Victor Newman has led quite a life on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS, but sometimes fans worry it could all be coming to an end. But if you take a look back at everything he’s survived so far — murder attempts, health crisises, etc — you’ll see this is one man who never says die!
Victor Newman was introduced to Y&R when Eric Braeden joined the cast in February of 1980. Victor and his wife, Julia, moved to Genoa City to help Katherine Chancellor run Chancellor Industries. But he created Newman Enterprises and cheated on Julia with Eve Howard and Lorie Brooks. Julia was cheating on him as well, and when she got pregnant, Victor assumed it was Michael’s baby. But when she lost the child, it turned out it was Victor’s all along. After Julia left with Michael, Victor romanced Nikki Reed, teaching the stripper about the finer things in life. Then things got complicated as Nikki got involved with other men all while giving birth to Victor’s daughter, Victoria Newman. Eventually, Nikki and Victor were able to set everyone else aside and tie the knot in 1984.
Unfortunately, Victor then fell for Ashley Abbott and their affair inspired Nikki to sleep with Jack Abbott for revenge. After he left her, Nikki was diagnosed with cancer, so Victor returned to salvage their marriage. This resulted in the birth of their son, Nicholas Newman. He took over Jack’s family business, Jabot Cosmetics, so Jack took revenge by marrying Nikki, leaving Victor free to marry Ashley. During an argument with Jack, Victor suffered a heart attack and his rival left him for dead! Victor recovered, and divorced Ashley to reconnect with Nikki, whose relationship with Jack was falling apart.
Eve returned with her son, Cole, who romanced Victoria, unaware he was supposedly Victor’s son. Victor, meanwhile, let everyone think he was dead and went to live on a farm in Kansas with Hope Adams. When he brought her back to Genoa City with him, they were married. Cole and Victoria had eloped, and were horrified to think they were siblings. Thankfully, after his mother’s death, Cole learned the truth that he was not Victor’s child. Victor and Hope had a son, Victor Adam Newman, Jr.
When Victor didn’t want to go back to Kansas, Hope left him and took Adam back with her alone. Nikki returned to Victor after he was shot by Mari Jo Mason, but their reunion was brief. Victor next married Diane Jenkins, but divorced her to marry Nikki on what he feared was her deathbed. Nikki survived, but the marriage was invalid, and Victor struggled to finalize his divorce from Diane. Determined to keep Victor, Diane stole his sperm to have his baby, but due to a mix-up, Ashley was the one who stole Victor’s sperm and gave birth to a daughter, Abby Newman.
After rescuing Nikki from a carjacker, Victor was diagnosed with temporal lobe epilepsy. And when Nikki was running for senate, she had an affair with her campaign manager, spelling the end for her marriage to Victor. After they divorced, Adam returned to Genoa City and began working at Newman. After nearly dying in Mexico, Ashley rescued Victor and they rekindled their relationship. They remarried when she got pregnant, but she lost the baby. Unfortunately, Adam stole Nicholas’ daughter, Faith, and passed her off as Ashley’s baby. After reuniting with Nikki, Victor was shot by Patty Williams and required a heart transplant, ultimately receiving the heart of Colleen Carlton when she died suddenly.
After his recovery, Victor got mixed up with con artist Meggie McClain, and then briefly remarried Diane, but he was still in love with Nikki. When Nikki murdered Diane, Victor confessed to protect her, even marrying Sharon to push Nikki away. Next, Victor was presumed dead, though he simply had amnesia and was working on the docks in Los Angeles. When he returned, Victor reunited with Nikki and they were married in 2013.
Victor and Adam began working together at Newman, but that was short-lived as he discovered his son was secretly in cahoots with Jack. After hiring Mariah Copeland, a look-alike of Cassie Newman, to gaslight Sharon for a bit, Victor later replaced Jack with a double as well in an attempt to take over Jabot! Unfortunately, he realized how dangerous Marco was, and planned to kill him, but Victor shot Jack by mistake! Needless to say, when the truth came out, Victor was not very popular.
Victor was arrested for his crimes and vowed revenge against his ungrateful family. And even from behind bars, Victor still manipulated everyone around him, including framing Adam for murder! It turned out he was working with Chloe, but while he was trying to get Adam to return to the family business, she just wanted him dead! Following Adam’s death, Victor tried to cover up their partnership, but when the truth came out, he was again shunned by his family.
Learning that Nikki had stolen money from his bank account, Victor blackmailed her into remarrying him, and while they experimented with an open marriage, they eventually came to realize they were made for each other. After discovering J.T. Hellstrom had been secretly trying to bring him down, he turned the tables on him, but in the ensuing struggle, J.T. pushed Victor down the stairs suffering injuries that landed him in a coma for weeks. When he started to recover, J.T. tried to unplug his life support, but Victor pulled through, though he suffered a stroke that made him unable to identify his attacker immediately.
Not realizing that J.T.’s disappearance was due to his death and subsequent cover-up, Victor initially assumed that the guy was responsible for the attacks on Newman Enterprises, and was stunned when he learned that it was really Nick! As his son set up his new business, Dark Horse, stealing money and clients from Newman, Victor vowed revenge and took delight when Sharon dumped Nick at the altar during their ill-fated wedding.
After disappearing from Genoa City for a bit, Victor returned when Nikki was hit by a car and near death in the hospital. He attempted to abscond with his wife so she could recover in safety but was arrested by the cops and charged with J.T.’s murder. Naturally, those charges didn’t stick, mostly because J.T. was still alive, and Victor returned to business as usual. However, Adam’s return from the dead pitted him against Nick and their father learned he was suffering from a very serious blood disease. Unfortunately, Adam tampered with his father’s medication to increase the effects… which proved dangerously fatal when The Mustache collapsed during a family meeting and flatlined!
As news of Victor’s death spread around town, Adam was suspected of causing it, but when Victoria was arrested, Nikki rushed to tell her very-much-alive husband that their plan had backfired! Victor’s resurrection caused all kinds of drama, with the family, but he smoothed things over with Victoria by giving her the CEO position at Newman Enterprises. He also made moves to smooth things over with Adam and celebrated his company’s 50th anniversary with family and friends.
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