Victor’s parents shaped the man he became on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS but both of them only appeared briefly on the soap. Victor’s mother, Cora Miller, was on briefly in 1984 and was played by Dorothy McGuire, and Victor’s father, Albert Miller, showed up on Y&R in November 2003 played by veteran actor George Kennedy.
Albert Miller married Cora and they had two sons, Matt Miller and Christian Miller. Over his head with a family he never really wanted, Albert claimed he was going out to look for another job but instead abandoned his wife and children completely. Unable to care for both boys, Cora put the younger child into an orphanage and Christian eventually grew up to rename himself Victor Newman.
In 2003, Victor was struggling with his own relationship with his son, Nicholas Newman, when he learned that his father was alive but dying. Although Nikki Newman hoped the visit would bring Victor and Albert closure, Victor was only interested in confronting the man who abandoned him and washing his hands of him for good. When they arrived at the hospice, Albert didn’t know who they were or why they were barging in on him. Victor asked if he knew the name Christian Miller and Albert insisted it meant nothing to him. As Victor continued to press, Albert accused him of being sent by Christian to get something out of him. But Victor said that Christian only wanted to be with his dying father… and that he was Christian.
Albert finally confessed the truth but made no apologizes for what he’d done. Victor mused that he should probably thank him for inadvertantly turning him into the successful man he is today. As Albert taunted him, Victor unleashed all the anger that had been building up over the years. Albert’s face trembled as Nick and Victor left, and once outside, Victor collapsed in a chair, overcome. That was the only time father and son came face to face as Albert later passed away.