Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Beau Kazer Dead at 63

Beau Kazer, pictured with former The Young and the Restless co-star Jeanne Cooper.
Beau Kazer (also credited as Beau Kayser and Beau Kayzer), who originated the role of Brock Reynolds on The Young and the Restless in 1974, passed away on December 30 in Thousand Oaks, CA.

The Toronto native made the move to Los Angeles when he was only 17. There, he studied at the Stella Adler Academy of Acting and Theatre. After graduating, Kayzer made his debut on General Hospital, where he was an extra. He then landed the much more high-profile role on Y&R, playing Katherine Chancellor's (Jeanne Cooper) son, Brock — though he returned to GH as Dr. Bunny Willis in 1983.

Over the years Brock transformed from a rebellious young man into a minister and lawyer, among other careers. During his 1999 return, the character learned he fathered a daughter, Mackenzie Browning (Ashley Bashioum).

Cooper revealed she had an affair with her TV son in the 2012 memoir, "Not Young, Still Restless." The affair with Kazer, who was 21 years younger, began after a devastating divorce from her cheating husband which blind-sided her like a sucker punch from a heavyweight.

"Well, he brought one of the kindest, most grounded, kinds of simplicity to life," Cooper told the New York Post. "He was a great conversationalist, a poetic kind of person. And you know what? He delivers lines better than anyone I’ve ever known!

"We had dinner one night," she said, "and then, it went further. He made the first move. But the age difference was not for me. He kept saying he had no problem with it and that age meant nothing to him."

In the 1976 film Taxi Driver, Robert De Niro's character Travis Bickle is shown kicking over a television set that is playing a scene from an episode of Y&R featuring Kazer as Brock and Brenda Dickson as Jill. Both Kazer and Dickson are credited in the film as "Soap Opera Man" and "Soap Opera Woman", respectively.

Kazer's other credits included Hart to Hart, B.J. and the Bear, Hardcase and Barnaby Jones.

Kazer is survived by his wife, Sharon Alkus.

Watch a classic Y&R scene from 1984 below in which Brock surprises Jill Foster Abbott (Brenda Dickson) when he returns to Genoa City.


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