With the loss of soap operas, how will stars get their start in soaps?


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Brandon Routh (ex Seth, One Life to Live, Superman)Today marks the end of an era for daytime television. With the cancelation of All My Children (AMC aired it's final episode in September 2011) and today's series finale of One Life to Live, ABC now only has one remaining soap opera, General Hospital on the air.  NBC has Days of our Lives, canceling its other soaps, Passions, Sunset Beach, Another World ages ago.  CBS only has The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful, saying good bye to As the World Turns in 2010 and Guiding Light in 2009.

For me personally, one of the big travesties of our losing our daytime dramatic serials, is that along with the entertainment value, we have also lost one of true training grounds for young actors and actresses.  

Soap operas have always been the place where newcomers learn the ropes.  They learn discipline. They learn how to work the camera.  They are thrown into the deep end of the pool and are expected to swim.  How could they not?  It's a true do or die situation, and many talented actors and actresses have grown out of the womb of the soap opera into renown.

Here are just a few of the talented actors that came from One Life to Live:

Ryan Phillippe starred as Billy Douglas on "One Life to Live" from 1992-1993.
Hayden Panettiere played Sarah Roberts on "One Life to Live" from 1994-1997.
Nathan Fillion played Joey Buchanan on "One Life to Live" from 1994-1997.
Judith Light played Karen Wolek on "One Life to Live" from 1977-1983.
Laurence Fishburne played Josh Hall on "One Life to Live" from 1973-1976.
Tommy Lee Jones played Mark Toland on "One Life to Live" from 1971-1975.
Phylicia Rashad played Courtney Wright on "One Life to Live" from 1981-1983.
Reiko Aylesworth played Rebecca Lewis on "One Life to Live" from 1993-1994.
Brandon Routh played Seth Anderson on "One Life to Live" from 2001-2002.
Connor Paolo played Travis O'Connell on "One Life to Live" in 2004.
Jessica Tuck played Megan Gordon on "One Life to Live" in 1988-1992.

Here are a few that came from All My Children

Kathy Bates played Belle Bodelle in "All My Children" in 1984.
Kelly Ripa played Haley Vaughan on "All My Children" from 1990-2002.
Sarah Michelle Gellar played Kendall Hart on "All My Children" from 1993-1995.
Eva La Rue played Maria Santos on "All My Children" from 1993-1997 and again from 2002-2005.
Josh Duhamel played Leo du Pres on "All My Children" from 1999-2002.
Keith Hamilton Cobb starred as Noah Keefer on "All My Children" from 1995-1996.
Lauren Holly played Julie Rand Chandler on "All My Children" from 1986-1989.
Lindsay Price played An Li Chen on "All My Children" from 1991-1993.
Melissa Leo starred as Linda Warner on "All My Children" from 1984-1985.
Michelle Trachtenberg played Lily Montgomery on "All My Children" from 1993-1996
Misha Barton also played Lily Montgomery on "All My Children" in 1995..
Jesse McCartney played JR Chandler on "All My Children" from 1998-1999.
Amanda Seyfried played Joni Stafford on "All My Children" from 2002-2003.

More stars who started in soaps thanks to ABC news