Doug Davidson

Birth Name:Douglas Donald “Doug” Davidson
Birth Place: Glendale, California, USA


Born Douglas Donald Davidson in Glendale, California. Doug was just 23 years old when he began acting, landing his first role in the movie Fraternity Row in 1977. He scored the role of Doug Williams on the #1 soap, The Young and the Restless a year later.

Davidson credits Jeanne Cooper for teaching him to hone his craft and character. He said her dressing room door was always open for advice or just a coffee chat. The CBS set was his home away from home through the years. He even met his wife, Cindy Fisher, on the show.

Doug has had other roles over the years on films and television, such as The Initiation of Sarah, I’ll Take Manhattan, Mr. Write, Diagnosis Murder, L.A. Johns and Dreaming of Joseph Lees. But it is hosting that holds a special place in Davidson’s heart.

For six years, from 1998-2003, Davidson hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade for CBS. Doug was the master of ceremonies for the Miss California Pageant and hosted the Kenny Rogers Cerebral Palsy Telethon. He hosted the New Price is Right for a few months in 1994. He also holds the record for most appearances on Family Feud, besides the actual host.

Through the years, the character of Paul Williams, under Doug’s sharp portrayal, has evolved from a young party boy to the beloved go-to private detective, finally earning him an Emmy statuette in 2013.

Davidson resides in Los Angeles with his wife Cindy, daughter Calyssa and son Caden.

Fast Facts

  • October 24, 1954 — Birthdate
  • Has two older sisters.
  • Met his wife, Cindy Fisher, on the set of Y&R in 1980. They were married on May 27, 1984 at the Santa Barbara Biltmore Hotel.
  • Hobbies include traveling, running, tennis, sailing and playing the bagpipes.
  • He enjoys contributing much of his time to various charities, including the YMCA.
  • He and his wife have teamed up to serve as National Honorary Chairpersons for WE-TIP, a non-profit anonymous tip line that aids in crime prevention.
  • Majored in marine biology, at Occidental College.


  • Cindy Fisher Davidson — Spouse
  • Calyssa Davidson — Daughter
  • Caden Davidson — Son


Emmy winner Doug Davidson starred in just two films, Fraternity Row and The Initiation of Sarah, before landing the role of 17 year old Paul Williams, best friends with Danny Romalotti, in 1978 on The Young and the Restless, and he has been working steadily ever since.

Credits the late Jeanne Cooper for helping him hone his acting skills. He met singer Rick Springfield as a young man in his acting class and they have been BFFs ever since.

Rick even served at Doug’s wedding to Cindy Fisher in 1984, whom he met on the set of Y&R in 1980.

Doug Davidson Photos

Actor (3 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Young and the Restless (TV Show)

10-27-2017 — 2017
10-26-2017 — 2017
10-25-2017 — 2017

Paul Williams 2017

Dreaming Of Joseph Lees (Movie)

Saxophone Player 1998

Mr. Write (Movie)

Roger 1994

Remarks by (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

True Hollywood Story (TV Show)

The Women of Desperate Housewives — 2005


Intimate Portrait (TV Show)

Lauralee Bell — 2002
Melody Thomas Scott — 2002


Host (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Price Is Right (TV Show)

The New Price Is Right (TV Show)

Appearing (3 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Hollywood Christmas Parade (TV Show)

Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Show)

Soap Talk (TV Show)

Soap Talk — 2005


Guest (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

Marie (TV Show)

40 Years of Young and Restless — 2013


Pyramid (TV Show)

Pyramid — 2003
Pyramid — 2003