|Michael Roark as Travis Crawford|
|The Young and the Restless|
|Portrayed by||Michael Roark|
|Current status||Former, Recurring|
|First appearance||April 29, 2016|
|Last appearance||December 6, 2016|
|Created by||Charles Pratt Jr.|
|Introduced by||Jill Farren Phelps|
|Occupation|| Working for Newman Enterprises |
Former Owner of Hank's Bar
Formerly Worked On Wall Street as a Commodities Trader
|Residence||Genoa City, Wisconsin|
Travis Crawford was a character on The Young and the Restless portrayed by Michael Roark from April 29, 2016 to December 6, 2016.
Travis is a bartender who owns Hank's Dive Bar frequented by Victoria Newman. He notices Victoria crying in his bar after a stressful day and helps her find a favorite song, All The Shiny Things, on his jukebox. She leaves him a $20 tip but runs out in tears.
Victoria returns to the bar after the death of her sister-in-law Sage Newman to escape her troubles. Travis remembers Victoria and offers her a free drink. Victoria confides that there was a death in her family and Travis lends a friendly ear. She asks Travis if he ever gets tired of listening to people's sob stories. Travis says, "It's one big country music song. It's all heartache, jail time and car wrecks". Victoria smiles, "You just described my life. My family is a country music song". She tells Travis that she has love/hate relationship with her father. He answers, "That's a song I can sing by heart".
Travis offers Victoria his hand and introduces himself. Victoria shakes his hand but lies and tells Travis that her name is "Tori" and that she is just a receptionist who answers phones all day for rich people. Travis looks into Victoria's eyes and tells her, "Whatever you're going through right now, you're going to be OK". Victoria asks if he has a crystal ball. Travis answers, "Your eyes. There's a lot of strength there".
Unbeknownst to Victoria, Luca Santori has hired a private investigator to follow Victoria and dig up dirt on her. He reports to Luca that she spends all her time working at the office or at home with her children. However she was spotted going into Hank's Dive Bar but he did not go inside. Luca orders his henchman, Rodney, to stalk Victoria into the bar next time and find out who she is speaking to.
Victoria returns to the bar seeking Travis who confides that he is actually the owner of Hank's Bar. He pulls her to the dance floor and chooses a new song for Victoria, "Wild Away". Travis and Victoria slow dance to the song and begin kissing. Luca's investigator watches them and snaps photos with his i-phone. Travis tells Victoria that he lives down the street from the bar and invites her back to his place. Victoria declines and rushes out of the bar.
Travis is surprised when Victoria returns to his bar. He tells her that he didn't think she would come back after the way she ran out. He makes her a drink which she describes as "mind-blowing" and again invites her back to his place at the end of his shift. This time Victoria says yes, and Travis replies that his night just got infinitely better.
Travis takes Victoria to his place and they make love for the first time. However Victoria receives a phone call from her son Johnny Abbott who wanted to say good-night to her. Travis overhears Victoria's phone call and asks her, "So, you have a kid?" Travis tells Victoria that he likes kids and wants to know her son's name. Victoria gets upset and once again runs out on him. The next day she returns to the bar and explains that Travis crossed the line by asking about her personal life. Victoria insists on keeping boundaries with him, no last name, no information, just fun. She tells Travis that it is over and she can never see him again. Their break up is witnessed by Luca's spy who texts his boss, "Not a one time thing! Can't stay away from each other".
Luca visits Hank's Bar and watches Travis work. He looks at photos of Travis and Victoria on his phone and smiles. He finally approaches Travis at the bar and chats him up while he orders a drink. Luca laments to Travis about a failed relationship with a woman who dumped him out of the blue. Travis commiserates and tells Luca that he understands. He confides in Luca about a woman in his life, "Tori", whom he felt a connection with. Travis shares that "Tori" is beautiful with the most intense pale blue eyes, and he felt she was special. However "Tori" dumped him out of the blue due to "complications" in her life. Luca encourages Travis that perhaps those complications may sort themselves out and "Tori" will walk back through his doors.
Travis is surprised when Victoria again returns to his bar. She explains that she may have over-reacted. Travis asks her for a dance, "One dance. One silent, question-less, last name-less dance." Victoria agrees and they dance together. Travis and Victoria again return to his place afterward. Victoria muses, "Here we are again, in the middle of the day". Travis mentions that this is probably more fun that what she usually does all day. She tells Travis, "I don't want to think about anything" as he undresses her. They make love for the second time.
After another night of making love, Victoria arrives at her office and discovers her phone is missing. She suddenly remembers that she accidentally dropped her phone while in bed with Travis. Meanwhile Travis wakes up and finds Victoria's phone in his bedroom. He sees her screensaver with a photo of Victoria's ex husband and their two children and becomes upset. When Victoria comes to his bar to retrieve her phone, Travis refuses to give it back. He tells her, "I'm not the kind of guy who sleeps with a married woman". Victoria informs Travis, "I am divorced". However Travis is disturbed that she would keep a photo of her Ex as a screensaver. Victoria explains that it's a photo of her children and her Ex just happens to be in it. Travis says he is glad they cleared it up.
After a fight with her Ex-Mother-In-Law, Victoria goes to see Travis and shares that there are some things he should know about her. She explains that she once thought she and her ex-husband could fix things but now she knows with certainty that they are never getting back together. Travis asks how Victoria feels about that and she answers that she is both sad and relieved. Travis tells Victoria that he doesn't mind being used but now she is free so maybe there is a chance this could be something more between them. However Victoria is hesitant to get involved, "You are such a sweet guy but I'm a mess. I'm a walking headcase with a ton of baggage. I don't want there to be more. There can't be more". She explains that what happened between them was really exciting but also very one-sided. Victoria understands if Travis doesn't want to see her anymore. She offers to leave and never return to the bar again. Travis answers that maybe that is for the best. However when Victoria turns to leave, he grabs her arm and stops her. Travis tells her, "I'm clear on what this is and what this isn't. I know I only have a part of you. Since we're being so honest, I do want more. But if you're not ready to give it, if you just want to leave things the way they are, the occasional slow dance and once in a while we go back to my place, I can live with that. If the alternative is losing you". Travis kisses Victoria. Unbeknownst to them, Rodney snaps more photos of them kissing. Travis and Victoria go back to his apartment and make love.
While Travis and Victoria are making love, Newman Enterprises experiences a crisis because of an oil spill but Victoria is unreachable since she had turned off her phone. Luca covers for her and manages the crisis in her absence. When Victoria returns to the office, Luca extends his assistance and says that he is looking out for her and the company. In return, Luca hopes that Victoria will ease up on him and let him prove himself to her. Victoria reluctantly agrees and hires Luca as a consultant.
Travis starts experiencing financial difficulties at his bar. He argues with his liquor distributor about needing inventory. He also argues with the Bank about needing $20,000 to buy a new air conditioner. Travis becomes angry and frustrated when the Bank refuses to lend him money. Rodney overhears Travis and reports the money problems to Luca. When Victoria also notices Travis's agitation, she asks if he is okay. Travis snaps that he needs $20,000 but there is nothing she can do about it. Victoria sympathizes, "So you need money?" Travis starts to rant about the Banks and how they won't part with their capital even for people with decent credit, "Loans are reserved for their cronies and the 1%. People just like them". Travis apologizes for dumping this on her, "You're not the enemy. Far from it". Travis says he is happy to see Victoria and disappointed she didn't come by last night. Victoria explains that her son was sick. Travis tells her that he is free tonight and they should take a walk by the lake and go back to his place. However Victoria says no, it doesn't work for her. Travis becomes frustrated, "You stood me up last night because of your son, you said, and now you can't see me tonight either?" Victoria explains that she is busy with work but she just wanted to check in with him and say Hi. Travis presses Victoria to admit she has feelings for him, "It wouldn't kill you to just once admit you wanted to see me". Victoria finally admits she wanted to see him but now she must go and runs out. Travis is upset and follows her.
Victoria leaves the bar and goes to the Genoa City Athletic Club where Neil Winters and Jack Abbott are holding a charity benefit for their new addiction foundation. Victoria hears Neil confess to the press that he has relapsed back into addiction. Her mother, Nikki Newman, takes the stage after Neil and talks about her own struggles and addictions. Nikki invites Victoria to speak on behalf of the entire Newman family as a show of support. Victoria takes the podium and makes an announcement, "It's our pleasure to announce that our company, Newman Enterprises, will donate $5 million dollars to the Abbott Winters Foundation to further its mission". Travis stands in the back of the room and watches Victoria. He is stunned by the reveal of Tori's true identity as billionaire heiress Victoria Newman. Travis and Victoria lock eyes and Travis storms out.
Travis returns to the bar and has flashbacks of Victoria's announcement. When Victoria arrives to talk to him, Travis angrily snaps at her, "Hang around another 10 minutes, Marty will come for his shift and you can go slumming with him!" Victoria explains, "Come on! That's not what this was. I told you I wanted to keep things separate and anonymous and I never lied to you". Travis explodes, "Poor working girl Tori slaving away for the shallow and ungrateful rich? I saw you Victoria in all your privileged Newman glory! Here's 5 million dollars you dirty peasants!". Victoria counters, "You're the one who lied. We made a deal to stay out of each others personal lives! But you broke that deal. You followed me!". Travis rages "I have a business to run. I have Bankers screwing me left and right. Unlike the big company you run, they're not smiling at me when I need a loan to stay afloat". Victoria says she understands that Travis is having financial difficulties and offers to help him. Travis reacts angrily, "You lie, get caught, and your answer is to just throw money at it! You see people as commodities that you can buy and sell because you have completely lost touch". Victoria responds "You don't know me" but Travis snaps "and whose fault is that?" Victoria explains that she grew up with privilege but there is more to her but Travis snaps, "You couldn't be honest with a guy like me". Victoria gets defensive and insists that she was right to keep things from him because he can't handle it, "You can't handle the person that I am. You have to reduce me to some stereotype! Why? Because you want to blame all your problems on the evil rich people?" Travis screams at Victoria, "Get out of my bar right now and just leave me the hell alone".
Victoria later returns to the bar and tries to reconcile with Travis. He tells her, "You lied to me repeatedly." However Victoria apologizes and explains, "My feelings for you and the way you make me feel, that's honest and real." She felt happier as "Tori" and just wanted to get away from her mess of a life. Victoria asks Travis for another chance, "Get to know me, the real me. I'm not Tori but I'm still the same woman who danced with you, and laughed with you, and slept with you". Travis says he was only an escape for Victoria. She admits that was true in the beginning; however, for the first time in a long time, she feels safe and trusts him, "You're kind, you're very sensitive, you're a good person, I can tell. I feel like there's something between us and I think you feel it too". Travis plays their favorite song on his jukebox and dances with Victoria.
Meanwhile Nick grows suspicious of Victoria's odd behavior and confronts Luca who admits that he had Victoria followed. Luca tells Nick about Victoria's relationship with Travis and shows him all the photos he collected of them together. Luca warns Nick, "This guy, the bartender, he may be a problem for us." Luca tells Nick the location of Hank's Bar. Luca later follows up with his investigator who tells him that Travis used to work on Wall Street as a commodities broker, "It looks like Victoria's new man has a few secrets of his own!".
While Travis and Victoria are dancing, Nick enters the bar and interrupts them, "So this is what you've been hiding!" Victoria is stunned that Nick would follow her. Nick scolds her, "You shouldn't be here! You're in some bar with strangers!" Victoria explains that Travis is not a stranger and that Hank's is her refuge from the world and makes her happy. Travis orders Nick to leave his bar and Nick insists his sister leave with him. Victoria reluctantly leaves with Nick but apologizes to Travis who says they still need to finish their dance later. After they leave, Travis closes up his bar and looks at a photograph of Victoria on his phone.
Victoria tries to calm Nick's fears about Travis, "He makes me feel safe and secure. Travis is very upfront". However Nick worries that Travis may be on the payroll of their father Victor Newman and if Victoria falls in love with him, Victor could use that as a weapon against her. Nick also informs Victoria that Luca has been spying on her activities with Travis. Victoria returns to the office and confronts Luca about having her followed and violating her privacy. Luca insists he was only trying to protect Victoria. He shows Victoria his research file, "Your friend Travis is a walking lie. He grew up poor but this guy also worked on Wall Street. He was a One-Percenter. He was a Commodities Trader. Specialty, Oil". Luca points out that the timing of the Newman Oil Leak and her meeting with Travis is suspicious, "Jukebox boy tried to ruin you and Newman Enterprises".
Meanwhile Travis is surprised that somebody paid off all his financial debts. He angrily assumes it was Victoria and leaves a message on her phone. Victoria shows up at his bar to confront him about his past. Travis yells at her "I told you I don't want your damn money!" Victoria denies paying his debt and snaps back that he clearly has money from his days on Wall Street working as a commodities broker. She yells that Travis is a hypocrite and she knows everything about his business ventures, "You lied to me about who you really were! Have you been honest with me about anything?".
Travis apologizes and explains, "My time on Wall Street, at first it was like a dream, the fast pace, the power, the money, I never felt a high like that before and I got caught up. I just lived and breathed my work. If you weren't talking about the market, I wasn't interested. This went on for years. I became someone I didn't recognize, I became someone I didn't like very much!" Travis says it's ironic that the world he cut ties with is the world that she lives in. He admits that he was an ass and should probably see a shrink for his self-esteem issues. He hid that part of himself from "Tori" the receptionist because he didn't want to drive her away, "I kept the past to myself because it's the past". Travis says the man he used to be was full of swagger and ego but now he's changed and wants another chance with Victoria, "There's something about you I want to explore".
Travis takes Victoria's hand and asks, "Tori Newman, CEO of Newman Enterprises and Mother of three, will you go steady with me?" Victoria laughs and answers, "Travis Crawford, former Wolf of Wall Street and Bartender extraordinaire, yeah, let's do it!" Travis and Victoria kiss and make it official, they are a couple. After making love until the morning, they decide to go public with their relationship. Victoria takes Travis to the Rooftop Bar of the Genoa City Athletic Club. They are spotted by Luca and Summer who approach them. Victoria introduces Travis, "I'd like for you to meet my new man!" Luca immediately takes Victoria aside, "What the hell are you doing with that guy? He tried to bring down our company! This guy is up to something I can feel it". Victoria snaps at Luca to back off.
She later takes Travis to Newman Enterprises and introduces him to Victor's portrait, "This is the safest way to meet my Father". Travis notices a press release on Victoria's desk about the Newman Oil Leak. He tells Victoria that it is a lie and they are passing the buck. Things become tense and Travis leaves. Victoria's mood darkens and starts to second guess how she handled the oil spill. She tells Nick about her doubts and how Travis reacted, "I accept Travis for who he is, I just think he's struggling with who I am". Nick encourages Victoria to fight for Travis, "If Travis is making you think of a more ethical way of doing business, maybe he's good for you! Maybe's he's exactly what you need".
Victoria returns to Hanks to see Travis who is surprised to see her. She admits she's been rethinking how she handled the oil spill and should have been more transparent, "There's a better way of doing things and I intend to hold myself to a higher standard from now on". Victoria says she can change how she does business but can't change the fact that she's a Newman. They also can't change the past and do things over again but they can go forward if that's an option, "I know we're coming from two different places and we don't always agree but I really like how you challenge me, I like it a lot actually, I don't know where this is gonna lead but I really really want to find out". Travis answers her with a very long and passionate kiss in the middle of the bar. Travis sold his bar and left town. He invited Victoria to take her kids and come with him, but Victoria declined, so Travis left town alone.
A couple of months later, Travis returned to expose Luca as the one behind the oil spill. Luca was arrested, and Travis and Victoria resumed their relationship. Travis got a job working for Victor at Newman Enterprises, but Ashley Abbott revealed that Travis had lied about voluntarily leaving the corporate world. The truth was he had been blacklisted from Wall Street after sleeping with his boss's wife, Michelle, who was also Ashley's friend. Michelle showed up in Genoa City, and Travis slept with her after having a fight with Victoria about Billy, and getting drunk. Ashley and Travis successfully forced Michelle out of town, but then Billy found out, and told Victoria after Travis proposed and rushed to get married in December. Victoria kicked Travis out of the house, and he left town after realizing Victoria wouldn't forgive him.
Crimes and Misdeeds
- Slept with his boss's wife, Michelle Hazelton.
- Punched Luca Santori (2016).
- Lied to Victoria Newman about being blackballed from Wall Street (2016).
- Jailed with Billy Abbott for getting into a bar brawl (2016).
- Slept with Michelle Hazelton again while in relationship with Victoria Newman (Nov 2016)