Kristoff made his television debut at age 8 in the sit-com series “That’s My Mama”. Now, 39 years later, he is one of the stars on CBS’s “Young and The Restless”, the number one rated drama for the past 25 years on daytime television, playing the popular character of Neil Winters. Is it just a coincidence that Kristoff has been starring on Y and R for 23 plus years.
His childlike gifts have all emerged into the full measure of a mature actor, as is evident by his eight Emmy Award nominations.
Two of Kristoff’s Emmy nominations came from starring in the short-lived, NBC-TV daytime drama, “Generations”. Kristoff was nominated as Best Supporting Actor in 1990, and in 1991. In 1992 he won the Emmy Award for his role of Neil Winters on “The Young and The Restless”. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1993, 1999, and also in 2000, 2006, 2007, and Kristoff won a second Emmy in 2008, for Best Supporting Actor for his role on The Young and The Restless.
Kristoff has had the distinct honor of winning the prestigious NAACP Image Award as Best Actor in a Daytime Drama, “The Young and the Restless” nine times. He has been nominated for the Image award sixteen times
Kristoff is no stranger to the CBS network, having starred in the series “Charlie and Company”, with Flip Wilson, Gladys Knight, and Della Reese. He was also a series regular on CBS’ “The Bad News Bears.” Kristoff also starred in the Spelling Series, “The San Pedro Beach Bums”.
As a child and young adult, Kristoff worked with legendary entertainers such as Richard Pryor, Tony Orlando, Diahann Carroll, Jack Warden, James Earl Jones, Bill Cosby, Flip Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Irene Cara, Gladys Knight, Farrah Fawcett, Jon Voight, and had the distinction of playing the title role of Young Alex Haley in “Roots 2”, for which he won a ‘Youth in Film’ award.
Kristoff has starred in many television dramatic features and mini series, (list available upon request) as well as over two dozen television guest star roles including “Suddenly Susan”, “Arliss”, “The Jamie Foxx Show”, “Get Real”, “Pensacola”, “Martin”, “Living Single”, “For Your Love”, “The Cosby Show”, “Diagnosis Murder”, etc. etc. Additionally, he had a recurring role, playing Holly Robinson’s boyfriend on the ABC-TV sitcom series “Hanging with Mr. Cooper”. He also guest starred in Bow Wow’s WB pilot project, “Saving Jason”.
Kristoff’s feature film credits include starring roles in “The Champ”, “Top of the Heap”, “A Man Called God”, and “Trois 2, Pandoras Box”,
Kristoff starred in the independent feature “Carpool Guy”, directed by and starring fellow daytime alum Corbin Bernsen.
Kristoff has appeared on “The Tonight Show”, with Jay Leno, and over three dozen other talk shows!
Kristoff was voted one of the 40 most fascinating faces by ‘People’ Magazine in 1998. Additionally, Kristoff was voted one of the ‘top ten soap studs’ of all time by E-On Line in 1999.
Unwilling to limit his artistic talents to acting, Kristoff formed his own production company to produce and direct his own projects,. One of Kristoff’s screenplays has been optioned by Warner Brothers.
From 1995-1997, he created, produced, and hosted the CBS series, “CBS Soap Break”, an up close and personal look at CBS soap stars.
Kristoff has written, produced, directed, and hosted two installments of a ‘behind the scenes’ video series entitled, “Backstage Pass to the 25th and 26th Annual Daytime Emmy’s”.
Kristoff has also written, produced and directed a children’s workout/exercise DVD starring his two children, Julian and Paris.
Kristoff was hired by the Starz network as an official spokesperson for the Black Starz channel.
In 2006, Kristoff was hired to host TV Guide’s “Close-up”, and “Soap Secrets”.
Kristoff hosted the Pre Show to the Golden Globes, Live on the Red Carpet, for the T.V. Guide Network in 2007.
Kristoff is also the brainchild of a Hollywood based DVD/board game, ‘Becoming a Celebrity’ that hit toy store shelves in 2005.
In 2008, Kristoff produced a $2 million dollar Independent feature film “A Bridge To Nowhere”, directed by Blair Underwood.
Kristoff was voted as one of TV Guides top 25 Sexiest Soap males in 2008.
Kristoff Guest Starred on “Everybody Hates Chris” in 2008, playing himself!
Summer of 2008, Kristoff hosted TV Guides “Soaps Top 25 Sexiest Ladies”
Kristoff won his second Emmy for playing the popular character of Neil Winters on “The Young and The Restless” in 2008.
In 2009, Kristoff Guested on the wildly popular “L.A. INK” show on TLC, adding to his tattoo collection!
Kristoff presented at the “World Magic Awards” in 2009.
Kristoff starred in the Wayans pilot project “Growing Up Wayans” in the summer of 2010, playing Kim Wayan’s husband and father to their 6 kids.
Kristoff was a recurring guest star on the sit-com “Family Time” airing on the Bounce Network.
Kristoff guest-starred in September 2013 on “Love That Girl” on TV One, working with Phil Morris, alumni from Y and R.
Kristoff guest-starred on Byron Allens, “The First Family”, August, 2013.
Kristoff worked on a feature film project 34 years in the making: “A Man Called God”, a unique ‘cult’ documentary about Kristoff’s travels to Southern India to study with a world renowned holy man that 50 million disciples call God.
Kristoff has three children, his son, Julian, and daughters, Paris and Lola.