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Don Diamont Reveals His Most Influential Mentor


After a brief stint playing Carlo Forenza on DAYS OF OUR LIVES, Don Diamont joined the cast of CBS sudser THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS as Brad Carlton in 1985, and says that he was very grateful to have Beth Maitland (Traci) take him under the wing as he settled into Genoa City.

“She was so accomplished,” Diamont recalled to Soap Opera Digest. “And even though I had been on DAYS, I was still really green and she really taught me a lot. She was really supportive. Some people were unintentional mentors in a way — maybe by some poor behavior, but I learned a lot from that, too.

Y&R Traci Brad
Diamont also counts Traci and Brad’s wedding as his most memorable soap nuptials.Aaron Montgomery/

“But I have to give it to Beth,” he continued. “I was absolutely blessed to work so closely with her for such a long time – so talented, so kind, and so present. I was incredibly fortunate. And Jerry Douglas (ex-John, Y&R), as well.”

And although he was killed off of Y&R back in 2009, Diamont then found further success in daytime playing Bill Spencer on sister soap THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL almost immediately. But he still remains close with many of his former Genoa City neighbors. “Peter [Bergman, Jack] was certainly my closest pal on Y&R, and he’s still one my closest pals,” he confided. 

So as you enjoy watching Diamont as Bill on B&B, remember that you have Maitland to thank for helping make him the talented actor he is today!

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