Jerry Douglas, patriarch John Abbott on ‘Young & the Restless,’ dead at 88

He was 88.

Douglas was cherished on the soap as the chairman of Jabot Cosmetics, a function he started in 1982.

John Abbott, along with his kids Jack, Traci, Ashley, and Billy comprised among the most well-known households on the CBS daytime drama.

John Abbott was exterminated the program in 2006; Douglas continued to emerge regularly as the ghost of the character.

He last appeared on the soap in 2016.

The series commemorated Douglas on social networks.

“Please join us in sending our condolences to the family of Jerry Douglas, known for his long-running role as the iconic John Abbott on the The Young and the Restless,” a tweet on the daytime drama’s validated Twitter account. “He will be greatly missed by the Y&R family.”

Last month, a few of his previous costars commemorated his approaching 89th birthday and starlet Lauralee Bell shared a picture of the event on her validated Instagram account.

“Feel so lucky to have been included in this unbelievably special birthday lunch for Jerry Douglas!,” Bell composed in the caption. “Thank you @peterbergmanyr and @eileendavidsonofficial so much! I will cherish this afternoon always.”

After the death was revealed, Bell was among the lots of who paid Douglas homage.

“I was lucky enough to know Jerry since I was young,” she composed on Instagram. “At times he felt like a father figure (maybe because we all wanted John Abbott as our father) and sometimes he’d remind me of my dad, but more often with all the events we’ve had, filled with laughs, he was the kindest man and the sweetest friend and I will miss him so much!”

Douglas was born Massachusetts and his ability at playing football won him a scholarship to Brandeis University.

He quit his strategy of finishing law school to pursue acting and studied with Uta Hagen in New York City and Jeff Corey in Los Angeles.

His very first credited function on IMDB.com was as a gangster in the movie “Blast of Silence” in 1961.

Douglas went on to appear in several television programs and movies such as “The Untouchables,” “The Donna Reed Show,” “Gunsmoke,” “Mommie Dearest” and “JFK.”

However it was “The Young and the Restless” that made him well-known.

“On behalf of the entire company of The Young and the Restless, we send our deepest sympathies to the Douglas family on the passing of Jerry Douglas,” Anthony Morina, executive manufacturer of “The Young and the Restless,” informed Due date in a declaration.

“Jerry came to Y&R in 1982 with an impressive resume of credits,” included Morina. “Our show was lucky to have an actor of his caliber join the Y&R cast and introduce the audience to the iconic Abbott family. His contribution to the legacy of Y&R as Abbott family patriarch, John Abbott is still felt to this day. He will be sorely missed.”

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.