Kristoff St. John

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Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless


7/15/1960, New York, New York

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  • Kristoff St. John made his television debut at age 7 in the series "That's My Mom". Now, 26 years alter, he is one of the stars on CBS-TV's "The Young and The Restless", the number one rated drama for the past 11 years on daytime television, playing talented young business executive Neil Winters.

    His childlike gifts have all emerged into the full measure of a mature actor, as is evident by his six Emmy Award nominations.

    Two of Kristoff's Emmy nominations came as a result of his interpretation of the character Adam Marshall in the 1989 groundbreaking NBC-TV daytime drama, "Generations", in which he was nominated as Best Supporting Actor in 1990 and Outstanding Younger Actor in 1991. In 1992 he won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a drama series for his role of Neil Winters on "The Young and The Restless". He was nominated for an Emmy yet again in 1993 for outstanding younger actor, in 1999 for best supporting actor, and Finally, in 2000 Kristoff has received his sixth Emmy nomination for best supporting actor on "The Young and The Restless".

    Kristoff has had the distinct honor of winning they prestigious NAACP Image Award as Best Actor in a Daytime Drama, "The Young and The Restless", four times 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1997. He has been nominated for the Image award seven times.

    Following his television debut in "That's My Mama" in 1974 and an appearance on the then #1 rated Garry Marshall show "Happy Days", young Kristoff portrayed Young Alex Haley, in the mini-series "Roots 2: The Next Generation", in 1977. His early episodic childhood credits include: "The Richard Pryor Special", "The Tony Orlando and Dawn Show", and "Wonder Woman" to name a few.

    Series regular credits include CBS' "The Bad News Bears", with Jack Warden, The ABC Spelling show "The San Pedro Beach Bums", The NBC Sherwood Schwartz Saturday morning show, "Big John, Little John", starring Herbert Edelman and Robbie Rist, and CBS' answer to the Cosby Show in 1985, "Charlie and Company", starring Flip Wilson, Jaleel White, Gladys Knight, and Della Reese. Kristoff played the oldest son of Flip and Gladys for two years.

    Television dramatic features and mini series in which he has appeared include "Sister Sister", (1977) With Diahann Carroll and Irene Cara, "The Atlanta Child Murders", John Erman Director, (1984) "An Innocent Love", with Steven Bauer and Doug McKeon, (1980) "Finish Line" (1990) John Nicollela Director, and Josh and James Brolin starring. "The Patty Hearst Ordeal", (1979) and "Beulah Land". (1980) He also has over two dozen television guest star roles including "The Cosby Show", "Diagnosis Murder", "A Different World", "Jake and the Fatman", "What's Happening Now?", "Martin" and "The Crew". Additionally, in 1995-96 while holding down his daytime job on "The Young and The Restless", he had a recurring role for six episodes, playing Holly Robinson's boyfriend on the ABC-TV sitcom series "Hanging With Mr. Cooper".

    His most recent guest appearances have been "Family Matters", "Living Single", "Pensacola" and "Suddenly Susan", where Kristoff had the honor of kissing the legendary lips of Brooke Shields. In November 1999, Kristoff guest starred on the Warner Brothers sit-com "For Your Love" and was reunited with former TV flame Holly Robinson Peete. He then switched gears with a guest spot on the critically acclaimed Fox hit "Get Real" in late 1999.

    Kristoff's feature film credits include "The Champ", "Top of the Heap", and "Avatarmania", which is currently in post-production. Kristoff has appeared on "The Tonight Show", with Jay Leno, "Keenan", "Vibe", "The Magic Hour", "Regis and Kathie Lee", "Howie", and "Leeza", to name a few.

    Kristoff has been a presenter at the Daytime Emmy awards, 7 times in the last ten years. Unwilling to limit his artistic talents to acting, Kristoff formed his own production company (Moonboy Inc.) to produce and direct his own projects.

    In 1993 he produced, directed, and hosted a 22 minute pilot presentation "Soap World" A Day In the Life of Scott and Melissa Reeves. CBS Entertainment loved the show and decided to develop "CBS Soap Break", and up close and personal look at your favorite CBS soap star. Kristoff has hosted and produced 8 on -air specials, and they are currently running on the CBS network at various times. Kristoff has several screenplays that he has penned, which he is confident will be the first of many feature films to be produced by Moonboy Productions. Kristoff has just completed post-production for a video that he has written, produced and directed for international/domestic release entitled, TKO AMERICA, (Training Kids of America) a children's fitness tape, coincidentally starring Kristoff's two children, 9 year old son Julian, and 7 year old daughter Paris.

    This project is an offspring of a four tape exercise set that Kristoff is starring in called, "The TKO Workout". Coincidentally, in 1997 he starred in another workout tape entitled "Kick Butt!" that charted #1 in the country for retail exertapes, in the month of January 1999.

    Kristoff has also written, produced, directed, and hosted two installments of a video series entitled, "Backstage Pass to the 25th and 26th Annual Daytime Emmy's", a close-up peek at behind the scenes of the annual daytime Emmys Award telecast.

    Kristoff is also diligently in the process of selling a new family board game that he created with two close partners. The skeletal concept is to 'strike it rich in Hollywood", be the first player to obtain 1 million dollars in equity and make it home unscathed.

    Kristoff is also developing a full service soap opera based radio show. A chance for the listeners to catch up live with soap stars, current story-line information, critical reviews, late breaking news, and a potpourri of secret sexy issues.moreless

    Birth Name:

    Kristoff St John



    Birth Place:

    New York, New York

    Also Known As

    Christoff St. John

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    • Kristoff: (on his change of style of dress) I’ve always worn jeans and T-shirts and that’s what I’m buying, but for the first time in a long time, I went out and bought myself a pair of $3000 jeans! I’ve hit a few stores, like Nordstom’s and M Fredrick. I’ve always been so frugal about my clothing because I have kids and they come first. Then there’s the bills, the wife and the ex-wife, but I’ve just spent $100 on a T-shirt, and thought, ‘Wow, how can they charge that much?’ But it sure looks good!

    • Kristoff: (on race rarely commented on in daytime drama) Hmmm. You’ve got to be careful what you say on this topic, and, I guess therein lies my answer. Daytime has always been pretty cautious about stepping over that fine line and offending somebody of colour and has usually taken a backseat to the issue.

    • Kristoff: (on his children following in his footsteps) Paris used to play the piano and could have done something with that, but she decided she was done with it and there was no changing her mind. Julian’s very much into his music and is a pretty talented film maker and videographer. Lola is a little Tasmanian devil. We’ll see.

    • Kristoff: (on his parents‘ short-lived careers) Unfortunately my dad had a broken career in the ‘70s. He’d done a politically charged movie and was put on the black black list. There’s no list blacker, darker or deepest! It was hard to get a job. Mom was from England and studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts. She ended up with a nice career in Hollywood for four years and then she gave it up to tend to the house. Looking back, she shouldn’t have, because she was very talented.

    • Kristoff: (on breaking into show business as a young black actor in the ‘70s) I had the burning ambition from a young age, but it started a little rocky. I’d get a guest spot on Happy Days or Wonder Woman, and then not work for six months and go back to school. The kids at school would say, ‘Hey, ain’t you Rodney Allen Rippy?’ Rippy was another child actor and I remember being asked that a lot, because even though I didn’t look like Rodney, I was another black kid.

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    • In March 2007, Kristoff was awarded the 2007 NAACP Image Award for outstanding actor in a daytime drama series for his role as Neil Winters on Y&R. The awards celebrate the achievements of people of color in literature, tv, film and music.

    • Kristoff posed nude for PETA's Don't Wear Fur Campaign.

    • Kristoff is a keen supporter of animal rights and active member of PETA.

    • Kristoff studied acting at the Virgil Frye Workshop as well as the Tony Morina Workshop.

    • Kristoff has two children, Julian and Paris.

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