The original cast of ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ consisted of 15 actors
When The daring and the pretty debuted in March 1987, it featured a large cast of 15 actors. The group was a mix of established soap opera stars and newcomers. To the Forrester family, The Young and the Restless star John McCook was cast as Eric Forrester. Previous days of our lives star Susan Flannery played Eric’s opinionated wife, Stephanie Forrester.
Musician Ronn Moss signed on to play the couple’s eldest son, Ridge Forrester. Clayton Norcross would become the first actor to play Thorne Forrester, while Teri Lynn originated the role of Kristen Forrester.
Judy Baldwin played matriarch Beth Logan for the Logan family, while Katherine Kelly Lang landed the coveted role of eldest daughter, Brooke Logan. Nancy Sloan was cast as the younger sister, Katie, while Carrie Mitchum played Donna. Ethan Wayne would play the girls’ older brother, Storm Logan.
On Spencer’s side, Jim Storm played publishing mogul Bill Spencer Sr. Joanna Johnson was Bill’s daughter. Caroline Spencer, Ridge’s first love. days of our lives star Lauren Koslow was cast as Margo Lynley, Bill’s girlfriend and Eric’s friend.
Rounding out the cast was Bryan Genesse, who played Donna’s boyfriend, Rocco. Stephen Shortridge played Dave Reed, Brooke’s first boyfriend.
John McCook and Katherine Kelly Lang are the only two remaining original cast members.
Most of the original cast is gone. The daring and the pretty. For a long time, McCook, Flannery, Moss and Lang were the original foursome. The group became the most famous stars of the show and their characters were at the forefront of many stories.
However, in 2012, Moss and Flannery left the show. Moss’s character, Ridge, left after leaving Brooke off-screen. The role was later recast with Thorsten Kaye, who debuted in 2013. Meanwhile, Flannery’s character Stephanie died in November. after his lung cancer returned. In the weeks leading up to its final episode, the show had moving tributes to the legacy of Flannery and Stephanie.
With Moss and Flannery gone, McCook and Lang are the last two original cast members.
John McCook and Katherine Kelly Lang reflect on ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’
McCook and Lang remain a vital part of The Bold and the Beautiful. Their characters, Eric and Brooke, carry on the legacies of Forrester and Logan. In March 2022, the show celebrated a huge milestone with its 35th anniversary, something McCook did not expect.
In an interview with soaps.com, the actor admitted that he did not think the show would last long. “I thought it would last a long time; in my mind it was 10, maybe 15 years. I never imagined that it would still be going strong 35 years later!”
Lang, the golden girl of the show, got a standalone special episode with Brooke and the five loves of her life. While some fans don’t like Brooke, she has a loyal following and Brooke has been an integral part of the show’s success.
Reflecting on her career as Brooke, Lang said tv insider, “I’m so excited to still be here and to work on the show. I love my character and the stories that Brad keeps telling. I am happy that we are strong, and there are so many people that he has been watching from the beginning.