John McCook's starring roles on stage and screen have defined the image of
the romantic leading man in a career encompassing Broadway, prime time
television and daytime dramas. Today, he is instantly recognizable to millions
of fans as the debonair fashion designer Eric Forrester on The Bold and the
John's compact disc of romantic love songs titled "John McCook Sings Bold &
Beautiful Love Songs" for Arcade Records reached The Top 20 in most leading
European record markets.
Discovered by legendary movie mogul Jack Warner while starring as Tony in the
New York City Center revival of West Side Story, John was one of the last products
of Hollywood's famed 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.
John starred in the national tour of Barefoot in the Park with Virginia Mayo
followed by the Los Angeles and Las Vegas productions of Mame opposite movie
and stage legend Ann Miller. He was then cast as the passionate playboy Lance
Prentiss on the then brand-new daytime drama The Young and the Restless.
John's potent interpretation of the sensual role of Lance catapulted him to
national prominence. His television exposure provided John with the opportunity
to return to the musical theatre with starring roles in Oklahoma!, The Pirates
of Penzance, They're Playing Our Song, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, A Fiddler
on The Roof, Peter Pan and The Man of La Mancha. For Long Beach Civic Light Opera,
John starred in Man of La Mancha, 42nd Street and opposite Carol Burnett in From
The Top and the Stephen Sondheim revue Putting It Together at the Mark Taper Forum.
John was a series regular on Codename: Foxfire and has made dozens of guest
star appearances on such series as L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, Moonlighting,
Newhart, WKRP in Cincinnati, Amazing Stories, Too Close For Comfort, Alice and
Three's Company, among many others.
John was a nominee for "Outstanding Supporting Actor" at the 1998 Soap Opera
Digest Awards and a recipient of the "M.V.P. Award" from Soap Opera Update
Magazine for his portrayal of Eric Forrester.
California-born and raised, John attended Long Beach State College long enough
to appear in a production of Tea and Sympathy and land 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, with Pat Suzuki.
John is married to former television actress Laurette Spang and they have three
children; Jake, Becky and Molly. John also has a son, Seth, from a previous