The last several days sure hasn’t been easy ones for both The Young and the Restless cast members and of course, daytime television fans. That’s because the cast and crew have dedicated the last several episodes to actor Kristoff St. John (Neil Winters) and his life, both on The Young and the Restless and off screen.
His co-star Shemar Moore (Malcolm Winters) has recently opened up about the first time he met Kristoff and what kind of impact the late actor has had on his life.
Kristoff St. John Changes Moore’s Life!
In an on-air interview, Shemar said that Kristoff St. John acted as a father figure both in front of the cameras and off it. He was a wonderful, caring person who truly had everyone’s best interests at heart.
“On April 6, 1994 at my [screentest], myself and five other guys did two scenes with Kristoff,” Moore recalls. “I found out [very soon after] that I got the job. What I didn’t know till a week or two later was that [Y&R creator] Bill Bell had turned to Kristoff sand said, ‘Who do you like?’ He said, ‘I want the scared kid in the baseball cap to play my younger brother.’ If he hadn’t picked me that day, I’d have a life but not this life.”
Shemar Will Make St. John Proud
In addition, Shemar also said that Kristoff was a child at heart who always knew how to put a smile on everyone’s faces.
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“He was the biggest goofball I ever knew,” Shemar added. “I’ve lost a brother, a mentor, a safety net. But he believed in me and told me I could be strong and that I could fly. He’s in heaven now. I’m going to keep flying for myself and him.”
And while Kristoff St. John might be gone, there’s no doubt that he will never be forgotten. His fans, family, and friends will make sure to carry on his legacy, both on screen and off. As much as his co-stars miss him on The Young and the Restless, they’ve so far proven that Kristoff will always be there, on set and in their hearts.
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