‘The Young and the Restless’ Actor Greg Rikaart Reveals the Props He’s Kept
The CBS soap opera, The Young and the Restless, first aired on March 26, 1973. The show is set in the fictionalized town of Genoa City, Wisconsin. Many characters have come and gone throughout the show’s nearly 50 years of broadcasting. The edgy, computer hacking, delinquent character of Kevin Fisher rolled into Genoa City on July 11, 2003. The role was initially slated to be short term. However, Y&R fans were drawn to the actor Greg Rikaart and the way he portrayed the character. Now nearly two decades later, the character Kevin Fisher still has a prominent place in Genoa City. Read on to learn more about Rikaart, his role as Kevin Fisher, and his sticky fingers on set.
Getting to know Greg Rikaart
Greg Rikaart was born in Brooklyn, New York, on February 26, 1977. He and his sister, Keri, grew up on Staten Island, according to IMDb. Once Rikaart graduated from high school, he was out of Staten Island and New York with his sights set on Villanova University in Pennsylvania. Rikaart graduated from Villanova with honors, and while he was in college, Rikaart interned in Washington, D.C., for a congressman on Capitol Hill. After college, Rikaart was bit by the acting bug and moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting seriously.
Rikaart made short appearances on several shows in his first few years of acting. Between 2000 and 2003, Rikaart appeared on popular shows like Strong Medicine, Gilmore Girls, Grounded for Life, and Dawson’s Creek. In 2003, Rikaart joined the cast of The Young and the Restless and landed his first regular role on a series. Between 2003 and 2017, Rikaart was a regular on The Young and the Restless. In 2017, he went to recurring status and has made brief appearances as Kevin Fisher over the last three years.
Playing Kevin Fisher for nearly two decades
Rikaart has portrayed the character of Kevin Fisher for nearly two decades now. The character Kevin Fisher first rolled into Genoa City as a young twenty-something edging on the side of bad decisions. In Kevin’s first storyline, he was introduced as an internet predator. Kevin started chatting with the teenage character Lily Winters in an online chat room. The two began a relationship, and Kevin was later charged with statutory rape.
This was just the beginning of Kevin’s legal trouble in Genoa City, though. Kevin went down a dangerous path during his first few years on the show. However, Kevin was eventually able to turn his life around. In 2012, Kevin married Chloe Mitchell. The two have dealt with their fair share of hardships on the show, including grieving the death of Chloe’s oldest daughter, Delia Abbott. The couple has since moved away from Genoa City with their daughter, Bella Fisher, and thus have been on recurring status since 2017.
Sticky fingers on set
Rikaart has been in crazy storylines as Kevin Fisher on The Young and the Restless. Kevin was a known criminal when he arrived in Genoa City, and from Rikaart revelations on Twitter, it sounds like he might have some sticky fingers just like his character. However, unlike Kevin, Rikaart won’t be charged with any felonies. A fan asked Rikaart via Twitter if he had ever kept any props from his years on the Y&R set. Rikaart revealed that he had kept the frog that had been seen in the Crimson Lights coffee shop, and on his character’s desk at Genoa City Police Department. Rikaart told the fan that frog can now be found on his son’s bookshelf.
Rikaart and his husband, Robert Suddath, married in May 2015. They welcomed their son, Montgomery, into the family in June 2016. Unfortunately for Rikaart and his young family, he tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in March 2020. However, the actor and his family are all doing well now, and Rikaart is looking forward to getting back to acting when it is deemed safe.