John McCook

Birth Name: John McCook
Birth Place:Ventura, California, United States
Profession: Actor

Birth Name: John Thomas McCook
Birth Place: Ventura, California
Date Of Birth: June 20, 1944
Profession: Actor and Singer
Soap: The Young and the Restless(YR)
Character Name: Lance Prentiss


John McCook was born on June 20, 1944, in Ventura, California. He attended Long Beach State University in Southern California. He was a gifted singer and dancer and gravitated towards musical theater.

While performing in a revival of West Side Story in New York City, John was discovered by movie mogul Jack Warner. He signed a contract with Universal Studios, but was drafted by the U.S. Army.

After a two year stint in the military, McCook quickly went back to his first love: musical theater. Television was not far behind.

From 1964 through 1976, John began racking up credits such as No Time for Sergeants, My Blood Runs Cold, Hank, Mister Roberts, First to Fight, Run for Your Life, Dragnet 1967, Bracken’s World, O’Hara: U.S. Treasury and The Blue Sextet.

In 1976, when The Young and the Restless cast him as romantic lead Lance Prentiss, McCook finally gained national prominence.

John continued to capture hearts as Lance Prentiss until 1980, when the character returned to Paris. McCook returned to primetime with such credits as Trapper John M.D., Family Ties, Hotel, Masquerade, and Fantasy Island.

In 1987, John landed the role of Eric Forrester on Bill Bell’s new show called The Bold and the Beautiful. The show became an international hit and John’s popularity skyrocketed as the head of the Forrester fashion dynasty.

He never let go his love of theater, taking breaks to include productions of “Barefoot in the Park” with Virginia Mayo, and Los Angeles and Las Vegas productions of “Mame” with the legendary Ann Miller. John had starring roles in “Oklahoma!,” “The Pirates of Penzance,” “They’re Playing Our Song,” “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” “Fiddler on the Roof,” “Peter Pan,” “Man of La Mancha,” and “42nd Street.”

McCook resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Laurette Spang, a former actress herself. They have three children, Jake, Becky and Molly, and Seth McCook, a son from John’s marriage to Juliet Prowse.

Fast Facts

  • June 20, 1944 — Birthdate
  • Attended Long Beach State University.
  • Once worked as a Jungle Cruise tour guide at Disneyland.
  • Was once married to famed actress and dancer Juliet Prowse. They had one child, a son, Seth McCook.
  • He has been married to actress Laurette Spang since February 16, 1980. They have three children, Jake, Rebecca and Molly.
  • Favorite Snack: Extra-chunky peanut butter on the spoon with a glass of milk.
  • Favorite Bond movie is Goldfinger.
  • Was only 7 years older than his on-screen son Ronn Moss.
  • Released a CD of love songs in 1993.


  • Laurette Spang — Spouse
  • Juliet Prowse — Ex-spouse
  • Marilynn McPherson — Ex-spouse
  • Rebecca McCook— Daughter
  • Molly McCook — Daughter
  • Seth McCook — Son
  • Jake McCook — Son


John McCook is Los Angeles native working actor and singer who has graced theater, television and film since 1964.

An original cast member of The Bold and the Beautiful, McCook has played Eric Forrester since the debut of the series on March 23, 1987. Before that Bell production, he also portrayed Lance Prentiss on The Young and the Restless.

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Actor (21 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Bold and the Beautiful (TV Show)

7703 — 2017
7702 — 2017
7701 — 2017

Eric Forrester 2017

he Young and the Restless (TV Show)

The Young and the Restless — 2017

ric Forrester 2017

Epoch (Movie)

President 2002

Scorned 2 (Movie)

Dr. Robert Greenfield 1997

Newhart (TV Show)

Attack of the Killer Aunt — 1989

Brad 1989

Simon & Simon (TV Show)

Just Because I'm Paranoid — 1986
For the People — 1986

Zachary Tucker 1986

Our House (TV Show)

That Lonesome Old Caboose — 1986

Cathcart 1986

Highway to Heaven (TV Show)

Change of Life — 1986

Todd Jeffries 1986

Murder, She Wrote (TV Show)

Keep the Home Fries Burning — 1986

Harrison Fraser III 1986

Remington Steele (TV Show)

Steele on the Air — 1986

Norman Austin 1986

Code Name: Foxfire (TV Show)

Goodbye, Mr. Microchips — 1985
Robin's Egg Blues — 1985
Pick a Hero, Any Hero — 1985

Larry Hutchins 1985

Alice (TV Show)

Alice Faces the Music — 1983

Harry 1983

Three's Company (TV Show)

An Affair to Forget — 1982

Alan 1982

Diff'rent Strokes (TV Show)

The Squatter — 1982

Tom Wallace 1982

Family Ties (TV Show)

Tuxedo Man

Too Close for Comfort (TV Show)

Centerfold — 1981

Buck 1981

The Love Boat (TV Show)

Marriage of Convenience; The Caller; No Girls for Doc; Witness for the Prosecution — 1980

Mark Bridges 1980

CHiPs (TV Show)

Thrill Show — 1980

Conner 1980

Dragnet (TV Show)

The Joy Riders
Internal Affairs - DR-20


Mister Roberts (TV Show)

Happy Birthday to Who?

Seaman Stefanowski

My Blood Runs Cold (Movie)

Owen 1965

Appearing (3 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Hollywood Christmas Parade (TV Show)

InFANity (TV Show)

The Bold And The Beautiful — 2009


Daytime Emmy Awards (TV Show)

Guest (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

Home & Family (TV Show)

5153 — 2017


The Talk (TV Show)

Emmy Nominations; Bold and Beautiful Anniversary — 2017
The Talk — 2012

2012 - 2017