Devon Hamilton on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS has survived a lot in his life, including living in the foster care system, losing his hearing, plane crashes, car accidents, and more. The character was introduced back in June of 2004 when actor Bryton James joined the cast of Y&R. Over the years, he has been nominated for six Daytime Emmy Awards for his work and took home the trophy in 2007 for Outstanding Younger Actor.
Introduced as a delinquent living in group homes, Devon was taken in and fostered by Drucilla and Neil Winters. In 2006, Devon contracted meningitis and completely lost his hearing, so he underwent a cochlear implant to restore it. Neil and Dru finally adopted the teen in December of 2006, but the following spring, Devon was devastated when Dru was presumed dead. Devon began dating Roxanne, a friend of his sister, Lily Winters, and met his aunt Tyra and her adopted daughter, Ana Hamilton, who is really Devon’s half-sister, both abandoned by their mother, Yolanda. Neil was by then married to Karen Taylor, but Devon caught his father having an affair with Tyra. And after it was revealed that Tyra was also adopted into the family, Devon ended up having an affair with her, too! Roxanne dumped him and Tyra left town with Anna.
After graduating college, Devon got a job at Tucker McCall’s record label producing with Noah Newman but after he was fired, Katherine Chancellor hired him to run her new label. Next, Devon learned that Tucker was his biological father, and was reunited with his mother, who was now calling herself Harmony. After failing to sign Angelina Veneziano to a contract, Devon closed down his record label and got a job working in marketing at Jabot Cosmetics. When Katherine passed away, Devon was stunned to learn he’d inherited the bulk of her estate. He struggled to come to terms with his new wealth, and became paranoid.
Devon bought the Genoa City Athletic Club and hired Lily and Cane Ashby to run it. He had fallen for Hilary Curtis, and was upset when she married Neil. After the wedding, Devon drowned his sorrows and confessed his love, and she ultimately returned his feelings. But they couldn’t tell Neil the truth because he’d been electrocuted and lost his sight. The pair began having an affair behind his back, but Neil regained his vision and saw them together. After he confronted them on a trip to Chicago, their plane went down and they all nearly died. Devon was devastated when Hilary claimed she’d faked her love to avenge her mother’s death, but she later admitted she was just pushing him away so he could salvage his relationship with his father.
After divorcing Neil, Hilary married Devon but went missing while on their honeymoon. Devon was the prime suspect, but it turned out Neil had rescued her after her accident and kept her hidden as a doctor tried to bring her out of her coma. Unfortunately, Hilary had amnesia and thought she was married to Neil, and even after regaining her memories, didn’t remember her love for Devon. After Neil rejected her, Hilary tried to go back to Devon but he wasn’t sure he could trust her feelings.
Devon tried to bribe GC Buzz into killing a story about Jack Abbott and when it backfired, ended up buying the production company to shut it down entirely. Hilary convinced him to keep the show on the air but change how they reported things. Devon agreed and hired Hilary to be the lead anchor, but they clashed when her desire for ratings didn’t mesh with his intention to report without destroying lives. He hired Mariah Copeland to keep Hilary on the right path, and they also didn’t get along.
Following a big fight, Devon stormed out on Hilary and got into a car accident that nearly killed him. Though she was by his side as he recovered, they ultimately split and she got ownership of GC Buzz in the divorce. Devon created the Hamilton-Winters Group with Neil and they acquired Mergeron Enterprises. Devon signed Tessa Porter to his new record label and tried to date Mariah, but it didn’t work out because she had fallen for Tessa.
Hilary was determined to have a baby, and Devon eventually agreed to be her sperm donor. He insisted they were not getting back together, but having a baby ultimately did lead to another reunion. They moved in together and invited Shauna, the teen Hilary had been mentoring, to live with them. However, Lily didn’t approve of their reunion and continued to spar with Hilary. As they were fighting in the car, a truck hit them and Hilary was gravely injured. Devon arranged for them to be remarried in her hospital bed shortly before she passed away. Overwhelmed with grief, Devon blamed Lily for the accident and she decided to confess and go to prison for her part in Hilary’s death.
Devon had just pulled himself out of the hole created by his wife’s death when Neil passed away unexpectedly. Thankfully, he has Elena Dawson to cheer him up as his growing feelings for the nurse seem to be healing his broken heart. Stay tuned to find out how Devon’s story continues, and for more Y&R news, keep reading the CBS edition of Soaps In Depth magazine!