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The Young & The Restless

Doug Davidson Looks Back at 42 Incredible Years on Y&R (EXCLUSIVE)


It’s sometimes difficult to remember that when Doug Davidson was first hired to play Paul on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, he was a bad boy. “I was brought on to be a bad influence to Nikki,” the Emmy winner reminded Soaps In Depth. “Then [co-creator, the late] Bill Bell transformed the character into a hero.” The actor first reported to work at the Y&R studio on May 15 and his first episode aired just over a week later on May 23!

While his alter ego changed, Davidson said there is one thing that has remained consistent over years — the fans! “I have fans who have been following my career since the first day,” the Y&R vet marveled. “They make tribute videos on YouTube and celebrate storylines. They have been incredibly supportive in the good times and the tough times. It has buoyed me! I don’t think it is something that occurs in other genres, because they’ve lived it day in and day out. It’s hard to explain that you’ve known these people — some I have never met — for 42 years, and there is such camaraderie and closeness, such a familial relationship. I can’t thank them enough!”

Join Davidson on a walk down Memory Lane in the very special gallery below as he peruses some of the most memorable moments from his decades in daytime!

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