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Denis Guignebourg/JPI, CBS/Courtesy of the Everett Collection, Aaron Montgomery/JPI, Jill Johnson/JPI (2)

On June 21, 1994, fans of the CBS soap were introduced to a whole new version of Victor and Nikki’s one and only son.

All those years ago, Joshua Morrow was crushed. He’d auditioned to the nth for the part of The Bold and the Beautiful stripper Dylan — and hadn’t gotten it. But about a week later, he got a life-changing call: The Young and the Restless wanted to meet with him. “I assumed it was going to be the same process, going in four different times,” he told TV Insider in 2019. “It wasn’t.”

Instead, Morrow read for the casting director, sat down with late co-creator William J. Bell, and boom, he was offered the role. So in the end, “not getting Dylan was the greatest ’failure’ of my life,” summed up the actor, now not only a fan favorite but a five-time Emmy nominee.

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, from left: Josh Morrow, Heather Tom, 1990s, 1973-, ph: Monty Brinton /© CBS /Courtesy Everett Collection

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At this point, the leading man is as pivotal to the show as “Nadia’s Theme” and shipper wars between supporters of “Phick” and “Shick.” And he’s not only a chemistry magnet on screen — he could throw sparks with walls, never mind actresses! — he’s beloved off screen. “I can’t think of Young & Restless without Joshua,” TV dad Eric Braeden (Victor) said in 2019. “He is an integral part of what makes the show a success. One of the nicest colleagues I ever worked with and a damned good actor!”

And thankfully, Morrow seems to have no, or less than no interest, in moving on. As he told Soap Opera Digest back when he was a teenager newly signed to the sudser, “I’m not some model-turned-actor guy who’s just doing it for a buck.”

Amen to that. On this auspicious occasion, celebrate with the below photo gallery of highlights of Morrow’s legendary run as Nick. Then hit the comments with your favorite memory of his stint in the role.