Doug Davidson

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Doug Davidson
Born Douglas Donald Davidson
(1954-10-24) October 24, 1954 (age 63)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1978—present
Spouse(s) Cindy Fisher (m. 1984)
Children 2

Douglas Donald "Doug" Davidson (born October 24, 1954 in Glendale, California) is an American television actor. He has portrayed private investigator Paul Williams on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless since May 1978,[1] making him the series' longest-serving current cast member.

Career[edit]

Davidson appeared as captain of The Young and the Restless team when they played for charity on Family Feud several times from 1989 until 1993. Through connections he made during those appearances, Davidson eventually got a position hosting a five-night-a-week, syndicated, half-hour version of the game show The New Price Is Right, beginning on September 12, 1994,[1] the show was canceled just four and a half months later on January 27, 1995. Davidson was one of a few people given an audition to replace Bob Barker after his retirement from The Price Is Right in June 15, 2007,[2] a role which ultimately went to Drew Carey. Davidson has also hosted the live stage show adaptation, The Price Is Right Live!, at Harrah's-owned casinos in Las Vegas, Nevada.[1]

From 1998 through 2003, Davidson served as a host of the annual Tournament of Roses Parade.[1]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married to actress Cindy Fisher since 1984, they have two children, daughter Calyssa and son Caden.

For 35 years, Davidson's acting mentor on The Young and the Restless was Jeanne Cooper who played Katherine Chancellor, between May 23, 1978, until her death on May 8, 2013, of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. As an unfamiliar actor to Daytime Television, he was so blessed to have worked with the already legendary and former struggling actress, and became close friends, in real-life, though the two didn't share the same scene or the same line, and didn't come to the same set, everyday, the two have made guest appearances on shows such as: Diagnosis Murder, in 1995, and 2 years later on The Nanny, in 1997. The most coincidental thing is his birthday, was the day before his series' lead, despite being 26 years apart, after he lost her, he was one of the people to have closed her dressing room, placing a commemorative plate, pinpointing her tenure on the show.[3] He said in a 2014 interview about working with Jeanne Cooper, who'd been on the show for nearly 4 decades (who was the longest-running cast member at the time, until her 2013 death): "This was not an accident we chose to do our interview here in the Chancellor mansion, she lives with us every day. Her spirit reigns through these halls, she was one of the most amazing women I`ve ever met. She was a mother, a confidant, an executive, she held the bar so high."[4]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1977 Fraternity Row Collin
1978 The Initiation of Sarah Tommy TV movie
1978–present The Young and the Restless Paul Williams Contract role
1987 I'll Take Manhattan Male Model TV miniseries
1994 Mr. Write Roger
1994–95 The New Price Is Right Host Syndicated, half-hour version
1999 Dreaming of Joseph Lees Saxophone Player

Awards and nominations[edit]

List of acting awards and nominations
Year Award Category Title Result Ref.
1986
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Young Lead Actor The Young and the Restless Nominated
[5]
1988
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Hero: Daytime The Young and the Restless Nominated
[6]
1990
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Hero: Daytime The Young and the Restless Won
[7]
1991
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Hero: Daytime The Young and the Restless Won
[8]
1992
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Supporting Actor: Daytime The Young and the Restless Won
[9]
1997
Soap Opera Digest Award Outstanding Supporting Actor: Daytime The Young and the Restless Won
[10][11]
2003
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
[12]
2010
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
[13]
2011
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
[14]
2013
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won
[15]
2014
Daytime Emmy Award Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Doug Davidson: Biography Archived February 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine. Y&R home page at CBS.com. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 16, 2006. Retrieved March 1, 2012. 
  3. ^ "10 Interesting Facts About Doug Davidson". Soaphub.com. November 10, 2015. Retrieved April 19, 2018. 
  4. ^ "Laila goes to Hollywood: Behind the scenes with Y&R's Doug Davidson". wtkr.com. February 19, 2014. Retrieved April 19, 2018. 
  5. ^ "Event: Soap Opera Digest Awards (1986)". IMDb. February 27, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  6. ^ "Event: Soap Opera Digest Awards (1987)". IMDb. February 27, 2013. Retrieved December 3, 2017. 
  7. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1990". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  8. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1991". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  9. ^ "The Soap Opera Digest Awards: 1992". Soap Opera Digest. Archived from the original on March 3, 2009. Retrieved March 15, 2013. 
  10. ^ "'General Hospital' wins Soap Opera awards". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. March 1, 1997. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Readers just can't cope without scoop on soaps". Sun Journal. Lewiston, Maine. March 28, 1997. Retrieved February 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Nominees for Daytime Emmys". USA Today. Associated Press. March 12, 2003. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The 37th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 12, 2010. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  14. ^ "The 38th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York City: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 11, 2011. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved May 5, 2013. 
  15. ^ "The 40th Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Winners". New York City: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. June 16, 2013. Archived from the original on June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 17, 2013. 
  16. ^ "The 41st Annual Daytime Entertainment Emmy Award Nominations". New York: emmyonline.org and National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. May 1, 2014. Archived from the original on June 23, 2014. Retrieved May 1, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Media offices
Preceded by
Tom Kennedy
Host of The Price Is Right
Syndicated Edition

1994-1995
Succeeded by
Show Cancelled