Highlight Hollywood’s Leading Men Gold Standard, Daniel Dae Kim, Stephen Nichols And Don Diamont, Powerful Actors, Strong Characters And Unstoppable Energy On Screen

Good things come in pairs, Great things come in threes!  This threesome of Highlight Hollywood Leading Men Gold Standard goes to the week’s best actors in television, who each had significant dramatic work to do, and they all did it with perfection.  All three of these men are well-known, beloved by millions and respected by their peers in Tinseltown. But what made them stand out so much over the week, is their unique blend of dramatic acting in very dramatic storylines, their ability to be slightly vulnerable though entirely masculine in all the right moments, and their ability to do so, with almost no-effort at all.  They are; Daniel Dae Kim, who portrays Chin on CBS’s “Hawaii Five-O,” Stephen Nichols, who portrays billionaire Tucker McCall on CBS’s number-one-drama “The Young and the Restless,” which celebrated its’ 10,000th episode on Thursday and Don Diamont, the true maverick in acting, who portrays billionaire publishing magnate Bill Spencer on CBS’s most watched daytime drama on the planet, “The Bold and the Beautiful.”

Daniel Dae Kim as the grieving husband, the worried cousin, the defiant officer of the law, who broke down long enough to kill one of the men responsible for his wife’s murder. Kim is unique in that he captures every moment and uses it, even when the scene is not his own. He’s a scene-stealer, but not intentionally. He respects his costars, he just can’t help it that he’s the most mesmerizing of the actors on “Hawaii Five-O,” on a show with every actor being at the top of their game, and a show so well written that it just is nothing short of dramatic and engaging.  My favorite scene on Monday night, was when Chin went home and found his wife had made their dinner, but she was on a slab in a morgue, never to be home again with the people she loved. That moment of disbelief became clarity through Kim’s eyes. We all knew Chin’s devastation, we all recognized grief. That is something that is a part of Daniel Dae Kim’s sharp work. He lives in the moment, and he makes us live it through his soul.

Speaking of great writing. “The Young and the Restless” is firing on all cylinders. Maria Arena Bell did a magnificent job with the 10,000th episode on Thursday. We learned, or Genoa City residents learned that Victor was not dead, but ready to go to battle. We watched on as Stephen Nichols, who portrays Tucker just managed to have it all in his grasp in one moment, and have it all taken away in another. Stephen’s magnificent scenes with Genie Francis were memorable. When Tucker coldly told Genevieve to get out of his office and she was no longer welcome in his presence, we felt the coldness of the Wisconsin winter winds blow months before they actually do.  When Stephen worked with Sharon Case, I remembered thinking, what chemistry. Then again, Stephen Nichols lacks chemistry with none of his leading ladies on “Y&R.”

The writing was crisp, while Nichols’s acting was dazzling. Stephen is such a humble fellow in real-life, but there is nothing humble about the almost impossible level of talent this man embodies.

Then on to Brad Bell’s “The Bold and the Beautiful.” When Katie got pregnant, we knew Brad had drama in mind. But when it all went down, it was Don Diamont, as the powerful husband, father and mogul Bill Spencer that took over the show. This leading man is one-of-a-kind. Don’s genius is that he knows every move to make before we do. He is the most masterful thespian in Hollywood today. He just knows his stuff, when to do it, how much to show, and the fact that he played so many scenes showing a level of vulnerability was not only a great move, it was the absolute right thing to do. Bill Spencer’s family means everything to him. His power and cutthroat business acumen is only topped by the level of love and commitment he has for Katie, Liam and now baby Logan. But the leading man who portrays Bill Spencer is nothing short of a hurricane-of-talent in a world parched with drought. His refreshing ability to make us smile, cry and laugh, just when he wants us to, is something we don’t trust to just any leading man. We trust Don with our emotions.

Kudos to “Y&R” for the 10,000th episode on Thursday and to Maria Arena Bell and Brad Bell, for “B&B’s” baby drama, which should garner Heather Tom, Don Diamont and Bradley P. Bell another Emmy nomination.

“The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful” both air weekdays on CBS.

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Written By: Tommy Lightfoot Garrett
Photographs are Courtesy: Daniel Dae Kim by CBS, Stephen Nichols by John Paschal/JPI Studios West Hollywood and Don Diamont by Gilles Toucas/Bell Phillip TV Productions

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