Don Diamont as Bill Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful
In the hands of a lessor actor, Bill Spencer would be a caricature, a mustache-twirling super villain who schemes his way into a corner and can’t get out of it. Don Diamont is no lessor actor. He effortlessly commanded attention in 2012 – whether he was scheming to keep Hope away from Liam or fighting with Katie over her risky pregnancy – he was captivating. Don Diamont is what a modern day leading man should be – strong yet vulnerable when necessary. He’s not afraid to let you hate him, because even when you do, you can understand his character’s point of view.
Diamont balances Bill’s righteous conviction with a deep sense of love for his family. In his mind, he’s doing the right thing, even if you don’t think so. When Bill learned Katie was pregnant, he demanded she abort her pregnancy! Not wanting to face the possibility of losing Katie, he openly told her if it came down between her and the baby, he’d choose her.
The scenes where Katie lay dying showcased some of Diamont’s best work all year. He willed her to come back to him and their family as he poured out his heart and soul.
Honorable Mentions: James Scott as EJ DiMera, Days of our Lives; Maurice Benard as Sonny Corinthos, Billy Miller as Billy Abbott, The Young and the Restless