The young and the restless Star Peter Bergman may be a series veteran right now, but he was once a newcomer. In a recent interview, he opened up about his debut on the show as Jack Abbott many years ago.
Peter Bergman’s Jack Abbott is now family patriarch in ‘The Young and the Restless’
Jack best known to be the son of John Abbott, and later the patriarch of the Abbott family. Yet perhaps his most global storyline is his long-standing feud with Victor Newman. The character has been married to Patty Williams, Lindsey Wells, Nikki Newman, Luan Volien, Phyllis Summers and Sharon Newman. He has two children Keemo Volien Abbott and Kyle Abbott.
Now that John is dead, Jack has been the patriarch of the Abbott family for several years on the show.
“Jack started out as the bad boy descended from the family fortune,” Bergman told SoapHub. He learned empathy by breaking his heart and not responding to what he thought his father wanted him to be. He struggled in his relationships with his sisters [Ashley, Eileen Davidson, and Traci, Beth Maitland], and their mother leaving them at a young age. All of these things, including the passing of his father, perhaps the biggest event of his life, made Jack stronger.
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Peter Bergman recalls his first day as Jack Abbott in ‘The Young and the Restless’
In a recent interview with Soaps in Depth to celebrate the 48th anniversary of The young and the restless, Bergman opened up about his time on the show, including his first day on set as Jack.
He started off by saying, “My first day on Y&R… you have to understand that I left my wife with our three week old daughter in New York to come and live here, live with her parents in Encino for a few days. before I go back to New York.
The actor went on to talk about diving into scenes with two very important characters in Jack’s story.
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“I had scenes with Jess Walton (Jill) and Jerry Douglas (ex-John),” Bergman explained. “Jess was this wonderfully eccentric actress and character. I remembered my life in the theater with Jess.
He went on to explain how Douglas felt good to replace someone on the show. “Jerry is a guy in love,” he continued. “Jack’s arrival was something that was good for him if it worked out well, so he was cheering me on. But he also encouraged me because I was an actor. Because I was a person who came to replace someone who had been there for some time. And he knew it was a difficult thing. So he was very, very generous and very kind to me on the first day.
The young and the restless airs weekdays on CBS.
[Correction: An earlier version erroneously referred to “the late” Jerry Douglas.]