Jerry Douglas

Jerry Douglas


11/12/1932, Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Birth Name

Gerald Rubenstein


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Born and raised in Chelsea, Massachusetts, Jerry Douglas joined the cast of The Young and the Restless in March 1982. Jerry attended Brandeis University on a football scholarship, where he graduated with a BS degree in Economics. Upon graduating from college, Jerry studied acting - and it paid…more


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  • Jerry Douglas is a class act. He played the role of John Abbott for 20+ years and loyal Y&R fans grew to love him. His departure from the show was both a shock and a great loss to Y&R. We will all miss Jerry.moreless

    What can I say about Jerry Douglas? He will always be "John Abbott" to me. I feel like I've grown up with the Abbott children, and with John Abbott as a true father figure. He was a man of great integrity, sound morals, and deeply attached to his children. He raised three children when his wife walked out on them. He remarried a few times, unsucessfully, but never wavered his attention away from his children, who remained the most important people in his life. What a great Dad he was, and a wonderful role model to those Abbott kids, and to the many young teenagers and young adults who grew to love watching his role as "John Abbott" on Y&R. His departure from Y&R was very sad and he will be greatly missed.moreless