Don Diamont (born
Donald Feinberg on December 31, 1962 in New York City, New
York) is an American actor, best known for his long-running portrayal of
Brad Carlton on the CBS daytime drama The Young and the
In 1990, he was chosen as one of the 50
most beautiful people in the world by People Magazine
, becoming the first daytime
drama actor to receive the honor. He currently plays Bill Spencer Jr.
on The Young and the Restless
sister soap The Bold and the
After several years as a successful model, Diamont's first major
acting role was as Carlo Forenza on Days of our Lives
. He joined the cast
in 1984 after being hired by Ken Corday
and was with the show for a year.
Diamont is best known for his portrayal of opportunistic
businessman Brad Carlton
The Young and the
. He initially joined the show in 1985 and left
the cast in 1996. He returned in 1998, remaining on the show until
his character was killed off in early 2009.
On March 5, 2009 it was announced that Diamont would be joining the
cast of the CBS
daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful
in the contract role of Bill Spencer,
His first air date was May 12, 2009. "Don is a versatile
actor with a vast range of talent," B&B's Executive Producer
and Head Writer
, said in a statement "It is my pleasure to welcome him to
B&B. He has also expressed an interest in being a script
Diamont began using his mother's maiden name when he began acting
and modeling after an agent suggested that it was more
"rhythmical", but in fact because it was less obviously Jewish
In the August 15, 2006 edition of Soap
, Diamont discusses his Jewish background and
discloses that he did not fully embrace his Jewish heritage until
later in life. Coincidentally, his storyline on The Young and the Restless
(head written by Lynn Marie Latham
& Scott Hamner
) has paralleled his
personal life in some ways. The show has revealed that the persona
of "Brad Carlton" is actually "George Kaplan". (For the sake of the
dramatic, the show has explained this by disclosing that
George/Brad had to hide his past, and his Jewishness, for his own
Diamont dated actress Gloria Loring
during his tenure on Days of our
, where he was her co-star (she played Liz
He married clothing designer Rachel Braun on March 5, 1994. They
had 4 sons, Lauren (born 1988), Sasha (born 1991), Alexander (born
1995) and Luca (born 2000). The couple divorced in 2002.
He is now engaged to actress Cindy
and they have twin boys, Anton and Davis, born in
Diamont is an observant Reform Jew and frequently speaks out
against anti-Semitism and intolerance.
Parents, Judy and Albert (deceased) Feinberg. Sister, Bette
(deceased); Brother (deceased) Jack.
- Diamont is also known for being the
spokesperson for Morris Home Furnishings in Dayton, Ohio.
- In 2006, Diamont was voted No. 1 on the Sexiest Soap Hunks of
All Time list at the Shrine to the Soap Hunks .
- Diamont was also a cover model for Playgirl magazine twice, in 1988 and 1995.
- He is active with the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and
has a niece afflicted with the illness.
- Don was named "Sexiest Veteran Soap Actor" by People Magazine in 2009.