Ridge Forrester
Ridge Forrester is a fictional character
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 from the CBS
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 soap opera
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, The Bold and the Beautiful
The Bold and the Beautiful
The Bold and the Beautiful is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS Daytime. It premiered on March 23, 1987....

. The character was introduced in the series premiere on March 23, 1987 and has been a regular fixture ever since. Ronn Moss
Ronn Moss
Ronald Montague "Ronn" Moss is an American actor, musician and singer/songwriter, a member of the band Player, and best known for portraying Ridge Forrester, the dynamic fashion magnate on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful since 1987.- Early life and music career :Ronn Moss was born...

 has played the role from the beginning and is one of the four remaining original cast members, along with Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery
Susan Flannery is an American soap opera actress. She is known for her role Stephanie Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful and for her role as Dr. Laura Spencer Horton on Days of our Lives ....

, John McCook
John McCook
John McCook is an American actor best known for his roles on daytime soap operas.-Career:Since 1987, he has played the role of Eric Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful. From 1976 to February 1980, he portrayed the character of Lance Prentiss on The Young and the Restless. In addition, he has...

 and Katherine Kelly Lang
Katherine Kelly Lang
Katherine Kelly Lang is an American actress. She is known for her role as Brooke Logan Forrester on The Bold and the Beautiful .-Personal life:...


Ridge Forrester: The favorite son

Ridge Forrester is the son of Eric
Eric Forrester
Eric Forrester is a fictional character on the CBS Daytime soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. He has been portrayed by John McCook since the show's debut in 1987...

 and Stephanie Forrester (until a 2001 storyline changes his paternity), the oldest of the five Forrester children: Thorne
Thorne Forrester
Thorne Forrester is a fictional character on CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. The character has been played by Winsor Harmon since December 1996; previously, the role was played by Clayton Norcross from the show's premier in 1987 until 1989, then by Jeff Trachta from 1989 until 1996.-The...

, Kristen, Felicia
Felicia Forrester
Felicia Forrester is a fictional character from the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She was previously played by actress Lesli Kay from November 2005 to November 2009, and October to December 2010. Previously the character was portrayed by Colleen Dion-Scotti from 1990 to 1992, 1997,and...

 and Angela
Angela Forrester
Angela Forrester is a fictional character from The Bold and the Beautiful.This page mostly refers to an imposter posing as Angela.The real Angela Forrester was never on-screen, but it was an imposter posing as her who was on the show, played by Judith Borne from...

. He is initially portrayed as an arrogant playboy who fully enjoys his status as the favored son. Yet, like Eric, Ridge is a talented designer and is the one expected some day to take over the family business, Forrester Creations
Forrester Creations
Forrester Creations is a fictional fashion house from the CBS daytime drama The Bold and the Beautiful. It is located on fictional S. Haragate Avenue in Los Angeles.-History:...

. His rivalry with Thorne eventually leads to disaster.

A wedding deferred

As a playboy, he dates the virginal heiress, Caroline
Caroline Spencer
Caroline Spencer Forrester is a fictional character in the American soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. The role was played by Joanna Johnson from March 23, 1987 to early July 1990...

. Her father—the publishing tycoon, Bill Spencer—disapproves of him and demands that he break things off with his daughter. An infuriated Ridge responds by proposing to her, and she accepts. Just before the wedding ceremony, Bill tells Caroline that he had Ridge followed and knows for a fact that he slept with another woman just a week before. She walks down the aisle alone, still determined to go through with the wedding, but collapses before she reaches Ridge. While at the hospital, she meets and befriends Brooke Logan
Brooke Logan
Brooke Logan Forrester is a fictional character from the CBS Daytime soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. She has been portrayed by Katherine Kelly Lang since the series debuted in March 1987, although Catherine Hickland and Sandra Ferguson briefly filled in on two occasions when Lang was on...

, who will eventually prove to be her main rival for Ridge's affections.

Eventually, Caroline turns to Thorne, who helps her recover from a rape, and they marry. Thorne brings Caroline to live with him in the Forrester home, where Ridge and their parents still live. Ridge invites Brooke, of whom Stephanie fiercely disapproves, to move in with him; and the six of them living together proves toxic. Ridge decides to pull a prank on a tipsy Caroline. He slips into her bed; but she thinks he is Thorne (or convinces herself that she thinks it) and has sex with him. Thorne finds out and, with booze and sleeping pills swimming inside him, takes a gun and shoots Ridge in the back of the head before stumbling into bed. He wakes up with no memory of Caroline's infidelity or of his attempted murder. The only one who knows of the latter is Stephanie, who does her best to keep Thorne and Caroline together, terrified that a split would trigger Thorne's memory. She also chokes down her hatred of Brooke and encourages her relationship with Ridge—strictly in order to keep him away from Thorne's wife.

All her efforts fail. The truth of the shooting comes out. Brooke miscarries and Ridge goes back to trying to convince Caroline to marry him.

Brooke vs. Taylor

Caroline's dying wish is that Ridge and Brooke reunite, but Brooke ends up marrying Ridge's father, while Ridge marries Caroline's oncologist, Taylor Ashford Hayes. By the time Taylor is presumed dead in a plane crash, Brooke is engaged to Taylor's associate, James Warwick
James Warwick (The Bold and the Beautiful)
Dr. James Warwick is a fictional character in the US soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful, portrayed by Scottish actor Ian Buchanan under contract from October 6, 1993 to February 24, 1999, December 2007 until March 2008, and from February 2009 until January 2010...

. Ridge initially encourages their relationship, but he ends up crashing their wedding. He and Brooke soon marry instead. When Taylor turns up alive, Ridge initially chooses to stay with Brooke because he has established a strong paternal bond with his father's two children, Rick and Bridget, and informed Taylor that while he loved her and wanted to be with her, the children would be devistated if he left their mother; but when Brooke is caught kissing a designer named Grant Chambers after rejecting his offer of dating her, Ridge decides he's going to go back to Taylor.

This sets in motion a bitter rivalry between Brooke and Taylor that will last for decades and eventually involve the adult children of both women. They help in the fight to keep Ridge with their respective mothers, or in the case of Rick
Rick Forrester
Eric "Rick" Forrester Jr. is a fictional character from the daytime soap opera The Bold and The Beautiful. The role was originated by child actor Jeremy Snider from 1991–1995. Then the character was aged to a teen with Steve Hartman from 1995-1997 and Jacob Young from 1997-1999. Rick was recast by...

 (son of Eric), keep him away from her.

Marriage to Taylor

In an attempt to make Ridge jealous, Brooke threatens to elope with Grant if Ridge doesn't agree to remarry her. When Ridge refuses, she goes through with the wedding. She later gives Grant control over Forrester Creations to hurt Ridge. But when Brooke's son, Rick, shoots Grant, Ridge confesses to the crime to protect him for Brooke's sake. Through Grant's pleading, the court goes easy on him. While waiting for his sentencing, Ridge and Taylor make love in his motel room, where she ends up pregnant with Thomas. Before she can tell him the news, she finds him in Brooke's bed, drunk. Taylor nearly loses the baby as a result. She and Thorne conspire to keep the paternity of the child a secret; but Ridge tells Taylor that he wishes the baby were his. Brooke announces that she is also pregnant, but Taylor demands proof. Without it, she'll reveal to Ridge the truth of the baby's paternity. Brooke secretly moves up the wedding date. She and Ridge marry and then she has an immediate miscarriage, which Taylor suspects is too conveniently timed. Taylor has her baby, which she names Thomas (after the island, St. Thomas, on which Ridge first proposed to her). When Ridge learns he is Thomas's father and that Brooke conspired to keep the baby's paternity a secret, he has his marriage to Brooke annulled. He and Taylor marry for the second time in the summer of 1998. On the September 21, 1999 episode, the couple have identical twin daughters, Steffy
Steffy Forrester
Stephanie "Steffy" Spencer is a fictional character on the American CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. She is the beautiful, scheming, seductive daughter of Ridge Forrester and Taylor Hamilton Hayes and the twin sister of Phoebe...

 and Phoebe
Phoebe Forrester
Phoebe Forrester was a fictional character in CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. The first actress to play the character on a contract basis was Addison Hoover, who joined the show in April 2005 and left just months later. Since July 11, 2006, Phoebe has been played by MacKenzie Mauzy...


Several ordeals undermine his happiness during the marriage. His old lover, Morgan DeWitt
Morgan DeWitt
Morgan DeWitt is a fictional character in the American soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful. The character, played by Sarah Buxton, appeared from 2000 to 2001 and made another brief appearance in 2005.-Character:...

, tricks him into getting her pregnant. A physical confrontation with Taylor leads to Morgan miscarrying, which in turn leads to her kidnapping Steffy, faking the child's death and passing the girl off as her own. Morgan eventually has both Taylor and the child held captive; but Ridge manages to save them both. But it's an unrelated ordeal with another psychopath—Eric's ex-wife, Sheila Carter
Sheila Carter
Sheila Carter is a fictional character who appeared on both The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful...

—that leads to true disaster. Sheila has Eric and Brooke held at gunpoint when Taylor arrives and struggles with Sheila for the gun. The gun goes off, Taylor is shot and—in the October 22, 2002 episode—she dies in Ridge's arms.

Massimo Marone

In 2001, the shipping magnate, Massimo Marone
Massimo Marone
Massimo Marone IV was a fictional character on the CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. The character was played by veteran actor Joseph Mascolo from August 23, 2001 to July 7, 2006.-Character:...

, comes to town and woos Ridge's mother, Stephanie. Ridge opposes his efforts, and during a heated argument with him, cuts his hand deeply. This leads to a hospital visit and a doctor's discovery, divulged to Stephanie, that the blood types of Eric and Ridge make it impossible for them to be father and son. Stephanie reveals to Massimo that he therefore must be Ridge's father, conceived during a trip to Lake Geneva
Lake Geneva
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 in their college days. Stephanie convinces a reluctant Massimo to keep Ridge's paternity secret. Massimo secretly makes Ridge sole heir in his will and offers him a job at his company, Marone Industries. The truth eventually comes out to both Ridge and Eric, who are furious with Stephanie.

Over time, Ridge's feelings about his paternity prove mixed: he is proud to be Massimo's son, but unhappy not to be Eric's. Eric's real sons, Thorne and Rick, have frequently exploited Ridge's lack of a biological tie to Eric. The short-term result of this revelation was Ridge leaving Forrester Creations to work at Marone, where he proves a great success, even acquiring Spectra Fashions (a longtime rival of Forrester) and renaming it Logan Designs before giving it to Brooke and proposing to her.

Ridge vs. Nick

Brooke is dating both Ridge and a Marone employee named Nick Payne, a ship's captain. Nick is soon revealed to be Massimo's son and thus Ridge's half-brother. Nick and Ridge both compete for Brooke, and Massimo is caught in the middle. Brooke eventually chooses to marry Ridge. They go on their honeymoon in South America
South America
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, where Ridge is kidnapped by a group of thugs working for Sheila. While attempting to rescue Ridge, Brooke and then Nick are held captive by Sheila, who demands from Massimo $10 million in gold as ransom. Massimo stages a rescue, but Ridge ends up falling into a furnace and is presumed dead. Later, in her grief, Brooke makes love to Nick. When Ridge proves to be alive, he discovers that Brooke is pregnant, and that the baby may be Nick's.

R.J. Forrester

A paternity test (which later proves false) reveals that Nick is the father of Brooke's child. Ridge is crushed, but tells Brooke he wants to raise the child as his own. But Brooke has their marriage annulled. Stephanie and Eric try to persuade Ridge to step aside; and Nick's mother, Jackie, supports her son's relationship with Brooke. So does Massimo, which leads to Ridge turning his back on him and on Marone Industries. But it turns out that Ridge is the real father. When Brooke gives birth to the child, she names him Ridge Forrester, Jr. Thomas nicknames him R.J.

Thorne Forrester: The favorite son

Ridge returns to Forrester where Eric welcomes him back with open arms. Ridge is soon caught in a power struggle with Thorne, who was made president of Forrester during Ridge's time at Marone. It ends with Thorne leaving Forrester and joining Spectra Fashions, where Thorne proves himself within the industry. Circumstances lead to Ridge believing that Stephanie and Eric now favor Thorne; but this seeming favoritism is short-lived, as Thorne eventually resumes his status as second-class son.

Taylor's second return from the dead

Brooke returns to Ridge, but their marriage faces a new crisis. At the wedding of Nick and Bridget, a mysterious woman screams, and Ridge is sure that it's his dead wife, Taylor. Ridge, Nick and Thorne dig up Taylor's grave and find the "corpse" inside is a fake. And then Taylor, very much alive, appears in the graveyard. She explains that Prince Omar (who had prevented her from returning to him the last time she was presumed dead) kidnapped her, faked her death and took her back to his palace, where a painter named Dante Damiano
Dante Damiano
Dante Damiano is a fictional character on American soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. Dante was played by actor Antonio Sabàto, Jr. from June 2005 to November 2006.-Character:...

 helped her escape.

Now Ridge must make a decision: Brooke or Taylor. He decides that he will spend one day with Taylor and one day with Brooke, but have no sex with either. Brooke cheats by trying to seduce Ridge on the day he has with Taylor. Stephanie has a dirty trick of her own: she fakes a heart attack in order to manipulate Ridge into carrying out her final wish, which is to see him with Taylor. Ridge and Taylor marry right there in Stephanie's hospital room. During this crisis in her life, she and Nick (despite his being married to Bridget) become closer.

Ridge uses Donna as bait

Taylor confesses to Ridge that she had been unfaithful to him twenty years earlier with James Warwick when the two were trapped at Big Bear (an isolated cabin owned by the Forresters). Ridge forgives the infidelity, but not her hypocrisy in condemning Brooke over the years. A number of other factors finally ruin his marriage—including the kiss she shared with the ex-firefighter, Hector Ramirez; her cover-up of Thomas's quickie marriage to a woman named Gabriela Moreno; and the revelation that Stephanie's heart attack was faked. Ridge tries to return to Brooke, but she rejects him, explaining that him walking out on her was too much like her father walking out on her family when she was a girl. Instead, she resigns from Forrester and marries Nick, which leads to Ridge having a heart attack. At the hospital, a semi-conscious Ridge cries out for Brooke; and Stephanie is left with no choice but to persuade Brooke to return to L.A. to help Ridge recover. She does so, but then returns to Nick.

Ridge begins dating Brooke's sister, Donna
Donna Forrester
Donna Logan is a fictional character on CBS soap opera The Bold and the Beautiful. The character was played by Carrie Mitchum on a contract basis from 1987 to 1991 and made guest appearances in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 2001...

, hoping Brooke will be jealous. And during Brooke's bedroom fashion show, he uses this very public venue to take Brooke and kiss her. This causes trouble between him and Donna and between Nick and Brooke. Nick has a one-night stand with Bridget, who ends up pregnant—but it turns out by Dante, not by him. This news comes too late, especially since Nick's other transgression was blackmailing the Forresters into selling him Forrester Creations. Brooke leaves Nick.

Rick returns

Rick returns from Paris and blames Ridge and Stephanie for the loss of Forrester Creations. Rick makes it no secret that he wants to prevent the marriage between Ridge and Brooke. Ridge, for his part, is opposed to Rick's involvement with his daughter, Phoebe. Brooke, Ridge, Rick, and Phoebe go to Sydney, Australia on a business trip to promote the boutiques for their new company, Forrester Originals. There, Ridge finds Rick and Phoebe in a hotel bed together. Ridge assaults Rick, which motivates Brooke to break off their engagement, fly back to L.A. and beg Nick to marry her, offering to him the child she denied him during their marriage and even offering to let him adopt Hope. She even resigns from Forrester Originals and goes to work with Nick at Forrester Creations. But all to no avail. He marries Taylor, and Brooke tries to return to Ridge, who rejects her. He has his eye on the new chemist at Forrester Originals, Ashley Abbott
Ashley Abbott
Ashley Suzanne Abbott McCall is a fictional character from the American soap opera The Young and the Restless, currently played by American actress Eileen Davidson, who had played the character for a total of more than 16 years prior to her return in September 2008...

 (a character who had been well established years earlier on The Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless
The Young and the Restless is an American television soap opera created by William J. Bell and Lee Phillip Bell for CBS. The show is set in a fictional Wisconsin town called Genoa City, which is unlike and unrelated to the real life village of the same name, Genoa City, Wisconsin...


Shane McGrath

Ridge finds new trouble with the aspiring actor, Shane McGrath, who is living with the Forresters when he tries to commit suicide with a gun. Ridge struggles with him for it, the gun goes off, and Shane is shot dead. Ridge, fearing he would be blamed for Shane's death, wraps his body in a garment bag and an anchor chain and uses Nick's boat to dump Shane's body in Santa Monica Bay. Burdened with guilt, Ridge confesses his crime to his mother. Stephanie convinces Ridge to frame Nick for Shane's murder as payback for stealing Forrester Creations. Ridge does so, but when Nick is convicted of the crime, he confesses to the police.
His lawyer, Christine Blair
Christine Blair
Christine Marie Ellen "Cricket" Blair is a fictional character on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, portrayed since July 1983 by Lauralee Bell...

 (another well-established character from The Young and the Restless), successfully defends Ridge. Meanwhile, the truth comes out about Grant Chambers.

Engagement to Ashley Abbott

Ridge's romance with Ashley ends when it is revealed that Rick and Ashley had a one-night stand in Mexico on the night Ridge was arrested. But Ridge eventually forgives Ashley, and they end up engaged. Brooke begs Ridge to take her back, especially after she finds Ashley's engagement ring and thinks it is for her. Stephanie continues to want Brooke away from Ridge and hires a man named Andy Johnson to keep her occupied. But Andy rapes Brooke. Her ordeal brings Ridge and Brooke close again. Ashley demands that Ridge choose between them. He chooses Brooke, and Ashley returns to her hometown, Genoa City
Genoa City (fictional city)
Genoa City, Wisconsin is the fictional setting for the long-running American CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. The real U.S. village of the same name is otherwise unlike and unrelated to the mid-size city depicted in the series.- Overview :...


Death of Phoebe

Rick is now involved with Taylor. Phoebe, holding out hope for a reunion with Rick, angrily confronts him in his car. As he drives, she attacks him, causing him to run off the road and crash. He survives, but Phoebe is killed. Ridge's grief is overwhelming; but Rick's involvement in the accident is what puts a terrible strain on his relationship with Brooke. Rick makes matters even worse by pursuing Steffy, who falls in love with him. Ridge ends up returning to Taylor and nearly marries her at the family's summer house; but Brooke rides up on a horse to stop the wedding. Ridge and Brooke end up marrying yet again.

Hallucinogenic berries

Now it is Ridge's son, Thomas, who puts a strain on his marriage with Brooke. He creates a new line at Forrester called Taboo, and in order to sell it, he manufactures a scandal: he kisses Brooke in full view of the press and their cameras. The sexual tension between them is not wholly faked, but despite Thomas being the aggressor, the marriage nearly ends. Just as things are about to return to normal, Brooke and Thomas end up together on a plane that crashes on a remote island. The two of them, nearly starving, find berries to eat. They prove to be hallucinogenic and inspire a kind of innocent eroticism in the two. Eventually, they are saved and Ridge is thrilled to have his wife and son back. But when Stephanie finds out about the berries, she conspires with Thomas to break up Ridge and Brooke with a lie: she bribes Thomas into claiming that he and Brooke had sex on the island. Brooke, unable to remember such an event, believes Thomas nevertheless and sinks into self-hatred. She pushes Ridge for a quick divorce and a quick remarriage to Taylor. But just before the ceremony is complete, the truth comes out, and Ridge returns to Brooke (their divorced is cancelled.).

Steffy marries Liam

Now Ridge is faced with the shocking news that Steffy married Liam Spencer, who had been previously engaged to Hope, on October 11, 2011.
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