Ricktopia Interviews

Doug Davidson

Doug Davidson joined the cast of "The Young and the Restless" as Paul Williams in May 1978.

For his portrayal of the charismatic private investigator, Doug was awarded the 1997 Soap Opera Award for Best Supporting Actor. He also received Soap Opera Awards for Outstanding Hero in 1991 and 1992.

In 1998 and 1999, Doug hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade. He was also the host of the nighttime version of CBS's The Price is Right. He co-starred in the Judith Krantz mini-series I'll Take Manhattan and The Initiation of Sarah, and appeared as a guest star in the CBS series Diagnosis Murder. Doug was the master of ceremonies for the Miss California Pageant and hosted the Kenny Rogers Cerebral Palsy Telethon.

He co-starred with Paul Reiser in the feature film Mr. Write, and had supporting roles in the films Don't Stop Now and Fraternity Row.

Aside from hobbies which include traveling, camping and playing the bagpipes, Doug enjoys contributing much of his time to various charities, including the YMCA. He and his wife, actress Cindy Fisher, have teamed up to serve as National Honorary Chairpersons for WE-TIP, a non-profit anonymous tip line that aids in crime prevention.

(Bio courtesy of CBS Daytime)

Doug Davidson, longtime friend of Rick's has kindly answered a few of our burning questions... Thanks Doug!!!


What is your biggest daily challenge?

Getting out of bed. 

What's your favorite Rick Springfield song? Why?

Don't think I have just one favorite. 

Cup half empty or half full?

What are we drinking?

Last CD that you purchased?

A local symphony CD because it supported my daughters orchestra... 

Fill in the blank: When I grow up...


Morning person or night owl?

See question number one. Definitely night owl. 

How many times have you seen EFX Alive with Rick?

Haven't seen it...

What do you think of it?

Knowing Rick, I'm sure it's terrific! He is known to never let his audience down. 

Las Vegas - Love it or hate it?

Mixed reviews. I think its really matured a lot. I like the fact that there is now more to do there than gamble, since I don't do a lot of that. The people are great. I seldom have time for vacations and when I do I prefer the beach instead of the desert.

9/11/01 - How has it changed you and the things you do?

I think I'm nicer. I go out of my way now to help people. Not that I was ever mean, its just that I think I value my fellow human being more. I think that 9/11 is a greater loss if we do not change our behavior in some way. I think that if we don't turn it into a positive change in some way, those innocent people really died for no purpose. I would like to think they had some important purpose. What I see, that I don't like, is the product of what our land of opportunity can breed. I'm not sure that the meek will inherit the earth. I don't know if it is the community I'm in or the lack of time we seem to have in today's world, but I often see aggressive people with no time for anybody and the desire to get ahead in the work force, with no regard to anyone else. It seems to be changing into an "every man for himself" world. The world is so competitive that things like manners, and kindness are eliminated. Have you noticed how many people don't let you in on the freeway ramp?

My son was in a track meet yesterday. He was running the 1500 meter. Three boys were ahead of him. The first boy ahead of him tripped the second boy and he went down. He ran a great race and then went down because another had tripped him to win. He was shocked and emotional. Another boy passed him when he was down. I yelled at the boy on the ground to get up, to finish the race. It was the only encouragement that boy needed. He finished and won a medal for third place. People asked me if that was my son. I said, no I didn't know the boy. My son was the one who came in fourth and didn't win anything. They were appalled at the fact that I would help a boy at the cost of my son winning a medal. They missed the point. The boy that fell is all of our sons. I hope that 9/11 has grouped us as one, and in doing so it has united us. Perhaps as a unit we can help each other get ahead, survive and succeed in this free world. And hey guys, let's not forget out manners!!


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