The Young and the Restless said goodbye to an old friend today.
A tribute to the late Billy Miller ran at the end of Thursday’s episode of the CBS sudser. Miller, who played Billy Abbott on Y&R from 2008 to 2014, died Sept. 15 in Austin, Texas. He was 43.
The tribute included four images of a joyous Miller, who was beloved by his fellow castmembers on the CBS daytime drama. He joined The Young and the Restless in 2008 as the fourth actor to play the role of Billy Abbott. He won three Emmys for playing the part.
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His fellow castmembers have continued to post tributes to Miller on X. Jess Walton (Jill Abbott) said, “RIP to my precious Billy Miller. You were and ARE much loved by all of us who knew you.”
Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) posted “We lost BILLY MILLER! It saddens me deeply! He was a very gifted actor! Amelia (Victoria) and I took him to dinner one evening while he was in tough negotiations, and I remember telling him to reconsider, because rarely is an actor given a part that describes him almost perfectly, and to not make the mistake I had seen some actors make over my 60’years in the business, that they are indispensable! Once an actor thinks that or is told that by some sycophants, they step onto a slippery road…usually to oblivion! “BILLY BOY” was not only a damn good actor but a nice man! May he rest in peace and meet up with KRISTOFF in the BEYOND, ‘the undiscovered country from whose bourn no Traveller returns “ and tell each other jokes! They were both loved by their colleagues!”
On Sept. 18, Miller’s mother Patricia posted a statement online acknowledging that her son suffered from bipolar depression. Her son “loved his friends, his family and his fans but in the end the disease won the fight and he surrendered his life.”
After Y&R, Miller joined the cast of General Hospital in 2014 and played Jason Morgan and Drew Cain. He was a series regular until 2019. His other acting credits included parts in Suits, Showtime’s Ray Donovan, and Apple TV+’s Truth Be Told.
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