HOLLYWOOD —This week we choose veteran actor John McCook as a performer who deserves to be Emmy nominated this year. Just a couple weeks from now we will have the daytime Emmy ballot of nominations and surely McCook is a man who should be on the short list. John McCook has enthralled and entertained viewers of “The Bold and the Beautiful” as Eric Forrester for over 23 years now. Before “B&B” John appeared on its sister soap “The Young and The Restless.” Bill Bell brought McCook over to “B&B” when he needed a patriarch for the Forrester family.

John McCook has an understated manner in his performance. He rarely raises his voice and he’s become, thanks to head writer and executive producer Bradley Bell a more multi-dimensional character and actor. Last year Eric barely had time to enjoy his new young wife Donna Logan before all hell broke loose. From psycho sister-in-law Pam, who drugged the patriarch into a coma, he also battled Bill Spencer played by one of the most amazing actors in television Don Diamont for Forrester Creations.

The character was infuriated when he lost his company to Spencer, then he became almost despondent and needed Stephanie, his ex-wife, played by multi-Emmy winner Susan Flannery. His despondency soon turned to glee when granddaughter Steffy used her feminine wilds on the billionaire Bill Spencer to get the company back for her grandfather.

What makes John McCook such a great performer is that he understands the style of acting soap viewers love. Still incredibly handsome, the actor is happily married and is enjoying the budding career of his very talented daughter Molly McCook. However, on “B&B” McCook has created an indelible mark as Eric Forrester. He’s a womanizer, playboy, fashion designer, husband and father. John McCook as Eric Forrester deserves to be honored for his commitment and impact on television and its viewers as he portrays one of the most fascinating patriarchs in daytime TV history.

“The Bold and the Beautiful” airs weekdays on CBS.

Photograph Courtesy: Gilles Toucas, Bell Phillip Television Productions
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