Veteran sees bright fu­ture

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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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