Cameron Kirsten was only on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS for less than a year, so it’s understandable if you might not remember the guy. The character ran from November 2003 until August 2004 and was played by actor Linden Ashby, who is the real-life husband of Susan Walters (ex-Diane). He was a nasty piece of work, and if you don’t remember all the details of his storyline… well, that’s where we come in!
Sharon Newman was startled by Cameron Kirsten’s arrival in Genoa City, and while he was there to do a business deal with Newman Enterprises, he also taunted Sharon, threatening to reveal what happened between them in Denver the year before. After Sharon had kissed Victor Newman, she ran away from town and ended up in Denver where she encountered Cameron in a bar. They’d had sex, but he had also turned abusive and violent. Desperate to keep Nick Newman from finding out about their tryst, Sharon agreed to secretly meet Cameron at a seedy motel. She warned him nothing would ever happen between them, and when he got violent again, Sharon hit him over the head with a champagne bottle.
Believing she’d killed him, Sharon disposed of his body in a dumpster, but Cameron survived and returned to his lover, Grace Turner, vowing to take revenge. For months, Cameron pretended to be his own ghost, haunting Sharon to drive her insane. When Sharon went to confirm Cameron’s death, she found a body, but it was actually Frank Barritt, the biological father of her daughter, Cassie, who Cameron had murdered.
Eventually, Cameron made his presence known and acted as though that fateful night had never happened and he’d simply gone on vacation. When he offered Nick a job at Kirsten Incorporated, Sharon finally decided to come clean about everything. Nick confronted Cameron and demanded Grace tell him the truth, but she backed up the lies. With Sharon the prime suspect in Frank’s murder, Cameron offered to fly her away to one of his private islands where she could stay safely. She reluctantly agreed, but Nick boarded Cameron’s jet along with them.
On the flight, Sharon tried to kill herself by jumping out, but Cameron wouldn’t let her go. Then Nick showed himself and fought with Cameron as Sharon looked on in horror. Nick knocked Cameron out and threw him out of the plane with a parachute, following along with Sharon. The trio parachuted down into a cornfield where Sharon and Nick dragged a seriously injured Cameron through the country until they reached civilization where they called the police. The last anyone saw of Cameron, he was being hauled off by the cops, angrier than ever before. Could he ever make a return to Y&R to seek revenge against Nick and Sharon? Only time will tell!