Remembering Y&R Alum Beau Kayser
Gone too soon.
Genoa City’s Brock Reynolds, son of Katherine Chancellor (the late Jeanne Cooper), was always a popular character on “Y&R,” and fans were genuinely happy to see him return whenever Beau Kayser reprised the role over the years, so it was with great sadness that Soaps.com reported Kayser’s recent death at the age of 63.
Beau Kayser began playing Brock on “The Young and the Restless” back in 1974, left in 1980, returned from 1984 – 1986, returned again from 1988 – 1992, and finally did a stint from 1999 – 2003. After that, Kayser popped in as Brock only occasionally, most recently for Katherine Chancellor’s funeral following the real-life death of Jeanne Cooper. In Cooper’s memoir, Not Young, Still Restless, she revealed that she and Kayser had been romantically involved in the past and remained dear friends, which made his return after death all the more poignant.
Beau Kayser, who was born in Toronto, studied acting at the Stella Adler Studio of Acting and went on to land his "Y&R" role from there. His other acting credits included playing Port Charles' Dr. Bunny Wilson on "General Hospital," and appearances on television series such as "BJ and the Bear," "Hardcase," "Barnaby Jones," and "Hart to Hart." Kayser was also credited for a scene from Robert DeNiro's film, "Taxi Driver," in which an episode of "Y&R" with Brock and Jill (then Brenda Dickson) was playing in the background.
Kayser married a photographer, Sharon Alkus, and they lived on a ranch in California until his death in Thousand Oaks on December 30.
- Candace Young