'The Young and the Restless' Star Jerry Douglas Dead at 88

"The Young and the Restless"
Jerry Douglas, a soap actor who was well-known for his work in "The Young and the Restless" over many decades, has passed away. TMZ has learned.

According to his family, Jerry died Tuesday following a short illness.

JD logged almost 900 episodes of 'Young & Restless,' dating back decades... he was third actor to portray John Abbott, presiding at the Abbott Mansion for 25 years before the fan-favorite role was eliminated in 2006.

Over the years, he appeared on a lot of other TV shows including "Cold Case", "Melrose Place", "Arrested Development," Mission: Impossible," and "The Incredible Hulk." Just to name a few.

Jerry was also a star on the big screen with roles in films like "JFK", "Good Guys Wear Black", "Mommie Dearest", "Avalanche", "Mommie Dearest", "Head Over Spurs in Love," and "The Godson."

He sang and performed in theatre productions.

Douglas, 88, celebrated his birthday with a group of his former castmates on 'Young & Restless'.

His wife Kym Douglas of 36 years and his sons Jod and Hunter and his daughter Avra are his survivors.