Famous Ex-Daytime Soap Opera Stars


These are people that became famous after or during their soap stint
not people that were already famous such as Liz Taylor & Lee Meriwether


Updated with help from Leo Logan (Willimantic, CT)
  1. Danneel Ackles - Shannon McBain (One Life to Live, 2003-04)
  2. Jensen Ackles - Eric Brady (Days of Our Lives, 1997-2000)
  3. Richard Dean Anderson - Dr. Jeff Webber (General Hospital, 1976-81)
  4. Christina Applegate (Days Of Our Lives, 1972)
  5. Tichina Arnold - Zena Brown (Ryan's Hope, 1987-1989) and Sharla Valentine (All My Children, 1989-1991)
  6. Armand Assante - Dr. Mike Powers (The Doctors, 1975-77)
  7. Kevin Bacon - Tod Adamson (Search for Tomorrow, 1979) and T. J. 'Tim' Werner (Guiding Light, 1980-81)
  8. Alec Baldwin - Billy Allison Aldrich (The Doctors, 1980-82)
  9. Christine Baranski - Beverly Tucker (Another World, 1983)
  10. Andrea Barber - Carrie Brady (Days of Our Lives, 1982-86)
  11. Mischa Barton - Lilly Benton Montgomery (All My Children)
  12. Angela Bassett - Leonie Peach (Ryan's Hope, 1987)
  13. Kathy Bates - Belle Bodelle (All My Children, 1984) and Phyllis (The Doctors, 1977)
  14. Warren Beatty (Love Of Life)
  15. Noelle Beck - Patricia 'Trisha' Alden Sowolsky Hartman McKenzie (Loving, 1984-1993, 1995)
  16. Bonnie Bedelia - Sandy Porter (Love of Life, 1961-67)
  17. Maria Bello (Ryan's Hope)
  18. Ashley Benson - Abigail Deveraux (Days of Our Lives, 2004-07)
  19. Robby Benson - Bruce Carson (Search For Tomorrow, 1971-72)
  20. Tom Berenger - Tim Seigel (One Life To Live, 1975-76)
  21. Corbin Bernsen - Ken Graham (Ryan's Hope, 1984-85)
  22. Jason Biggs - Pete Wendall (As the World Turns, 1994-95)
  23. Yasmine Bleeth - Ryan Fenelli Hyde (Ryan's Hope, 1985-89) and LeeAnn Demerest Buchanan (One Life To Live, 1991-93)
  24. Brian Bloom - Dustin Donovan (As The World Turns, 1983-87)
  25. Nicholas Brendon (The Young & The Restless)
  26. Jordana Brewster - Nikki Munson (As the World Turns, 1995-98)
  27. Jason Brooks - Peter Blake (Days Of Our Lives, 1993-98)
  28. Victor Browne - Drew Buchanan (One Life To Live, 1996-97)
  29. Agnes Bruckner - Bridget Forrester (The Bold and the Beautiful, 1997-99)
  30. Amy Carlson - Josephine 'Josie' Watts (Matthews) Sinclair (Another World, 1992-98)
  31. Tia Carrere - Jade Soong Chung, R.N (General Hospital, 1985-87)
  32. Dixie Carter - Brandeis 'Brandy' Henderson (Edge Of Night, 1974-76)
  33. Lacey Chabert - Bianca Montgomery (All My Children, 1990-93)
  34. Eddie Cibrian - Matt Clark (The Young and the Restless, 1994-96) and Cole Deschanel (Sunset Beach, 1997-99)
  35. Keith Hamilton Cobb - Noah Keefer (All My Children, 1994-96)
  36. Jack Coleman - Kositchek (Days of Our Lives, 1981-82)
  37. Margaret Colin - Margo Montgomery Hughes (As the World Turns, 1981-83)
  38. Courteney Cox - Bunny (As The World Turns, 1984)
  39. Marcia Cross - Liz Correll (The Edge of Night, 1984), Tanya (Another World (1986) and Katheryn "Kate" Sanders (One Life to Live, 1986-87)
  40. Ted Danson - Tom Conway (Somerset, 1975-76) and Mitch Pierson (The Doctors, 1977)
  41. Lane Davies - Mason Capwell (Santa Barbara, 1984-89)
  42. Kristin Davis - Betsy Chilson (General Hospital, 1991)
  43. Wanda de Jesus - Gomez (Another World, 1986) and Santana Andrade (Santa Barbara, 1991-92)
  44. Alana de la Garza - Rosa Santos (All My Children, 2001)
  45. Kim Delaney - Jenny Gardner Nelson (All My Children, 1981-84)
  46. Dana Delany - Amy Russell (Love of Life, 1979-80) and Halley Wilson Hollister (As the World Turns, 1981)
  47. Robert De Niro (Search For Tomorrow)
  48. Leonardo Dicaprio - Young Mason Capwell (Santa Barbara, 1990)
  49. Taye Diggs - Adrian 'Sugar' Hill (Guiding Light, 1997)
  50. Michael Dorn - Jimmy (Days of Our Lives, 1986-87)
  51. Tony Dow - Chet (Never Too Young, 1965)
  52. Roma Downey - Lady Johanna Leighton (One Life To Live, 1988)
  53. Julia Duffy - Gerry Braylee (Love of Life, 1972) and Penny Davis (The Doctors, 1973-77)
  54. Josh Duhamel - Leo DuPres (All My Children, 1999-2002)
  55. Olympia Dukakis - Dr. Barbara Moreno (Search for Tomorrow, 1983)
  56. Kirsten Dunst - Young Child (Loving, 1990-91)
  57. Charles Durning - Police Chief Gil McGowan (Another World, 1972)
  58. Christine Ebersole - Maxie McDermott (One Life To Live, 1983-85) and Lily Darnell (Ryan's Hope, 1980)
  59. Stacy Edwards - Hayley Benson Capwell (Santa Barbara, 1986-88)
  60. Giancarlo Esposito - Clay Tynan (The Guiding Light, 1982-83)
  61. Rob Estes - Glenn Gallagher (Days Of Our Lives, 1986-87)
  62. Jeff Fahey - Gary Corelli (One Life To Live, 1982-85)
  63. Morgan Fairchild - Jennifer Pace (Search for Tomorrow, 1973-77) and Sydney Chase (General Hospital, 1996)
  64. Laurence Fishburne (Joshua Hall, One Life To Live, 1973-76)
  65. Frances Fisher - Deborah "Red" Saxon (The Edge of Night, 1976-81)
  66. Calista Flockhart - Elise (Guiding Light, 1989)
  67. Michelle Forbes - Sonni Wells y Carrera (The Guiding Light, 1987-89)
  68. Faith Ford - Julia Shearer (Another World, 1983-84) and Muffy Critchlow (One Life To Live, 1983)
  69. Vivica A. Fox - Carmen Silva (Days of Our Lives, 1988)
  70. Jonathan Frakes - Tom Carroll (The Doctors, 1977-78) and Jared McAllister (Days of Our Lives, 1986)
  71. Morgan Freeman - Roy Bingham (Another World, 1982-84)
  72. Lindsay Frost - Betsy Andropoulos (As The World Turns, 1984-87)
  73. Vivica A. Fox, Carmen Silva (Days Of Our Lives, 1988), Maya Reubens (Generations, 1989-90) and Stephanie Simmons (The Young & The Restless, 1995)
  74. Sarah Michelle Gellar (Kendall Hart Lang, All My Children, 1993-95)
  75. Thomas Gibson - Derek Mason (As the World Turns, 1988-90) and Peter Latham (The Guiding Light, 1987)
  76. Kathie Lee Gifford - Nurse Callahan (Days Of Our Lives, 1978)
  77. Kelsey Grammer - Dr. Carnard (Another World, 1983-84)
  78. Thomas Ian Griffith - Catlin Ewing (Another World, 1984-87)
  79. Frank Grillo - Hart Jessup (Guiding Light, 1996-99)
  80. Larry Hagman - Ed Gibson (The Edge of Night, 1961-63)
  81. Mark Hamil - Kent Murray (General Hospital, 1972-73)
  82. Jackee Harry - Lily Mason (Another World, 1983-86)
  83. David Hasselhoff - William 'Snapper' Foster (The Young & The Restless, 1975-??)
  84. Richard Hatch - Philip 'Phil' Brent Sr. (All My Children, 1971)
  85. Teri Hatcher - Angelica Clegg (Capital, 1986-87)
  86. Anne Heche - Victoria & Marley Hudson (Another World, 1987-91)
  87. Marg Helgenberger - Siobhan Ryan Novak (Ryan's Hope, 1982-86)
  88. Kam Heskin - Caitlin Richards-Deschanel (Sunset Beach, 1998-99)
  89. Lauryn Hill - Kira Johnson (As The World Turns, 1991)
  90. Earl Hindman - Bob Reid (Ryan's Hope, 1975-89)
  91. Dustin Hoffman (Search For Tomorrow)
  92. Lauren Holly - Julie Rand Chandler (All My Children, 1986-88)
  93. Kate Jackson - Daphne Harridge (Dark Shadows, 1970-71)
  94. Allison Janney - Ginger (Guiding Light, 1993-95)
  95. James Earl Jones (Jerry Turner, As the World Turns, 1966)
  96. Tommy Lee Jones (Mark Toland, One Life To Live, 1971-75)
  97. Michael B. Jordan - Reggie Porter Montgomery (All My Children, 2003-06)
  98. Melina Kanakaredes (Eleni Andros, The Guiding Light, 1991-95)
  99. Harvey Keitel - Blue Whale customer (Dark Shadows, 1966)
  100. Kevin Kline - Woody Reed (Search For Tomorrow, 1976)
  101. Jane Krakowski - Theresa Kendall (Search for Tomorrow, 1984-86) and Tonya (Another World, 1989)
  102. Swoosie Kurtz (Elie Bradley, As the World Turns, 1971)
  103. Joe Lando - Jake Harrison (One Life To Live, 1990-92) and Macauley West (Guding Light, 1993)
  104. Eva La Rue - Margot Collins (Santa Barbara, 1988) and Maria Santos Grey (All My Children, 1994-2007)
  105. Dan Lauria - Gus Thompson (One Life To Live, 1984)
  106. Sharon Leal - Dahlia Crede (Guiding Light, 1996-99)
  107. Melissa Leo - Linda Warner (All My Children, 1984-1985)
  108. Judith Light - Karen Wolek (One Life To Live, 1977-83)
  109. Ray Liotta - Joey Perrini (Another World, 1978-81)
  110. Lindsay Lohan - Alexandra 'Alli' Fowler (Another World, 1996-97)
  111. Nia Long - Katherine 'Kat' Speakes (The Guiding Light, 1991-93)
  112. Eva Longoria - Isabella Brana (The Young & the Restless, 2001-03)
  113. Lori Loughlin - Jody Travis (The Edge of Night, 1980-83)
  114. Dorothy Lyman - Gwen Parrish Frame (Another World, 1976-80, 1989) and Opal Sue Gardner Purdy Courtlandt (All My Children, 1981-83)
  115. William H. Macy - Frank Fisk (Another World, 1982)
  116. Vanessa Marcil - Brenda Barrett (General Hospital, 1996-??)
  117. Ricky Martin - Miguel Morez (General Hospital, 1994-95)
  118. Mary McDonnell - Claudia Colfax (As the World Turns, 1980)
  119. Rue McLanahan - Caroline Johnson (Another World, 1970-71)
  120. Julian McMahon - Ian Rain (Another World, 1992-94)
  121. Jesse Metcalfe - Miguel Lopez-Fitzgerald (Passions, 1999-2004)
  122. Donna Mills - Laura Donnelly Elliott (Love Is a Many Splendored Thing, 1967-1970)
  123. Rachel Miner - Michelle Bert Bauer (Guiding Light, 1990-95)
  124. Ming-Na - Lien Hughes (As the World Turns, 1988-91)
  125. Demi Moore - Jackie Templeton (General Hospital, 1982-83)
  126. Julianne Moore - Carmen Engler (The Edge of Night, 1984) and Frannie Hughes Crawford (As the World Turns, 1985-88)
  127. Shemar Moore - Malcolm Winters (The Young & the Restless, 1997-2005)
  128. Wendy Moniz - Dinah Marler Thorpe Jessup (Guiding Light, 1995-99)
  129. Meredith Monroe - Rachel (Sunset Beach, 1998)
  130. Viggo Mortensen Bragg (Search for Tomorrow, 1985)
  131. Kate Mulgrew - Mary Ryan (Ryan's Hope, 1975-89)
  132. Clayton Norcross - Thorne Forrester (The Bold & The Beautiful, 1987-89)
  133. Dustin Nguyen - Suki (General Hospital, 1983)
  134. Leonard Nimoy - Bernie (General Hospital, 1963)
  135. Chris Noth - Dean Whitney (Another World, 1988)
  136. Hayden Panettiere - Sarah Victoria 'Flash' Roberts (One Life to Live, 1994-97) and Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Spaulding (Guiding Light, 1996-2000)
  137. Nia Peeples Carla Escobar (General Hospital, 1983-94)
  138. Amanda Peet - Layle (One Life To Live, 1995)
  139. Sydney Penny - B.J. Walker (Santa Barbara, 1992-93)
  140. Luke Perry - Kenny (Another World, 1988-89) and Ned Bates (Loving, 1987-88)
  141. Donna Pescow (One Life To Live, 1977) and Lynn Carson (All My Children, 1983)
  142. Ryan Phillippe -Billy Douglas (One Life To Live, 1992-93)
  143. Brad Pitt (Chris, Another World, 1987)
  144. Parker Posey - Tess Shelby (As The World Turns, 1991-92)
  145. Lindsay Price - An Li Chen (All My Children, 1991-93) and Michael Lai (The Bold and the Beautiful, 1995-97)
  146. Phylicia Rashad - Courtney Wright (One Life To Live, 1983-84) and Felicia Dalton (Santa Barbara, 1985)
  147. Christopher Reeve - Ben Harper (Love of Life, 1974-1976)
  148. Ving Rhames - Czaja Carnek (Another World, 1986)
  149. Lisa Rinna - Billie Reed (Days Of Our Lives, 1992-95, 2002-03)
  150. Eric Roberts - Ted Bancroft (Another World, 1977)
  151. Tristan Rogers - Robert Scorpio (General Hospital, 1980-92)
  152. Elisabeth Rohm - Dorothy Hayes (One Life To Live, 1997-98)
  153. Charlotte Ross - Eve Baron Donavon (Days of Our Lives, 1987-91)
  154. Brandon Routh - Seth Anderson (One Life to Live, 2001-02)
  155. Victoria Rowell - Drucilla Winters (Th Young & The Restless, 1990-98, 2000, 2002-07)
  156. Meg Ryan - Betsy Stewart Montgomery Andropoulos (As the World Turns, 1982-84)
  157. Antonio Sabato Jr. - Jagger Cates (General Hospital, 1992-95)
  158. Roselyn Sanchez - Pilar Domingo (As the World Turns, 1996-97)
  159. Susan Sarandon - Sarah Fairbanks (Search for Tomorrow, 1972)
  160. Emma Samms - Holly Sutton (General Hospital, 1982-85, 1992-93)
  161. Roy Scheider - Jonas Falk (Love of Life, 1965-66) and Bob Hill (The Secret Storm, 1967)
  162. John Schneider - Larry Lamont (Loving, 1992)
  163. Kyle Secor - Brian Bradford (Santa Barbara, 1986-87)
  164. Kyra Sedgwick - Julia Shearer (Another World, 1982-83)
  165. Tom Selleck - Jed Andrews (The Young & The Restless, 1974-75)
  166. Amanda Seyfried - Lucy Montgomery (As the World Turns, 2000-01) and Joni Stafford (All My Children, 2002-03)
  167. Ted Shackelford - Raymond 'Ray' Gordon (Another World, 1975-77)
  168. Charles Shaughnessy - Shane Donovan (Days of Our Lives, 1989-2002)
  169. Martin Sheen - Roy Sanders (The Edge of Night, 1967)
  170. John Wesley Shipp - Kelly Nelson (The Guiding Light, 1980-84), Doug Cummings (As The World Turns, 1985-86), and Martin Ellis (Santa Barbara, 1987)
  171. Grant Show - Rick Hyde (Ryan's Hope, 1984-87)
  172. Christian Slater - D.J. LaSalle (Ryan's Hope, 1985)
  173. Kerr Smith - Ryder Hughes (As the World Turns, 1996-97)
  174. Brittany Snow - Susan Lemay (Guiding Light, 1998-2001)
  175. Kevin Sorbo - Delivery man (Santa Barbara, 1986)
  176. Rick Springfield - Noah Drake (General Hospital, 1981-83)
  177. John Stamos - Blackie (General Hospital, 1982-84)
  178. Molly Stanton - Charity Standish/Zombie Charity (Passions, 1999-2004)
  179. Sherry Stringfield - Blake Spaulding (Guiding Light, 1989-92)
  180. Susan Sullivan - Lenore Moore Curtin Delaney (Another World, 1971-76)
  181. Amber Tamblyn - Emily Quartermaine (General Hospital, 1995-2001)
  182. Holland Taylor - Trish Wanamaker (Love is a Many Splendored Thing, 1967)
  183. Richard Thomas - Ben Schultz, Jr. (The Edge of Night, 1961) & Thomas Christopher Tommy (As the World Turns, 1966-67)
  184. Gordon Thomson - Aristotle Benedict White (Santa Barbara, 1981-82)
  185. Marisa Tomei - Marcy Thompson (As The World Turns, 1984)
  186. Gina Torres - Magdalena (One Life To Live, 1995-96)
  187. Lorraine Toussaint - Vera Williams (One Life To Live, 1988)
  188. Michelle Trachtenberg - Lily Benton Montgomery (All My Children, 1993-96 1993, 1999, 2004)
  189. Jessica Tuck - Megan Gordon Harrison (One Life To Live, 1988-92)
  190. Tamara Tunie - Jessica Griffin (As the World Turns, 1987-2007)
  191. Paige Turco - Dinah Morgan Marler (The Guiding Light, 1987-89)
  192. Janine Turner - Laura Templeton (General Hospital, 1982-83)
  193. Kathleen Turner - Nola DAncy Aldrich (The Doctors, 1978-79)
  194. Shannon Tweed - Savannah Wilder (Days Of Our Lives, 1985-86)
  195. Blair Underwood - Bobby Blue (One Life To Live, 1985-86)
  196. James Van Der Beek - Stephen Anderson (As The World Turns, 1995)
  197. Mario Van Peebles - Doc Gilmore (One Life To Live, 1982-83)
  198. Abe Vigoda - Ezra Braithwaite (Dark Shadows, 1969) and Otis Greene (Dark Shadows, 1970)
  199. Lark Voorhees - Wendy Reardon (Days of Our Lives, 1993-94)
  200. Jack Wagner - Clint Masterson (A New Day In Eden, 1982) and Frisco Jones (General Hospital, 1983–1988, 1989–1991, 1994–95)
  201. Christopher Walken (Michael 'Mike' Bauer, The Guiding Light, 1954-56)
  202. Ally Walker - Andrea Bedford (Santa Barbara, 1988)
  203. Paul Walker - Brandon Collins (The Young and the Restless, 1992-93)
  204. Jessica Walter (Julie Murano, Love of Life, 1962-65)
  205. Susan Walters (Lorna Forbes Conway, Loving, 1983-86)
  206. Cynthia Watros - Annie Dutton (Guiding Light, 1994-98)
  207. Sigourney Weaver - Avis Ryan (Somerset, 1976)
  208. Micheal T. Weiss - Mike Horton (Days Of Our Lives, 1985-90)
  209. Billy Dee Williams - Assistant D.A. (Another World, 1960s)
  210. Jo Beth Williams - Carrie Wheeler (Somerset, 1975-76) and Brandy Schlooe (Guiding Light, 1977-81)
  211. Henry Winkler Intern (Another World, 1972)
  212. Mary Elizabeth Winstead - Jessica Bennett (Passions, 1999-2000)
  213. Robin Wright Kelly Capwell Perkins Conrad (Santa Barbara, 1984-88)
  214. Ian Ziering - Erich Aldrich (The Doctors, 1981-82) and Cameron Stewart (Guiding Light, 1986-88)

Special Thanks to Leo Logan for helping us keep this up to date