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American Actor – Greg Rikaart
Greg Rikaart, born February 26, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Staten Island, is an American actor, best known for playing Kevin Fisher on the soap opera The Young and the Restless and for his gay role playing Jack’s boyfriend, David, during the final season of Dawson’s Creek.
Rikaart graduated with honors from Villanova University in Pennsylvania. While in college, he spent a semester in Washington, D.C., as an intern for a congressman on Capitol Hill.
Rikaart won the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in 2005. He also appeared in a number of popular TV shows including Dawson’s Creek as David (2002-2003); Fake Stacy as Josh Patterson (2003) and Gilmore Girls (2000) to name a few.
Rikaart almost didn’t realize his dream of being an actor, “I was a late bloomer. Growing up, it was instilled in me that after high school, I’d go to college, and it wasn’t until the end of my tenure there that I decided I had to do what was right for me, which meant moving to L.A. by myself.”
Of course, none of this would be happening if Rikaart hadn’t made an impression in the recurring role of Jack’s boyfriend, David, during the final season of DAWSON’S CREEK. “When I came into my audition at Y&R, Marnie Saitta, the casting director, wanted to see me based on that work,” he nods. “The great thing from that experience was when I received fan mail from a gay or lesbian teenager saying, ‘You helped me through a rough time.’ You realize there is a greater good involved with what we do.”
A greater good the actor almost didn’t realize. The Villanova University graduate “majored in political science and minored in English and communications, so naturally I became an actor,” he chuckles. “I was a late bloomer. Growing up, it was instilled in me that after high school, I’d go to college, and it wasn’t until the end of my tenure there that I decided I had to do what was right for me, which meant moving to L.A. by myself.”
The actor does confess that he is a little unnerved by his newfound fame. “It’s humbling, and makes me shy,” he confides. “My parents will send out e-mails to anyone who won’t block them about what I’m doing. It’s wonderful that they’re so supportive, but it’s a little embarrassing. But I do know things won’t always be up, so I’m trying to be fiscally smart and savvy.”