Tuesday, January 6, 2015

'The Young and the Restless' Alum Beau Kazer Has Died at Age 63

Beau Kazer in 1976
Beau Kazer, who originated the role of Brock Reynolds on The Young and the Restless in 1974, passed away on December 30 in Thousand Oaks, CA. He was 63.

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."

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 below in which Brock reunited with his mother after her face lift.

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  1. I always enjoyed Brock, and was really unhappy he wasn't more prominent when Katherine passed away. Rest in peace, Mr. Kazer (Kayzer/Kayser).

  2. Rest in perfect peace....you will be missed.

  3. Even though he was not on the show any longer...I do hope he is not forgotten and that his character dies as well...hope you are listening B&B (Sally Specter Harrison)! We know she died but yet her character lives on off screen. I'm sorry but to me that is so disrespectful to the late Darlene Conley, the fans and the larger than life Sally Specter herself!

    Sorry 'bout that... It is a huge loss to the soap world. I hope he finds the peace he was searching for in life!

  4. Rest In Peace, Beau Kayzer!

    Brian :-|