Full detailed profile on John Abbott Played by Jerry Douglas on The Young and the Restless Daytime Soap Opera.
Jerry Douglas (CBS)
Actor: Jerry Douglas
Who played John Abbott over the years
Jerry Douglas (March 1982 - August 2006, 2007)
Useful information on John Abbott
Past: Founder and Former Chairman of the Board of Jabot Cosmetics
Past: CEO of Jabot Cosmetics
In 1980, John Abbott was forced to raise his three young children alone after his wife Dina decided that there was more to life than being a wife and mother and left Genoa City. The founder of Jabot Cosmetics, John provided well for his family and was always there to offer up his love and support.
After falling for the much younger Jill Foster, John and Jill went on to marry against his son Jack's objections. During a series of health problems, John ended up suffering from a stroke after finding out that Jill had slept with Jack! John soon filed for divorce. When Jill found out that she was pregnant, but never knew who the father was due to a miscarriage, wanting to keep the family disgrace secret, John awarded Jill a hefty divorce settlement: One-fourth of Jabot, a seat on the board, and an executive job with a salary of $150,000 a year! Through all the drama, Jill ended up being an asset to the company.
Although John's business flourished all the way to the top, Jack's hatred for Victor Newman had placed Jabot out of the hands of the Abbott's and straight into Victor's pocket a time or two! However, John and Victor maintained a mutual respect and the company's best interests were always taken into account.
Not having the best of luck with relationships, John allowed Jill back into his heart and the two remarried and had a son, Billy. Although John wasn't keen on the idea of having another child at his age, he was granted custody of Billy after catching Jill engaged in an affair with Jed Sanders! John and Billy moved to New York to live with Traci.
Years later, John and sixteen year old Billy returned to Genoa City so John could run Jabot and try to make another climb to the top of the cosmetic world. However, after Victor Newman used his money and power to buy the Newman cosmetic line to the front of the shelves, Jabot was facing bankruptcy. In an attempt to show his regrets, Victor offered Jack seventy-five million to settle out of court. Without asking John, Jack turned Victor down, and, in the end, John only received a twenty million dollar settlement for Newman's part in Jabot's demise, with the stipulation that Jack resigned forever. Although it broke John's heart that Jack could no longer work by his side, John needed to do whatever he had to to keep his legacy alive.
Against his family's approval, John went on to marry Gloria Fisher. What John didn't know was that Gloria's divorce from her second husband, Tom Fisher, had never been finalized. Although John was angry that Gloria allowed Tom to blackmail her, he eventually forgave her and married her for real. Tom Fisher continued to harass John's family and even insinuated himself into Ashley's life. Finally having had enough, after John overheard Tom demanding for Gloria to meet with him, he grabbed his gun and took off to face Tom himself!
Later that night, John got in a car accident and ended up in the hospital with no memory of his scuffle with Tom. Tom was found dead and Ashley confessed to his murder to protect her father. Soon, John regained his memory, remembered that the gun had gone off during a struggle with Tom, and came forward with his confession. Although he had only been trying to protect his family, John was sentenced to seven years in prison.
During his time in prison, John tried to remain strong. However, his health soon deteriorated and, in the end, John suffered from a major stroke, and was put on life support. The sad thing was, John had only been a few weeks away from receiving a pardon from the Governor and sent back home to be with his family. After the doctors told John's family that there was no way he'd ever come out of the coma, Jack finally convinced Gloria that John wouldn't want to be kept alive by machines. With his whole family surrounding him, John Abbott, one of Genoa City's strongest, kindest, most loving men around, died in peace. However, John's memory continues to live on through those he loved, in fact, he often appears to son, Jack, as a ghost!
Robert Abbott (father - deceased)
Jack Abbott (son with Dina)
Ashley Abbott (thought to be his daughter, but fathered by Brent Davis)
Traci Abbott Connolly (daughter with Dina)
Billy Abbott (son with Jill Abbott)
Colleen Carlton (granddaughter)
Keemo Volien Abbott (grandson)
Kyle Jenkins (grandson)
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At Jack's place, he tells Hilary he emailed her the sales projections, but not to tackle it tonight - she should be with friends. She asks about his plans. Jack says Kyle's away snowboarding and he doesn't want to push Summer. They wish each other a Merry Christmas. Once alone, Jack looks at photos of Phyllis. John appears. He tells Jack he needs to be with someone who can take care of him - Phyllis wouldn't want to see him home alone talking to a ghost. Jack tells him he's right, but first he has to do something. He calls Phyllis to chat to her. "Merry Christmas, Red. I love you."
At Jabot, Jack apologizes to Devon for asking him to spy on Victor, but adds he's not giving up. They debate about Jack's war with Victor. Devon says he may leave if he finds something he wants to do with his life. He gets a call from the bank. "How much was taken out?" Devon rushes off. John appears to Jack to complain about his pursuing his vendetta against Victor. "Nobody wins." Jack reminds him of his selfless reason for investing in Newman. John says Billy and Summer need him now, and Jill will get burned taking on Newman too. He tells him family means more than revenge. Jack says he's right, but Jill won't back off. Jack flashes to his last conversation with Kyle. He appears. Kyle says he's been thinking about family too. Jill enters and confronts Kyle about Victor. Kyle says he convinced Victor to hire him. Jack is beside himself. "Do you think Victor doesn't know what you're up to?"