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Moss in 2014
Ronald Montague Moss
March 4, 1952
|Occupation||Actor, musician, singer-songwriter|
(m. 1990; div. 2002)
Devin DeVasquez (m. 2009)
Ronald Montague Moss (born March 4, 1952) 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 band 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. Their follow-up single, "This Time I'm in It for Love,", also peaked at No. 10 the same year.
"Baby Come Back" was next to "Sara Smile" by Hall & Oates as well as "How Much I Feel" by Ambrosia as one of the very few songs by a white artist to be played on predominantly black radio stations. This enabled them to contribute to a musical genre known as "Blue-Eyed Soul", where white artists sing with a strong R & B Influence.
The Australian edition of his 2002 solo CD I’m Your Man includes a fresh duet of the original hit "Baby Come Back" and two bonus tracks: "That's When I'll Be Gone" and "Mountain". Moss along with his band toured Australia between August and September 2006. In 2007, he released his second solo album, Uncovered.
After a lawsuit against former PLAYER bandmate, Peter Beckett for the use of the trademark name, Ronn will debut his band as Ronn Moss' PLAYER for future PLAYER concerts.
Ronn is now solo and toured Australia again in March 2019 and is currently touring Italy for the first time in the summer of 2019.
The Bold and the Beautiful and other acting 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 was broadcast in many nations across the globe and his role has attracted millions of fans worldwide. To this day, Moss is best known for this role and he frequently travels overseas to visit other countries, make appearances, and promote his music.
Moss has a large fan base in Australia. In 2006, a campaign surfaced to vote Moss as Australian of the Year. Moss was featured in a very popular 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 longstanding 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 the daytime TV genre.
The Bold and the Beautiful was 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 having played the character of Ridge Forrester for 25 years. He made his last appearance on September 14, 2012.
- I'm Your Man (2000)
- Uncovered (2005)
- Player (1977)
- Danger Zone (1978)
- Room with a View (1980)
- Spies of Life (1981)
- Electric Shadow (Japan) / Lost in Reality (US) (1995/1996)
- Too Many Reasons (2013)