Greg Rikaart

Active - 2003  |   Born - Feb 26, 1977 in Brooklyn, New York, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Musical

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Soap opera star Greg Rikaart first made his presence known to television viewers with bit parts on Felicity and Gilmore Girls before landing a recurring role on Dawson's Creek in 2002. While subsequent roles in the films Wannabe and X2 hinted at feature-film aspirations, it was his Emmy Award-winning role in the long-running daytime drama The Young and the Restless that earned Rikaart the most acclaim. Cast as a young man struggling to recover from an abusive childhood, he displayed a vulnerability and natural presence that quickly won over viewers. Even with his busy soap schedule, Rikaart found time for some primetime guest spots on shows like The Closer, CSI: Miami and Bones.

Rikaart graduated from Villanova University in Pennsylvania with honors, later interning on Capitol Hill before moving to Hollywood to pursue an acting career.

Factsheet

  • Aspired to be an architect as a child.
  • Was a political science major with minors in English and communication, and interned for a congressman on Capitol Hill for a semester.
  • Made his big break into television with a recurring role as David on Dawson's Creek.
  • Won the 2005 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Kevin Fisher on The Young and the Restless; received additional nominations in that same category in 2006 and 2007.