John McCook
Eric Forrester in THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL

Hometown: Ventura, California

Birthday: June 20

An original cast member of THE BOLD AND THE BEAUTIFUL, McCook was first discovered by legendary movie mogul Jack Warner, while starring as Tony in the New York City Center revival of “West Side Story.” McCook was one of the last actors formed by the Hollywood studio system and talent development program.  He was later signed by Universal Studios as a contract player before being drafted by the U.S. Army for a two-year stint.

His career highlights include the national tour of “Barefoot in the Park” with Virginia Mayo, and the Los Angeles and Las Vegas productions of “Mame” opposite movie and stage legend Ann Miller.  Later cast as Lance Prentiss on “The Young and the Restless” on the Network, McCook’'s potent interpretation of the sensual role of Lance catapulted him to national prominence.  He alternated his television work with frequent returns to the musical theater with starring roles in “Oklahoma!,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “They're Playing Our Song,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Fiddler on The Roof,” “Peter Pan” and “The Man of La Mancha.” Also, McCook starred in “42nd Street,” “From the Top” and the Stephen Sondheim revue “Putting It Together.”

Among his primetime television appearances are “Murder She Wrote,” on the Network, “Codename: Foxfire,” “L.A. Law,” “Moonlighting,” “Newhart,” “WKRP in Cincinnati,” “Amazing Stories,” “Too Close for Comfort,” “Alice” and “Three's Company.”

McCook 's compact disc of romantic love songs, titled “John McCook Sings Bold & Beautiful Love Songs,” reached The Top 20 in most leading European record markets.

Born and raised in Ventura, Calif., McCook attended Long Beach State University and appeared in a production of “Tea and Sympathy” before landing a job at Disneyland.  He made his professional debut at the San Diego Circle Arts Theatre and then appeared at Melodyland in “Guys and Dolls,” with Hugh O'Brian and Betty Grable, “Firefly,” with Anne Marie Alberghetti, and “Flower Drum Song.”

McCook is married to former television actress Laurette Spang and they have three children: Jake, Becky and Molly.  McCook also has a son, Seth, from a previous marriage.

His birthday is June 20.