42 years and counting!

'The Young and the Restless': These Cast Members Have Been On The Show The Longest

Young and the Restless cast

The Young and the Restless cast has changed so much over the years but there have been some staples of the show since its start. Who wins the title of the longest-running cast member with 42 years on the show? Join us in taking a look at these cast members who have been on The Young and the Restless cast the longest!

The Young and the Restless cast has some of the longest-standing cast members in the soap opera world. Until 2013, American actress Jeanne Cooper held the spot of longest-running Young and the Restless cast member, having had been with the show for 40 years! 

When she passed away in 2013 at the age of 84, Jeanne also held the eighth spot on the all-time list of longest-serving soap opera stars! Who else has been with the show from the start? Currently, none of the cast members have been with the show since it began in 1973, however, there are four cast members that have been around since nearly the beginning!

Young and the Restless Cast

Doug Davidson as "Paul Williams" The Young and the Restless

Young and the Restless cast member, Doug Davidson joined the series in 1978 as private investigator "Paul Williams" and recently surpassed Jeanne Cooper's 40-year record! 2020 marks 42 years with the show for the 66-year-old actor and he doesn't appear to be going anywhere anytime soon!

Trailing close behind for the record of longest-serving Young and the Restless cast member is actress Melody Thomas Scott! For 41 years Melody has played the show's leading lady "Nikki Newman", who was originally played by Erica Hope until Melody took over in 1979. 

The Longest Serving Cast Members

Melody Thomas Scott as "Nikki Newman" The Young and the Restless

On the heels of Doug Davidson and Melody Thomas Scott is Melody's on-screen partner "Victor Newman" played by Eric Braedon. Joining the cast in 1980, "Victor" was originally supposed to be a guest role but the character has now evolved into the show's leading male figure with 40 years and counting! 

The next closest long-standing cast member is Kate Linder at 38 years with the series! Playing the part of "Katherine Chancellor's" loyal housekeeper, "Esther Valentine", Kate also holds the record as the longest-serving maid! 

Who is your favorite longest-serving The Young and the Restless cast member?