Kristoff St. John

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Kristoff St. John
Born (1966-07-15) July 15, 1966 (age 52)
New York, New York, U.S.
Other names Cristoff St. John
Christopher St. John
Years active 1975-present
Known for Alex Haley (as a child) in Roots: The Next Generations
Adam Marshall in Generations
Neil Winters in The Young and the Restless
Spouse(s) Allana Nadal (2001-2007) (divorced)
Mia St. John (1991-1995) (divorced)
Parent(s) Christopher St. John
Marie St. John

Kristoff St. John (born July 15, 1966) is an American actor, best known for his role as Neil Winters on the daytime US drama The Young and the Restless.

Early life[edit]

Kristoff St. John was born July 15, 1966, in New York City. His father, Christopher St. John, is an actor and director, while his stepmother, Marie, is an actress who graduated from London's Royal Academy of Dramatic Art.


As a child, St. John portrayed a young Alex Haley in the ABC miniseries Roots: The Next Generations.[1] He also made a small but notable appearance as Booker Brown on the ABC sitcom Happy Days,[2] as well as a boyfriend of Denise Huxtable on an early episode of The Cosby Show.[3] In his first major role, he appeared as Charlie Richmond, Jr. on the CBS sitcom Charlie & Co., along with Flip Wilson, Gladys Knight, and Jaleel White.

St. John's first major soap role was Adam Marshall on the NBC soap opera Generations, the first daytime drama to feature a core African American family from its inception. After Generations was cancelled in 1991, he originated the role of Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless, where he continues to appear to this day. A cast member for 25 years, no African American actor has appeared on Y&R more frequently than St. John. In 1992, he won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role in Y&R. Over the years, he has also won numerous NAACP Image Awards.

On September 5, 1994, he went on to host CBS Soap Break. The show ran until December 31, 1999.

In 2005, St. John became a special host for TV Guide Channel. In 2007, he received his fifth Daytime Emmy nomination. He was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. In 2008, St. John won his second Daytime Emmy, as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. He served as a judge at the 2012 Noor Iranian Film Festival in Los Angeles.

Personal life[edit]

Kristoff St. John has been married and divorced twice. He had a son Julian (born December 5, 1989 - November 23, 2014) and a daughter Paris Nicole (born 1992) with ex-wife boxer Mia St. John. He was then married to Allana Nadal from 2001 to 2007 and they have a daughter, Lola (born April 15, 2003).[4] His son Julian died by suicide on November 23, 2014 after a long history of mental illness.[5]

St. John is a vegan and animal rights advocate, and appeared in two PETA's ad campaigns.[6][7]


Year Title Role Notes
1975 That's My Mama Andy
1976–77 Big John, Little John Homer
1976 Happy Days Booker Brown
1977 Wonder Woman Linc as Christoff St. John
1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums Ralphie
1979 The Champ Sonny
1979-1980 The Bad News Bears Ahmad Abdul Rahim
1984 The Cosby Show David James
1985–1986 Charlie & Co. Charlie Richmond, Jr.
1988 A Different World E.Z. Brooks
1989–1991 Generations Adam Marshall
1989 Finish Line Tito Landreau
1991–present The Young and the Restless Neil Winters Contract role
1998 Family Matters D'Andre
1994–1999 CBS Soap Break Host
1996 Martin Fred Livingston
1997 Living Single Norwood
The Jamie Foxx Show Morris
The Nanny Himself
2001 Pandora's Box Victor Dubois
2005 Carpool Guy Steven
2009 Everybody Hates Chris Himself
2013 20 Feet Below: The Darkness Descending Smitty
2017 A Christmas Cruise Jake TV movie



  1. ^ Daniel Wilcox & Thad Mumford (writers); Georg Stanford Brown (director) (1979-02-22). "Part 5". Roots: The Next Generations. ABC. 
  2. ^ James Ritz (writer); Jerry Paris (director) (1976-01-20). "Football Frolics". Happy Days. Season 3. Episode 18. ABC. 
  3. ^ John Markus (writer); Jay Sandrich (director) (1984-11-15). "How Ugly Is He?". The Cosby Show. Season 1. Episode 9. NBC. 
  4. ^ "My Lil Lola Lemon is Officially a Teenager Today". April 15, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Kristoff St. John's Son Julian Dead at 24". November 29, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Emmy Award Winner Kristoff St. John Shows His Skin to Save Animals' Skins". 
  7. ^ "Taking it Off for PETA". July 12, 2004. 

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