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Look who got their start on the sets of today's soaps


Josh Duhamel (c)Soapdom/LMSWe all know about Alec Baldwin in The Doctors and David Hassellhoff on The Young and the Restless. But did you know that Academy award winner Russell Crowe started on the Austrailian soap, Neighbours?  Or that Academy Award winner Marissa Tomei began her acting career on As the World Turns, and Emmy winner, Kelsey Grammer started on Another World?

We’ve researched a list of some of today’s top film and prime time television stars who got their feet wet on the set of a daytime soap.  If there is someone you think should be on the list, contact us.

Alec Baldwin, The Doctors
Allison Janney, Guiding Light
Anne Heche, Another World
Annie Parisse, As the World Turns
Billy Dee Williams, Guiding Light
Blair Underwood, One Life to Live
Brad Pitt, Another World
Brandon Routh, One Life to Live
Calista Flockhart, Guiding Light
Charles Durning, Another World
Charles Shaughnessy, Days of our Lives
Christian Slater, Ryan’s Hope
Christina Applegate, Days of Our Lives
Christine Baranski, All My Children
Christopher Reeve, Love Of Life
Cicely Tyson, Guiding Light
Colin Egglesfield, All My Children
Courteney Cox, As the World Turns
Dana Delaney, Love of Life and As the World Turns
David Hasselhoff, Young and the Restless
Demi Moore, General Hospital
Dixie Carter, Edge of Night
Don Knots, Secret Storm
Eddie Cibrian, Young and the Restless
Ellen Barkin, Search For Tomorrow
Emma Samms, General Hospital
Hayden Panettiere, Guiding Light; One Life to Live
Harvey Keitel, Dark Shadows
Ian Ziering, Guiding Light
James Earl Jones, Guiding Light
James Van Der Beek, As the World Turns
Jane Krakowski, Search for Tomorrow
Janine Turner, General Hospital
Jesse McCartney, All My Children (thanks, Lily)
JoBeth Williams, Somerset and Guiding Light
John Stamos, General Hospital
Jonathan Frakes, The Doctors
Josh Duhamel, All My Children
Judith Light, One Life to Live
Julian McMahon, Another World
Julianne Moore, As the World Turns
Justin Hartley, Passions
Henry Simmons, Another World
Kate Capshaw, The Edge of Night
Kate Jackson, Dark Shadows
Kathleen Turner, The Doctors
Kathryn Harrold, The Doctors
Kelsey Grammer, Another World
Kevin Bacon, Guiding Light
Kevin Kline, Search For Tomorrow
Kim Delaney, All My Children
Kyra Sedgwick, Another World

Lisa Rinna, Days of our Lives
Larry Hagman, The Edge of Night
Laura San Giacomo, All My Children
Lauren Holly, All My Children
Lawrence Fishburn, One Life to Live
Leonardo Dicaprio, Santa Barbara
Lindsay Lohan, Another World
Luke Perry, Loving
Marg Helgenberger, Ryan’s Hope
Maria Bello, Ryan's Hope
Marisa Tomei, As the World Turns
Mark Hamill, General Hospital
Martin Sheen, Edge Of Night
Mathew St. Patrick, All My Children
Meg Ryan, As the World Turns
Melina Kanakaredes, Guiding Light
Ming Na, As the World Turns
Morgan Fairchild, Search for Tomorrow, Guiding Light, The City
Morgan Freeman, Another World
Parker Posey, As The World Turns
Patrick Muldoon, Days of our Lives
Patty Duke, The Brighter Day
Phylicia Rashad, One Life to Live
Ray J, The Bold and the Beautiful
Ray Liotta, Another World
Rena Soffer, General Hospital and Loving
Richard Dean Anderson, General Hospital
Richard Grieco, One Life to Live
Richard Thomas, As the World Turns
Ricky Martin, General Hospital
Robin Wright-Penn, Santa Barbara
Roma Downey, One Life to Live
Russell Crowe, Neighbors (Australia)
Ryan Phillippe, One Life to Live

Salma Hayek, Teresa (Mexico)
Sarah Michelle Gellar, All My Children
Shamar Moore, The Young and the Restless
Shawn Christian, As the World Turns
Sigourney Weaver, Somerset
Steven Weber, As the World Turns
Susan Sarandon, A World Apart and Search for Tomorrow
Taye Diggs, Guiding Light
Ted Danson, Somerset
Teri Hatcher, Capitol
Thomas Gibson, As the World Turns
Tia Carrere, General Hospital
Tom Berenger, One Life to Live
Tom Selleck, Young and Restless
Tommy Lee Jones, One Life to Live
Tyne Daly, General Hospital
Vanessa Marcil, General Hospital
Ving Rhames, Another World
Vivica A. Fox, Young and the Restless
Yasmine Bleeth, One Life to Live



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