Bill Spencer has always been trouble on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL, but occasionally his nefarious actions lead some fans to fear the character could be painting himself into a corner he can’t get out of. However, they shouldn’t worry too much, because Bill has done some pretty awful things in the past and he’s always managed to wriggle out of it!
Bill Spencer Jr. made his debut on B&B in 2009 when actor Don Diamont joined the soap fresh off of his two-decade run on sister soap THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, where he played Brad Carlton. Bill is the previously unseen son of publishing tycoon Bill Spencer, who was a main character for the first seven years of the show. After the senior Spencer died, Bill received half of Spencer Publications and was named co-CEO with his sister, Karen.
The first thing Bill did to put the publishing company on the map was hire Stephanie Forrester to write a scandalous daily blog called “The Logan Chronicles.” This gave Stephanie the opportunity to take revenge on ex-husband Eric Forrester and his new wife, Donna Logan. Meanwhile, Bill began dating Katie Logan, and despite her sisters’ protests that he was just using her, the couple was married at her childhood home.
When the Forresters just missed a loan payment, Bill pressured the bank to foreclose and Forrester Creations became a subsidiary of Spencer. Katie discovered that Bill was acting on his father’s dying wish to destroy Eric and his company. But Steffy Forrester managed to blackmail Bill into selling the company back to the family by nearly seducing him and stealing Katie’s ring off their dresser. Still, Bill later helped Donna win a percentage of Forrester in her divorce settlement and bought it off of her.
Bill learned that he was the father of Liam Cooper, and welcomed him into the family. Although he may have taken the paternal thing a little too far when he nearly let Amber die after she claimed to be pregnant with Liam’s son! And after deciding not to leave Katie for Steffy, he tried to push Liam and Steffy together instead, even arranging for an impromptu wedding for the couple in Aspen.
Worried about Katie’s health when she became pregnant, he suggested she terminate it but ultimately accepted her decision to carry the child and welcomed William into the world. Unfortunately, Katie suffered from postpartum depression and left him, pushing Bill towards her sister, Brooke! Even after Katie recovered and returned to him, Bill couldn’t resist his feelings for the blonde, and after going back and forth multiple times between the two women, Brooke found she was pregnant with Bill’s child. Sadly, she miscarried, and Katie insisted on a divorce.
When Liam planned to marry Hope in Italy, Bill got her father, Deacon, out of prison and used him to put the kibosh on the nuptials. Later, Bill discovered he had another son to boss around when Quinn admitted that her son, Wyatt, was actually his. And after a near-death experience while rock climbing, Bill decided to dump Brooke to return to Katie and their son. But when Brooke decided to remarry Ridge, an upset Bill got so drunk he ended up in bed with Quinn!
Bill wound up back with Brooke again while Katie planned to marry Ridge! So Brooke and Bill decided to beat them to the punch and tied the knot in Dubai. Ridge followed to stop them and Bill had Justin throw Ridge from a helicopter into the ocean! Although Ridge was feared dead, he was soon discovered alive and suffering from amnesia. Brooke was disgusted with Bill’s actions, and they split up. So Bill went back to Katie, and they ended up tying the knot again.
After learning that Maya is transgender, Bill rushed to publish the scandalous story in the hopes it would destroy Rick, but later regretted his actions and even attended the couple’s wedding. Worried about her sister being alone all the time, Katie urged Brooke to come work at Spencer with her and Bill. This was a bad idea, as being in such close proximity to each other led to Bill and Brooke confessing that they were still in love with each other. A jealous Katie drowned her sorrows in alcohol and demanded a divorce.
Bill managed to woo Brooke away from Ridge when she learned he was carrying on with Quinn behind her back, but their marriage was short-lived. Brooke dumped him when she learned the truth that he’d had someone set fire to the Spectra Fashions offices and then tried to demolish the building while Sally and Liam were still inside! Eventually, Bill found comfort with an equally distraught Steffy, and the two finally consummated their long-simmering relationship! Desperate to reconcile with Liam, Steffy was worried when she got pregnant, but relieved to learn Bill wasn’t the father.
Bill attempted to woo Steffy away from Liam, but ultimately failed. He was also the center of a whodunnit mystery when an unseen assailant broke into his home and shot him in the back! It was later revealed to be Taylor Hayes trying to protect her daughter from the cad. After finally giving up on Steffy, Bill turned his attentions to Brooke, but she insisted she was happily married to Ridge. When Katie realized how much Bill was neglecting their son, she decided to sue for custody of Will, and even married Thorne Forrester to help her case.
Although Katie was awarded custody of Will, Brooke informed her sister it was because Ridge had pressured the Judge. So Bill was happy when Katie allowed him to spend more time with Will, even though she didn’t explain why. But Bill got himself into more trouble when he started putting the moves on Brooke again. Ridge got so angry that his warning to stay away from his wife turned into a fight that landed Bill in the hospital after a deadly fall! In an effort to make amends, Bill changed his ways and seemed to have turned over a new leaf as he bonded with Will and reconciled with Katie. He did have a bit of a scare when he thought Flo might be his daughter from a fling he’d had with Sasha, but a DNA test left him in the clear. Bill tried to make things official with Katie, but she’s unsure if she can really trust that he’s a changed man.
Stay tuned to see how Bill’s story continues, and for more B&B news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!