Jerry Douglas (actor)

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Jerry Douglas
Gerald Rubenstein

(1932-11-12) November 12, 1932 (age 87)
Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States
Arlene Martel
(m. 1962; div. 1973)

Kymberly Bankier
(m. 1985)

Jerry Douglas (born November 12, 1932) is an American television and film actor. For 25 years Jerry Douglas reigned in fictional Genoa City as patriarch John Abbott on the daytime television serial The Young and the Restless. In 2006, his character was killed off, however, he has made special appearances since then.

Early life[edit]

Douglas was born as Gerald Rubenstein in Chelsea, Massachusetts to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. Raised in Chelsea, Massachusetts, he attended Brandeis University to earn a degree in economics. Eight months into law school in Manhattan, he gave up the books and started auditioning. However, his lack of training frustrated him, and he eventually moved with his first wife, actress Arlene Martel, and their daughter Avra, to California.

Personal life[edit]

Settling in the San Fernando Valley, Douglas sold insurance by day and took acting classes at night. Although he still struggled, he received encouragement after appearing in the play, John Brown's Body.

For several years, Douglas appeared on TV shows like Mission: Impossible and The Feather and Father Gang, often playing the villain. At the same time, Martel decided to move herself and their two children — Avra and Jodaman, to Carmel. They eventually divorced. He remarried, to Kymberly Bankier, whom he met at a Muscular Dystrophy Association event. They have been married since April 6, 1985 and have a son, Hunter.

Later years[edit]

In March 2006, after 25 years on the show, Douglas departed The Young and The Restless in a storyline-dictated exit revolving around his character's involvement in the Tom Fisher murder case. Jerry Douglas claims that former headwriter of The Young and The Restless, Lynn Marie Latham, killed his character because she could not understand why a man would run a cosmetics company.[1] He continued to recur on the show for the next few months and was put back on contract with the show in June to play his now deceased character's ghost. He left the show for good on August 18, but continues to make appearances once in a while. In March 2008 he began appearing as a new character Alistair Wallingford, a drunken hack actor involved in a gaslighting plot, but was written out a few months later.[citation needed]

In 2007, Douglas released a CD, The Best Is Yet to Come, a collection of jazz standards, and is performing around the United States and Canada.[citation needed]



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