For over a little over 40 years now, the residents of Genoa City have been keeping soap opera fans entertained with romance, intrigue and drama! Centered around the corporate struggles of the Newmans and the Abbotts, Young and the Restless (Y&R) audiences have seen their fair share of unique characters come and go, and then there are those special characters that have stuck around, evolved and continue to entertain us weekly. Below is an overview of the five longest-running Y&R roles, that have now become iconic in the land of soap operas.
5. Jack Abbott
Can any Y&R fan even begin to imagine a Genoa City without Jack Abbott? The role debuted in 1980 and has undoubtedly become a staple on the soap opera since. While Jack has had some legendary romances with some incredible Y&R leading ladies, his longstanding feud with Victor Newman just might be the relationship he is most known for. In the over 35 years of the Jack Abbott character, only two actors have played him: Terry Lester, who originated the role from 1980 to 1989, and Peter Bergman, who took over when Lester left and has been playing Jack Abbott since.