Ridge Forrester has been through a lot of ups and downs on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL (including being tossed out of a helicopter!) so despite all the trouble that comes his way, the guy is definitely not one to give up. The character was introduced when B&B first premiered in March of 1987 and was played by actor Ronn Moss up until 2012 (with a brief fill-in from Lane Davies in 1992). Ridge returned to the canvas in 2013 with Thorsten Kaye taking over the role, and he is still playing it today.
The oldest of Eric and Stephanie Forrester’s children, Ridge was also a talented designer and a major part of the family business, Forrester Creations. He fell in love with Caroline Spencer, but just before the wedding, she found out he’d had a last-minute fling and broke up with him. As she married his brother, Thorne, Ridge fell for Brooke Logan. She became pregnant but miscarried their child and while Brooke was recuperating, Ridge slept with a drunk Caroline. Realizing they still loved each other, Caroline and Ridge reunited and tied the knot, but she was later diagnosed with leukemia and passed away.
Caroline’s dying wish was for Ridge to find happiness with Brooke, but she had already moved on to his father, Eric. So Ridge decided to romance Caroline’s doctor, Taylor Hayes. Brooke and Taylor clashed over who should be with Ridge, but then Taylor was presumed dead in a plane crash. Brooke was engaged to James Warwick, so Ridge crashed the wedding and stole her back. After Brooke and Ridge were married, Taylor turned up very much alive, and although he initially chose to stay with Brooke for the sake of their kids, Ridge eventually returned to Taylor.
Hoping to make Ridge jealous, Brooke got engaged to Grant, and they actually ended up getting married when Ridge didn’t make it to the wedding in time to stop it. Later, Grant was shot, and Ridge took the blame to protect the real shooter, Rick. When Ridge was released, Taylor wanted to tell him she was pregnant, but found him in bed with Brooke. So she claimed Thorne to be her babydaddy not realizing that Brooke had staged the scene after Ridge turned her down. Eventually, the truth that Thomas was Ridge’s son came out and Ridge returned to Taylor. They later welcomed twin daughters Steffy and Phoebe.
Ridge’s ex, Morgan DeWitt tricked him into getting her pregnant, but she lost the baby after a fight with Taylor, so she kidnapped Steffy and claimed her as her own. After Ridge saved his wife and daughter, Taylor was killed by Sheila Carter. Then Ridge learned that his real father was actually Massimo Marone. When Ridge was kidnapped by Sheila and presumed dead, a grieving Brooke slept with his half brother, Nick. So when she gave birth to R.J., it took a while before everyone discovered Ridge was the boy’s father.
Brooke waffled between the two men, but after she left Nick for Ridge, Taylor returned from the dead again. Stephanie faked a heart attack so Ridge would obey her dying wish to remarry Taylor, and even after her scheme was exposed, Ridge still went through with it. But learning that she’d lied about sleeping with James, he quickly dumped her to go back to Brooke. However, she decided to marry Nick instead, leaving Ridge broken-hearted. (Literally — he had a heart attack!)
After Nick left her for Bridget, Brooke wanted Ridge back, but he was in a relationship with Ashley Abbott. However, Ridge reunited with Brooke after she was raped. When Rick and Taylor had a brief fling, it led to a fight between Rick and Ridge that ended in Rick falling off a building and being temporarily paralyzed! Ridge and Taylor grew close again after their daughter, Phoebe, was killed in a car accident. But Brooke arrived at their wedding on horseback to interrupt and Ridge went back to the blonde again. The waffling between Brooke and Taylor finally came to an end when they remarried in 2012, but on their honeymoon, Ridge got fed up with her constant lies and opted not to return to Los Angeles with her, leaving Thomas in charge of Forrester in the meantime.
Ridge returned home in 2013 and tried to reconnect with Brooke, but ended up with her sister, Katie. Bill Spencer took this opportunity to woo Brooke, and even got her to walk down the aisle with him. But Ridge stopped their wedding in Abu Dhabi when he learned Bill had a one-night stand with Quinn Fuller. In retaliation, Bill ordered Justin to dump Ridge out of a helicopter into the Persian Gulf! Brooke found Ridge alive, but with memory loss and now unable to draw. Over time, Ridge found he was able to sketch again inspired by Caroline Spencer. This soon led to an affair that cost Ridge the CEO position. But when a jealous Rick became more and more unstable, culminating in shooting at Ridge and Caroline, Ridge used that as leverage to take over Forrester.
When Ridge learned he could no longer father children, he tried to break up with Caroline so she could be with someone who could give her a family. Devastated, Caroline got drunk and slept with Thomas, getting pregnant. Ridge revealed he couldn’t possibly be the father and Caroline confessed to her fling with Thomas. Ridge agreed to keep the baby’s paternity a secret, but after Douglas was born, the truth finally came out, and he set Caroline free to make a family with Thomas.
Ridge once again interrupted Brooke’s wedding to Bill to woo her back, and they got engaged at Christmas. There was a slight hiccup when he found himself drawn to Quinn, but Brooke forgave the minor indiscretion and they were remarried. Unfortunately, Bill continues to be a thorn in Ridge’s side, leading to constant arguments between the two, and even a fight that saw Ridge tossing Bill over a balcony! Brooke has stood by Ridge’s side, even knowing he pressured the judge to take custody of Will away from Bill, but how much longer can he maintain this fragile peace?
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