A Special Occasion Inspires Young & Restless’ Doug Davidson to Open a Little Family Album That’s Big on Memories: ‘Seems Like Yesterday… ’
A precious moment is captured in time between a proud father and his two little ones.
On the heels of Mother’s Day weekend, The Young and the Restless fan favorite Doug Davidson (Paul) shared an adorable blast from the past photo with his two children — who were very young at the time. With the actor in a nursery, sitting in a rocking chair, holding one child, with the other sleeping on a footstool nearby, the photo was captioned, “Seems like yesterday a thousand years ago.”
The Daytime Emmy Award winner has two kids, Calyssa and Caden, with his wife of almost 37 years, actress Cindy Fisher, who turned up in daytime in the 1970s and 1980s on Young & Restless (ex-Rebecca/ex-Dana) and Days of Our Lives (ex-Patti Griffin) — and it’s been quite some time, last November, in fact, since we’ve seen Davidson’s character in Genoa City.
Back in March, the actor took to social media and announced, “I think I’m done,” having had enough of being treated like a dayplayer. Fans haven’t been the only ones to voice their disappointment in the lack of seeing Davidson on the CBS soap opera…
Last week, castmate Eric Braeden (Victor) made it very clear where he stood by stating, “I think it is utterly wrong that he isn’t involved in storylines!” Davidson was quick to give thanks to his friend by expressing, “You are so incredibly kind.”
Thank you, my friend. You are so incredibly kind https://t.co/yQOfmGFz2c
— Doug Davidson (@DougDavidsonYR) May 8, 2021
We would love nothing more than to have Paul back on the scene, wouldn’t you? Share your thoughts in the comment section then take a moment to look back at photo highlights of the life and times of Paul in our gallery below.
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<p>Back in 1978, Doug Davidson was an aspiring marine biologist and model — what? They can go together! — when he was chosen by <em>The Young and the Restless</em>’ co-creator, the late William J. Bell, to play himbo Paul Williams opposite Erica Hope as naughty Nikki Reed.</p>
<p>Paul’s fling with Nikki (soon enough Melody Thomas Scott) went, as one would expect, down the drain after he gave her an STD. When subsequent girlfriend April Stevens refused his request to have an abortion, the beach bum ran off with Nikki and joined a cult.</p>
<p>Eventually, Paul began to straighten up and fly right, focusing more on his career as a private eye than on his hobby of scoring. Heck, the new and improved Paul didn’t even balk when pop star Danny Romalotti photo-bombed his official gumshoe portrait with partner Andy Richards.</p>
<p>There was no quantity of spare ribs and sauerkraut that Paul’s mom Mary could cook that could’ve dissuaded him from marrying mostly reformed bad girl Lauren Fenmore. He thought that in her, he had found not only real but lasting love. If only she hadn’t had that unstoppable stalker…</p>
<p>For a minute there, Paul thought that he and Lauren were going to get a second chance. But then she went and submitted a photo of him in his birthday suit to a centerfold contest, and well… We’ll just let Mary’s expression sum up the odds of that reunion sticking.</p>
<p>If Mary thought Lauren was bad — and she did — Cassandra Rawlins was worse. The seductress first entangled Paul in an extramarital affair, then got him accused of her husband’s murder while she jetted off and canoodled with her spare loverboy.</p>
<p>After his tumultuous relationships with Lauren and Cassandra, Paul finally gave besotted secretary Lynne Bassett a shot… but wound up ending their romance before it had really even begun because suddenly, his eyes were only for Danny’s ex, lawyer Christine Blair.</p>
<p>While Paul’s new bride spent copious amounts of time working on cases out of town, he busied himself by… Oh, Paul, no. He fell back on old habits like carrying on with the first woman who threw herself at him, in this case, off-kilter client Isabella Brana.</p>
<p>Christine’s engagement to Michael Baldwin, the legal partner who once tried to rape her, drove Paul to… Oh, Paul, no. He freaking assaulted her himself. Somehow, even after that, she returned to town — in disguise, no less — and proved just how rotten coconspirators Michael and Isabella really were.</p>
<p>When Lauren’s old nemesis Sheila Carter returned with a new face — that of her pal, Phyllis Summers — Paul did what the police never seemed able to and threw her behind bars. Which was tough to explain to his new girlfriend, Detective Maggie Sullivan.</p>
<p>Having dated just about every other woman in Genoa City, Paul circled back to Nikki just long enough for him to be reminded that, let’s be real, her heart was only truly ever going to belong to her on-again/off-again husband, Victor Newman.</p>
<p>Paul’s investigation of Genoa City newcomer Mary Jane Benson yielded a most unexpected discovery: She was his unstable sister, Patty. “If he’s such a great detective,” you might wonder, “why didn’t he recognize her?” Ah, she had a new face, you see, courtesy of Victor, who wanted to use her as a weapon against archenemy Jack Abbott.</p>
<p>It seemed altogether <em>too</em> much like old times to Nina Webster when — just like Phillip Chancellor had preferred Christine to her — Paul gave her the heave-ho to reunite with his ex. At least Paul didn’t turn out to have really been gay the whole time he and Nina were together.</p>
<p>With Isabella long gone (RIP), Paul had high hopes of establishing a relationship with their grown son, Ricky. Unfortunately, he turned out to be as unhinged as his mother and, in the end, forced his devastated Dad to put him down to save the life of Michael’s half sister, Eden. (It’s OK; we barely remember her, either.)</p>
<p>In 2013, Paul discovered that Heather (his daughter with April) and Ricky weren’t his only children: At the commune with Nikki all those years ago, the two of them had, erm, <em>communed</em>. The result of their trysts was surprise son Dylan McAvoy.</p>
<p>You would’ve thought that being Genoa City’s chief of police would put Paul in the thick of things. But in recent years, he’s been as hard to find as the title character in a <em>Where’s Waldo</em>? book. Everyone from fans to Eric Braeden (Victor) has expressed their dismay over the character and his portrayer’s vanishing act. Yet they’ve remained “missing persons.” Will that change? Tune in tomorrow…</p>
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