Ronald Montague Moss
March 4, 1952
Los Angeles, California, USA
Ronald "Ronn" Montague Moss (born March 4, 1952 in Los Angeles) is an American actor, musician and singer/songwriter, a member of the band Player, and best known for portraying Ridge Forrester, the dynamic fashion magnate on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful from 1987 to 2012.
Early life and music career
Moss was born and raised in Los Angeles. He grew up surrounded by the theatre, concert, and rock & roll music world. At age 11, he started learning to play the drums, guitar and electric bass. In 1976, Moss joined creative forces with fellow singer/guitarist Peter Beckett, guitarist/keyboardist J.C Crowley, and drummer John Friesen to form the musical group Player, primarily as bassist and singer. In a garage in the Hollywood Hills, they wrote and rehearsed the music that would soon attract the attention of music impresario Robert Stigwood, who signed them to his RSO Records. In the first three weeks of 1978, their single "Baby Come Back" occupied the #1 position on the national pop charts & Player was voted to the Billboard Magazine honor roll of Top New Singles artist of 1978. The Australian edition of his 2000 album includes a fresh duet of the original hit "Baby Come Back" & two bonus tracks, "That's When I'll Be Gone" & "Mountain". Moss along with his band toured Australia between August and September 2006. More recently Moss also released his new solo album, Uncovered.
The Bold and the Beautiful and other film/TV work
Moss played the Saracen hero Ruggero who fell in love with Bradamante in the 1983 Italian film Paladini-storia d'armi e d'amori (aka Paladins—the story of love and arms, aka Hearts and Armor) – a film based on the legends surrounding the Peers of Charlemagne.
In 1987, Moss was offered the role of "Ridge Forrester" on a new soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. He accepted the part, and the show is broadcast in many nations across the globe and his role has attracted thousands of fans worldwide. To this day, Moss is best known for this role and he frequently travels overseas to promote the show and his music.
Moss has a large fan base in Australia. In 2006, a campaign surfaced to vote Moss as Australian of the Year. Moss recently featured in a television commercial for Berri, an Australian orange juice producer. The punchline of the advertisement was "you can tell when it's not all Aussie"; a line intended to show (in jest) that while Moss has long standing connections with Australia, his Hollywood career has resulted in his persona differing significantly from that of the cliché Australian male. He has appeared occasionally on the former program Rove Live when in Australia. He takes part in sketches that are parodies of daytime TV genre.
The Bold and the Beautiful is a very popular prime-time show in much of Europe; in 2010 Moss was a participant in the Italian version of Dancing with the Stars, finishing second with his partner, Sara Di Vaira.
On August 11, 2012, it was announced that Moss would exit The Bold and the Beautiful, after playing the character of Ridge for 25 years.