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John Abbott
Jerry Douglas as John Abbott
The Young and the Restless
Portrayed by Brett Hasley (1980-1981)
Jerry Douglas (1982-2019)
Jonathan Stoddard (2017-2019; flashbacks as younger John)
Current status Former, Recurring
Duration 1980-2006, recurring 2007-2019 (as a spirit)
First appearance 1980
Last appearance June 17, 2022
Cause/reason Appeared in flashbacks
Created by William J. Bell
Family Abbott
Full name John Robert Abbott, Sr.
Namesake(s) John "Jack" Abbott Jr.
John Abbott III
John "Johnny" Abbott IV
Gender Male
Born August 1, 1940
Died August 18, 2006
Age 66 (at time of death)
Cause of death Stroke
Occupation Businessman
Residence Genoa City, Wisconsin
Parents Robert Abbott
Siblings Ivan Abbott
Spouses Dina Mergeron (1956-1970s)
Jill Abbott (1982-1986, 1993- 1996)
Jessica Blair (1988-1989)
Gloria Abbott Bardwell (2004-2006)
Romances Katherine Chancellor
Ellen Winters
Joanna Manning
Leanna Love
Mamie Johnson
Gina Roma
Children Jack Abbott
Traci Abbott
Billy Abbott
Ashley Abbott (legal)
Grandchildren Keemo Volien Abbott
John Abbott III
Kyle Abbott
Colleen Carlton
Abby Newman (legal)
Delia Abbott
Johnny Abbott
Katie Newman
Great-grandchildren Allie Nguyen (via, Keemo)
Harrison Locke (via, Kyle)
Dominic Newman-Abbott-Winters-Chancellor (via, Abby) (legal)

John Abbott was a fictional character on The Young and the Restless, portrayed by Jerry Douglas, from March 1982 to August 2018. He was originally portrayed by Brett Hasley from 1980-1981, and was portrayed Jonathan Stoddard on June 12, 2017 in flashbacks. Jerry Douglas appeared again as John in flashbacks on February 19, 2020.

On October 24, 25, and 26 2018, Jonathan Stoddard reprised the role of young John Abbott in flashbacks.

Stoddard reprised the role of John in flashbacks once again on September 2 and appeared to Jack as his younger self on September 3.


John Abbott was the son of Robert Abbott. He had one brother named Ivan. The founder of Genoa City conglomerate Jabot Cosmetics and a wealthy pillar of the community, John was married to Dina Mergeron and had three children, Jack Abbott, Ashley Abbott and Traci Abbott Connolly. Ashley wasn't John's biological daughter, but the product of an affair Dina had with a tennis instructor by the name of Brent Davis. John was never made aware that Ashley wasn't biologically his, but he is Ashley's legal father. He then married Jill Foster and had another son, Billy Abbott. He was the grandfather of of Jack's sons: Keemo Volien Abbott, the late John Abbott III and Kyle Abbott, Traci's daughter: the late Colleen Carlton, Ashley's daughter: Abby Newman, and Billy's children: the late Delia Abbott, Johnny Abbott and Katie Newman. He was the great-grandfather of Keemo's daughter, Allie Nguyen, Kyle's son, Harrison Locke and Abby's son, Dominic Newman-Abbott-Winters-Chancellor.

John had previously been married to Dina, Jessica Blair and twice to Jill. He had affairs with Katherine Chancellor, Ellen Winters, Joanna Manning, Mamie Johnson and Gina Roma.

In 2004, he married Gloria Fisher, though the marriage later proved to be invalid when Gloria discovered that her divorce from previous husband Tom Fisher had never been finalized. John later remarried Gloria in a small ceremony in his home. Shortly before his death, John had begun serving a seven year prison sentence for fatally shooting Tom, who had made threats to Ashley and whom he believed had murdered Michael Baldwin's wife Lauren Fenmore. Prior to being released from prison, John noticed he was having trouble seeing out of his right eye. At the Genoa City Memorial Hospital, he had a stroke. He had another massive stroke soon after which left him incapable of breathing on his own.

His wife, Gloria, decided to let John go after Jack threatened her with legal action. John was taken off life support and died on August 18, 2006 with his family and close friends by his side. After his death, it was revealed that John's second marriage to Gloria was also invalid, as his lawyer never filed the papers with the court. Also, though John had rewritten his will to leave half of his estate to Gloria, Jack had exploited a period of temporary dementia his father experienced during his time in prison and coerced him into writing a new will in which he divided his estate among his children only (including Ashley).

Since October 2006, John has occasionally appeared as a spirit that only Jack and Billy can see and hear.

Jack's plot was publicly revealed in December 2007 through a letter John had written to Gloria after he wrote the second will and before his death. He entrusted the letter to a friend he had made in prison.