Jack Abbott things to know Y&R

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In honor of Peter Bergman’s birthday…

Thursday June 11 marks the 67th birthday of Young and the Restless veteran actor Peter Bergman who has played the iconic role of Jack Abbott since 1989. In fact, Bergman is one of those actors who can say they’ve appeared in not one, but two memorable daytime roles, having also played All My Children’s Dr. Cliff Warner on ABC from 1979 to 1989 before heading to the CBS soap opera.

It wasn’t too long ago when we brought readers some fast facts with 11 things to know about Peter Bergman and also compiled various significant points in Jack Abbott’s life, so today we’re honoring him with a little fan fiction, wondering how Jack’s birthday could go down since he too is celebrating this month – on June 29.

We’ve invited just a handful of residents for ‘Jack’s Birthday Bash’ and Jack’s holed up at the Abbott cabin getting some much needed rest and relaxation out in the wilderness. And with others still self-isolating as well, gifts have started to arrive… Jack thinks back on his many business acquaintances over the years, along with a few very close friends. Thoughts of Neil Winters and Katherine Chancellor cause him to smile through a twinge of sadness. He looks down at the first gift and sighs, “Nik…” Too many memories to count, Jack holds Nikki Newman close to his heart and opens a beautifully wrapped box containing a silk tie. He can’t contain his laughter while reading her note, “My bigger gift to you is keeping Victor home and away from your special day…” Next, Jack removes a tablet from a box. “Oh Red…” He ponders what Phyllis sent and plays the video filled with birthday wishes and virtual kisses.

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Jack saved the best for last, the presents from his family. Though a close-knit bunch, who has had their fair share of issues like many others, he recalls more than ever that when it counts, “the Abbotts are there for each other.” Jack looks through the cloth-covered family scrapbook from Ashley, Traci and Billy labeled ‘Happy Birthday, Jackie’ on the front. He takes in each memorable moment from the past, including those with their father John, and happier times with their mother Dina. Jack swipes away a lone tear then opens Kyle’s package – a retro camera with a note that reads, “Stop and capture the moment.” Jack looks around the cabin at all the gifts then walks to the window… from across the lawn, near the woods, three cardinals appear and Jack’s reminded that those who are no longer with him will always be there in spirit…

On that note, we wish Peter Bergman a very happy birthday! With any luck, now that studios have been green-lighted to resume production, hopefully we’ll see him back on Young and the Restless as Jack Abbott soon. Take a look at 20 photos in the gallery below of Bergman as Jack…