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Kristoff St. John (July 15, 1966 – February 3, 2019) was an American actor. From 1991 to 2019, he portrayed the role of Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless, which earned him eleven Daytime Emmy Award nominations, two Emmy Awards, and ten NAACP Image Awards.

Kristoff St. John
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St. John in 2000
Born(1966-07-15)July 15, 1966
DiedFebruary 3, 2019(2019-02-03) (aged 52)
Resting placeValley Oaks Memorial Park[1]
Other namesChristoff St. John
Years active1975–2019
Known forRoots: The Next Generations
The Young and the Restless
Spouse(s)
  • Mia St. John
    (m. 1991; div. 1995)
  • Allana Nadal
    (m. 2001; div. 2007)
Children3
Parent(s)Christopher St. John
Marie St. John

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Early lifeEdit

Kristoff St. John was born July 15, 1966, in New York City and grew up in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Los Angeles. His father, Christopher St. John, is a producer, actor and director, while his mother, Marie, is an entertainer.[2]

CareerEdit

As a ten-year-old child, St. John had a featuring role on the Saturday-morning comedy Big John, Little John, broadcast on NBC in 1976. St. John portrayed a young Alex Haley in the 1979 ABC miniseries Roots: The Next Generations.[3] He also made a small appearance as Booker Brown on the ABC sitcom Happy Days,[4] as well as a boyfriend of Denise Huxtable on an early episode of The Cosby Show.[5] In his first major role, he appeared as Charlie Richmond Jr. in the 1985 CBS sitcom Charlie & Co.[6]

St. John's first major soap role was Adam Marshall on the NBC soap opera Generations. After the show's cancellation in 1991, he originated the role of Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless, and played the character for 25 years;[7] no African American actor had appeared on the series more frequently than St. John. In 1992, he won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series for his role. On September 5, 1994, he hosted CBS Soap Break.[citation needed]

In 2005, St. John became a special host for TV Guide Channel. In 2007, he received his fifth Daytime Emmy nomination. He was nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor. In 2008, St. John won his second Daytime Emmy, as Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series.[citation needed]

Kristoff's last air date, as Neil Winters on The Young and the Restless, was on February 6, 2019.[8]

Personal lifeEdit

St. John was married and divorced twice. He had a son, Julian (1989–2014) and a daughter, Paris Nicole (born 1992) with his first wife, boxer Mia St. John. Julian died by suicide on November 23, 2014, following a long history of mental illness.[9] St. John was married to Allana Nadal from 2001 to 2007, and they had a daughter, Lola (born April 15, 2003).[10] On August 31, 2018, he was engaged to Russian model Kseniya Olegovna Mikhaleva.[11]

St. John was a vegan and animal rights advocate and appeared in two PETA ad campaigns.[12][13]

St. John died at his Los Angeles, California, home on February 3, 2019.[14][15][16] On March 19, 2019, it was announced that his death had been ruled accidental, with the cause listed as hypertrophic heart failure.[17]

FilmographyEdit

Year Title Role Notes
1975 That's My Mama Andy [7]
1976–77 Big John, Little John Homer [18]
1976 Happy Days Booker Brown
1977 Wonder Woman Linc as Christoff St. John
1977 The San Pedro Beach Bums Ralphie [19]
1979 The Champ Sonny [7]
1979 Roots: The Next Generations Young Alex Haley as Christoff St. John
1979–1980 The Bad News Bears Ahmad Abdul Rahim as Christoff St. John[2]
1984 The Cosby Show David James [7]
1985–1986 Charlie & Co. Charlie Richmond Jr. [18]
1988 A Different World E.Z. Brooks [7]
1989–1991 Generations Adam Marshall [18]
1989 Finish Line Tito Landreau
1991–2019 The Young and the Restless Neil Winters Series regular[18]
1995 Hangin' with Mr. Cooper Eric [18]
1998 Family Matters D'Andre [2]
1994–1999 CBS Soap Break Host [18]
1996 Martin Fred Livingston [7]
1997 Living Single Norwood [18]
The Jamie Foxx Show Morris [7]
The Nanny Himself
2001 Pandora's Box Victor Dubois [7]
2005 Carpool Guy Steven
2009 Everybody Hates Chris Himself
2013 20 Feet Below: The Darkness Descending Smitty
2017 A Christmas Cruise Jake TV movie

AwardsEdit

Year Award Work Result Ref
1985 Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series Charlie & Co. Nominated
1990 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Generations Nominated [20]
1991 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series Generations Nominated [21]
1992 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won [22]
1993 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Younger Leading Actor The Young and the Restless Nominated
1993 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won [23]
1994 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won [24]
1996 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won [25]
1997 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won
1998 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
1999 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
2000 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
2001 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
2002 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
2003 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won
2003 Soap Opera Digest Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor The Young and the Restless Nominated
2004 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won
2005 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
2006 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated
2007 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won
2007 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [26]
2008 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won [27]
2008 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won
2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won [28]
2014 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor in a Daytime Drama Series The Young and the Restless Won [29]
2015 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [30]
2016 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [31]
2017 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series The Young and the Restless Nominated [32]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Y&R' Star Kristoff St. John Will Be Buried Next to His Son". TMZ.com. February 9, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c Slotnik, Daniel E. (February 4, 2019). "Kristoff St. John, a Fixture of Daytime TV, Is Dead at 52". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  3. ^ Daniel Wilcox & Thad Mumford (writers); Georg Stanford Brown (director) (1979-02-22). "Part 5". Roots: The Next Generations. ABC.
  4. ^ James Ritz (writer); Jerry Paris (director) (1976-01-20). "Football Frolics". Happy Days. Season 3. Episode 18. ABC.
  5. ^ John Markus (writer); Jay Sandrich (director) (1984-11-15). "How Ugly Is He?". The Cosby Show. Season 1. Episode 9. NBC.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise; Petski, Denise (February 4, 2019). "Kristoff St. John Dies: 'The Young & The Restless' Actor Was 52". Deadline. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
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  8. ^ Arnowitz, Leora; Thompson, Julia (February 6, 2019). "Kristoff St. John's final 'Young and the Restless' scene airs, leaving fans in tears". USA Today. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
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  10. ^ "My Lil Lola Lemon is Officially a Teenager Today". Instagram.com. April 15, 2016.
  11. ^ Pasquini, Maria (September 3, 2018). "The Young and the Restless Star Kristoff St. John Is Engaged to Russian Model Kseniya Mikhaleva". People. Retrieved February 5, 2019.
  12. ^ "Emmy Award Winner Kristoff St. John Shows His Skin to Save Animals' Skins". PETA.org.
  13. ^ "Taking it Off for PETA". SoapOperaDigest.com. July 12, 2004.
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  22. ^ Associated Press (June 25, 1992). "CBS Takes Home Most Daytime Emmys : Television: 'All My Children's' Susan Lucci, nominated 13 times, gets a standing ovation--but no best actress award". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
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