Veteran sees bright future
VETERAN actor John McCook intends to stick around for The Bold and the Beautiful as long as he can and even jokes about drawing his last breath on set.
McCook is one of two original cast members who remain on the longrunning US soap after the recent exits of Ronn Moss and Susan Flannery.
Katherine Kelly Lang (Brooke Logan) and McCook (Eric Forrester) both appeared in the first episode when it aired in March 1987.
Flannery’s last episode as the manipulating matriarch Stephanie Forrester screened in the US in November and airs in Australia on Monday, February 18. Moss left the series last September. McCook, 68, says it was sad to wave the pair goodbye but he has no plans to follow in their footsteps and retire.
‘‘This is the best job there is in LA in show business,’’ says McCook. ‘‘I’ve told my wife, what’s going to happen. One day they’re going to call and say to her, ‘He’s dead, come and get him’.’’
McCook says the departures of Moss and Flannery came as a shock to the cast and crew.
He says the series still rates strongly around the globe, the end of the series was nowhere in sight and nothing should be read into their decisions to leave.
There have been suggestions in the US media that with Moss and Flannery leaving it was the beginning of the end of The Bold And The Beautiful.
‘‘When Ronn Moss and then Susan Flannery made their decision apparent to us, it was kind of alarming at first,’’ McCook says.
‘‘We indulged what a loss that would be with the original four and being proud of being there from the first day.
‘‘Somebody said, ‘Is this the beginning of the end?’ and my answer to that was, ‘It’s the end of the beginning’.’’
When McCook was first cast for The Bold and the Beautiful he was hopeful for mid-range success and a period of stable
Katherine Kelly Lang and former cast member Ronn Moss. income to pay off a mortgage and provide for his family.
Until then he had been primarily cast in guest roles in series such as L.A. Law, Remington Steele, Simon and Simon, Fantasy Island, Hill Street Blues and Diff’rent Strokes.
‘‘I thought five or 10 years and now it’s 25 and there are many more ahead of us,’’ McCook says.
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