Don Diamont — A Biography
Born Donald Feinberg in New York City, New York, he grew up in Los Angeles. His mother Judy’s maiden name was Diamond, so he changed his name to Diamont for his acting and modeling career. Don has a strong work ethic and proclaimed to never have had a job that he didn’t like.
As a young man, Diamont had a lucrative modeling career. In 1984, at the age of 21, he took a chance on acting and landed the role of Carlo Forenza on Days of our Lives. After his stint on DAYS ended the next year, Diamont won the role of Brad Carlton, the gardener turned business tycoon, on The Young and the Restless.
Other credits include The Fall Guy, Unbecoming Age, Burke’s Law, A Low Down Dirty Shame, OP Center, Country Justice, High Tide, Diagnosis Murder, The Incredible Adventures of Marco Polo, Loyal Opposition, Baywatch, and Anger Management.
In 2009, the writers shocked daytime fans and killed off Brad Carlton, after several incredible back-to-back storylines involving his character’s history, a mystery that included an investigation taking him to France, dealing with Nazis, and the death of his daughter Colleen.
BB Executive Producer and Head Writer Brad Bell stepped in, surprising fans again by announcing that Don Diamont was moving over to sister soap The Bold and the Beautiful as Bill Spencer, often referred to as “Dollar Bill,” The ruthless and charismatic patriarch of the Spencer Media Empire. So Diamont was able to stay at CBS daytime, his home away from home, and near all his friends that he has known for more than three decades.
Don has seven sons, inspiring a 2018 book My Seven Sons and How We Raised Each Other by Hachette Publications.
- December 31, 1962 — Birthdate
- His son Alexander plays quarterback for the University of Indiana.
- In 1990, he was voted one of People Magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful.
- In 2006, he was voted the #1 sexiest soap hunk of all time.
- Graced the cover of Playgirl magazine in 1988 and 1995.
- Actively raises money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society as he has a niece diagnosed with the illness.