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It’d be hard to imagine The Bold and the Beautiful without patriarch, Eric Forrester. John McCook has maintained the role since 1987 — the same as when the daytime drama debuted. How did McCook get his start in entertainment and what is his estimated net worth? Here’s what we know.

A look at John McCook’s early career

John McCook
John McCook | Cliff Lipson/CBS via Getty Images

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John McCook is a Ventura, Californa boy at heart. He was discovered by “legendary movie mogul Jack Warner while appearing as Tony in the New York City Center revival of West Side Story,” according to his CBS bio.

The bio also says the actor is one of the very last “formed by the Hollywood studio system and talent development program.” Universal Studios signed McCook on a contract. However, his career was temporarily put on hold when drafted via the U.S. Army, where he served for two years.

Before that, the actor attended Long Beach State University where he landed a part in the theater production, Tea and Sympathy. McCook worked at Disneyland to earn a living while pursuing his acting career. He appeared in productions such as Guys and Dolls, Firefly, and Flower Drum Song.

In 1964, McCook landed his first credited role as Airman Jim Kinney for the TV series, No Time for Sergeants. He appeared twice before picking up dozens of other roles throughout the 1960s and 1970s.

‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ fame

The Hollywood veteran has appeared in everything from Dynasty to Three’s Company. His daytime debut was on The Young and the Restless in 1976. McCook played Lance Prentiss, who co-owned of Prentiss Industries. This was long before he became CEO of Forrester Creations on The Bold and the Beautiful.

Since leaving Lance behind, the B&B star has successfully played the same Forrester role for more than 30 years. He’s even crossed back over to Y&R as Eric when needed.

McCook’s storyline over the years includes a longtime marriage to the now-deceased Stephanie Forrester (Susan Flannery), multiple children from multiple women (including Brooke), and, for over 40 years, he hid Stephanie’s trust document that revealed she was the sole owner of Forrester Creations.

Eric is now married to Quinn (Rena Sofer). As of 2013, McCook and co-star, Katherine Kelly Lang (who plays Brooke Logan-Forrester) are the only remaining original cast members on The Bold and the Beautiful.

What is McCook’s net worth?


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According to multiple outlets, McCook has an estimated net worth of around $6 million. Some report the amount as low as $1 million. Considering he started when The Bold and the Beautiful debuted, that seems low. Others put him in the range of around $5 million.

The B&B star is married to his wife of 40 years, Laurette Spang-McCook, have three children together. McCook has another son from a previous marriage to Juliet Prowse.

The Bold and the Beautiful airs weekdays on CBS.