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Who Was Snapper on The Young & The Restless?

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Longtime fans may have known who Jill was talking about when she mentioned Snapper on The Young & the Restless, but for newer viewers, we’re here to help fill in the blanks! The character of Snapper Foster was introduced to the soap back when it began in 1973. The role was played by William Gray Espy until 1975 when David Hasselhoff took over until 1982. Espy reprised the role for a brief run in 2003, and when Snapper reappeared in 2010 for a few episodes, he was played by Hasselhoff again.

Snapper Foster was first seen as a young medical student torn between his feelings for Chris Brooks and Sally McGuire. He was also acting as the man of the house after their father William Foster abandoned the family. So he was helping out his mom, Liz Foster, while keeping an eye on little sister Jill Foster. Stuart Brooks didn’t approve of Chris falling for Snapper so when he found out the guy was dating Sally, he happily told his daughter to squash the potential relationship.

But Chris and Snapper found their way back to each other and he supported her after she was raped and as she pursued justice against her attacker. However, Snapper was still sleeping with Sally, who deliberately got pregnant to snag him for herself. But having fallen in love with Chris, he left Sally, not realizing she was carrying his baby. Snapper and Chris were married, but when she became pregnant, he worried that a child would interfere with his medical career. Sally gave birth to her baby, named Pierre “Chuckie” Charles, and Chris soon realized he was Snapper’s son. Distraught, she miscarried her own baby and left Snapper. However, after Sally moved away, Chris and Snapper reconciled again.

Y&R Chris and Snapper Wedding
After a lot of ups and downs, Snapper and Chris finally tied the knot.CBS Photo Archives

By 1975, Snapper had convinced his mother to have their father legally declared dead, even though Bill was living in a nearby town. When he reconnected with his family to tell them he had cancer, everyone embraced him but Snapper. It took much longer for them to repair their relationship. When someone turned off Bill’s life support, Snapper was accused of murder, but it was later revealed that Liz had done it herself. 

After becoming foster parents to a girl named Karen Becker, Snapper and Chris welcomed their own daughter named Jennifer Elizabeth Foster. But then Sally returned with Chuckie, who was seriously ill. Sally was still in love with Snapper, but he rebuffed her to remain faithful to Chris. Once Chuckie was cured, Snapper said goodbye to him and Sally. He later left town and Chris joined him shortly thereafter.

Snapper briefly returned to Genoa City in 2003 when Liz told Jill that she was not biologically part of the Foster family. Then, in 2010, Liz brought Snapper for another visit but fell ill and on her death bed, told Snapper that Jill’s father was Neil Fenmore. In 2024, Jill informed her son, Billy Abbott, that she was having heart problems again and was undergoing treatment with Snapper in London.

Keep watching to see if Snapper surfaces again!

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