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All My Children, The Young and the Restless
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Peter Bergman (born June 11, 1953) is a three time Emmy Award-winning American soap opera actor. The son of an American United States Navy officer, he was born in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. He has been nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor for his portrayal of Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless thirteen times (1990-2002, 2007).
His first notable role was his portrayal of Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children, which he played from 1979 to 1987 and again from 1988 to 1989. His character helped form one of the serial’s first supercouples by falling in love and marrying Taylor Miller’s character, Nina Cortlandt. Soap columnists hypothesized that the two actors were so popular because they were the pinnacle of the image of the wholesome television couple, with their Nordic good looks, fair hair and blue eyes.
He originally auditioned for the All My Children casting director for the role of Dr. Jeff Martin.
Staying true to the soap opera format, Cliff and Nina ended up marrying four times (1980, 1982, 1986 and 1989) and separating three times. As the characters left the serial, they had not divorced another time.
Bergman parlayed this success into a very successful Vicks Formula 44 cough syrup advertising campaign starting in 1986, in which he told the viewing audience, "I’m not a doctor, but I play one on TV." Chris Robinson, who played Dr. Rick Webber on ABC`s General Hospital, also shares this same distinction.
In a Soap Opera Digest interview, Bergman said that he had honestly thought he would become the next Dr. Joe Martin (Ray MacDonnell, who has been on the show since its premiere in 1970). He still maintains to this day that he was shocked when ABC network executives fired him from All My Children.
Since 1989, he has played the role of John "Jack" Abbott, Jr. on The Young and the Restless.
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Peter Michael Bergman (born June 11, 1953) is an American soap opera actor best known for his portrayals as Dr. Cliff Warner on All My Children (1979-1989) as well as Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless (since 1989).
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