Kristoff St. John

Birth Name: Christoff St. John
Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
Profession: Actor, Producer

Birth Name: Christoff St. John
Birth Place: New York City, New York
Profession: Actor, Writer and Producer


Kristoff was born in New York City, New York. You might say he was born into show business, as both his father and stepmother were actors. By age 8, he debuted as Andy on That’s My Momma and he worked steadily from then on.

A recurring role as Homer on Big John, Little John, followed a guest appearance on Happy Days. Other appearances included Wonder Woman, The Champ, and a young Alex Haley in the iconic Roots: The Next Generations. After landing the cast role as Ahmad on The Bad News Bears, Kristoff was the young star to watch.

In the 80s, St. John continued to raise the bar for himself and the competition, adding more performances in such productions as Beulah Land, Foul Play, An Innocent Love, Sister Sister, CBS Playhouse, The Cosby Show, The Atlanta Child Murders, Charlie & Company, What’s Happening Now, A Different World and Finish Line.

It was his role as Adam Marshall on Generations in 1989 that caught the eye of William J. Bell over at The Young and the Restless. When the show was cancelled in 1991, Kristoff headed over to Y&R to originate the role of Neil Winters and gained international exposure.

St. John didn’t rest on his cushy soap gig. The hard-working young man continued adding more mature roles to his resume in the ’90s. Credits include Jake and the Fat Man, Diagnosis Murder, Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, Martin, The Crew, The Jamie Foxx Show, Living Single, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Family Matters, Suddenly Susan, For Your Love and Get Real.

It was in the ’90s that Kristoff began spreading his wings and changing it up by taking on the role of hosting on such gigs as Soul Train, CBS Soap Break, BET Awards, The Daytime Emmys, and other events. He also served as a panelist on shows like Grill Me, Family Feud, Pyramid, and Hollywood Squares. All the while, he continued wowing fans with his multi-layered performance as Neil on Y&R.

In the 2000s, St. John kept his steady pace with work on such TV and films projects as Pandora’s Box, Arli$$, Carpool Guy, Spiritual Warriors, The First Family, Love That Girl, 20 Feet Below: The Darkness Descending, Family Time, Marry Us For Christmas, A Baby for Christmas and A Christmas Cruise. Kristoff also began using his vast talent reserve towards producing.

As a two-time Daytime Emmy Winner, Kristoff didn’t show any sign of slowing down. With acting, hosting, writing, producing, and directing credits under his belt there was just no telling what he would achieve next.

He worked with such legendary actors and performers as Richard Pryor, James Earl Jones, Diahann Carroll, Flip Wilson, Tony Orlando, Gladys Knight, Farrah Fawcett, Jon Voight, Della Reese, and Smokey Robinson.

Kristoff was also very active in raising money and awareness for Mental Illness, Juvenile Diabetes, and PETA. He passed away on February 3, 2019, at the age of 52.

Fast Facts

  • July 15, 1966 — Birthdate
  • Was a vegetarian.
  • Was of Caucasian and African American ancestry.
  • His father, Christopher St. John, portrayed revolutionary Ben Buford in 1971’s Shaft.
  • Was the one who created the Hollywood-based DVD/board game, ‘Becoming a Celebrity’ that hit toy store shelves in 2005.
  • In 2008, he was one of the producers of the independent feature film “A Bridge To Nowhere,” directed by Blair Underwood.
  • Passed away on February 3, 2019, at the age of 52.


  • Christopher St. John — Father
  • Marie St. John — Mother
  • Mia St. John — Ex-Spouse
  • Allana Nadal — Ex-Spouse
  • Julian St. John — Son
  • Paris Nicole St. John — Daughter
  • Lola St. John — Daughter


Kristoff St. John had been acting since the tender age of 7 when he debuted on That’s My Mama.

Until his passing, St. John had racked up the TV credits like Happy Days, Root: The Next Generations, The Bad News Bears, Beulah Land, The Atlanta Child Murders, The Cosby Show, A Different World, Diagnosis Murder, Martin, Family Matters, Suddenly Susan, Arlis$$, Generations, and Hanging with Mr. Cooper.

But it was his role as Neil Winters, since 1991, that made him a two-time Daytime Emmy winner and an international star. His birthday was July 15.

Kristoff St. John Photos

Actor (13 Credits)

Title Role Year

The Young and the Restless (TV Show)

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

Neil Winters 2017

Arli$$ (TV Show)

There's No I in Team — 2002


For Your Love (TV Show)

The Girl Most Likely To... — 1999

Charles Pressman 1999

Get Real (TV Show)

Performance Anxiety — 1999

Joe 1999

Suddenly Susan (TV Show)

The Apartment Hunt — 1998

Patrick 1998

Living Single (TV Show)

Reconcilable Differences — 1997

Regine's Boyfriend 1997

The Jamie Foxx Show (TV Show)

Break Yourself, Fool — 1997

Morris 1997

Hangin' with Mr. Cooper (TV Show)

Together Again — 1995
High Hopes — 1995
The Ringer — 1995

Eric 1995

Generations (TV Show)

Adam Marshall

A Different World (TV Show)

Advise and Descent — 1988

E.Z. Brooks 1988

The Cosby Show (TV Show)

Looking Back — 1987
Looking Back — 1987
Looking Back — 1987

David James 1987

Charlie & Company (TV Show)

Rent and Rave — 1986
Here's Rachel — 1986
Beaus and Arrows — 1985

Charles Richmond Jr. 1985 - 1986

Big John, Little John (TV Show)


Host (2 Credits)

Title Role Year

"The Young and the Restless" On-Set (TV Show)

Soap Break (TV Show)

Judge (1 Credit)

Title Role Year

America's Cutest Puppies (TV Show)

Grand Finale — 2007


Guest (9 Credits)

Title Role Year

Richard Simmons' Dream Maker (TV Show)

Episode 4 — 2017


The Talk (TV Show)

The Talk — 2014


The Arsenio Hall Show (TV Show)

The Arsenio Hall Show — 2014


Marie (TV Show)

Kristoff St. John — 2012


One Day With... (TV Show)

Kristoff St. John — 2006


Soap Talk (TV Show)

Carpool Guy Special — 2005


Wayne Brady (TV Show)

Wayne Brady — 2004


Pyramid (TV Show)

Pyramid — 2003


The Roseanne Show (TV Show)

The Roseanne Show — 2000


Appearing (5 Credits)

Title Role Year

Who Shot The Daytime Soap? (TV Show)

The Dr. Oz Show (TV Show)

Ask Dr. Oz: Soap Edition — 2010


Family Feud (TV Show)

The Young and the Restless vs. General Hospital — 2008


LA Ink (TV Show)

Funny Farm — 2008


Wheel of Fortune (TV Show)

Soap Stars Week: Hunks & Studs — 2006