The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps People In TV

The Best Actors to Start Their Careers on Soaps

80,879 views 62 items 7,074 votes 484 voters 6 followers 11reranks
This is a list of the best actors to start their careers on soap operas, as voted on by experts and fans alike. Like the best film actors who got famous on TV first, one can take many routes to become Hollywood stars. Some actors start out on in theatre, while others start out in modeling. Many notable actors though start their careers on daytime soap operas. Famous actors that started on soaps gained credits and notoriety on daytime television so they could move on to land bigger roles. While many of them are now bigshots in Hollywood, to some, they will always just be old soap opera stars. 

Soap operas are a guilty pleasure among many television viewers, whether they are during the daytime or at night. The stories may be far-fetched -- with the dead returning as their own twin and heiresses who have been switched at birth -- and even sexy, with several characters bedding one another at the same time -- but they are nonetheless intriguing escapism. The plots keep viewers glued to their television sets and the acting is larger than life. No one has ever said that a soap opera is boring.

The list contains many notable actors. Actors like Tommy Lee Jones, Brad Pitt, and Sarah Michelle Gellar all appeared on soap operas before moving on in their professional acting career. Latter generations of film and television fans will be surprised to find out a top-notch actor like Kevin Kline and Susan Sarandon got their starts as part of the cast of the long-forgotten "A World Apart"

This answers the question "What actors got their starts on soaps?" and "What actors started out in soap operas?"

Vote for the greatest actors who got their start on soaps. If you don't see your favorite performers on this list, feel free to add them so that other voters could chime in. And when you're done, please check out this list: Best Film Actors Who Got Famous On TV First.

Check out more lists like List of 3DO Games, List of CD I Games, List of Virtual Console Games Japan, Celebrities With Played High School Baseball and Best Fast Food Tacos

List Criteria: Famous Actors Who Got Their Start On Soap Operas

< >
  • the list
  • 11 reranks
  • comments
  • </> embed
Rerank This List
View as a
Rank
loading your
votes…
 
  Name
  1. 1
    Up 230
    Down 48
    1937 More
  2. 2
    Up 194
    Down 38
    1946 More
  3. 3
    Up 167
    Down 41
    1945 More
  4. 4
    Up 164
    Down 44
    1931 More
  5. 5
    Up 180
    Down 56
    1974 More
  6. 6
    Up 144
    Down 45
    1958 More
  7. 7
    Up 123
    Down 34
    1960 More
  8. 8
    Up 123
    Down 39
    1963 More
  9. 9
    Up 136
    Down 51
    1963 More
  10. 10
    Up 126
    Down 52
    1961 More
  11. 11
    Up 137
    Down 60
    1971 More
  12. 12
    Up 119
    Down 50
    1946 More
  13. 13
    Up 104
    Down 42
    1939 More
    added by: persongee
    Started of in Coronation street back in the day. (British ongoing tv drama)
  14. 14
    Up 107
    Down 45
    1952 More
  15. 15
    Up 115
    Down 51
    1964 More
  16. 16
    Up 81
    Down 31
    1978 More
    added by: Benjamin Dunn
  17. 17
    Up 103
    Down 49
    1954 More
  18. 18
    Up 101
    Down 48
    1977 More
  19. 19
    Up 87
    Down 40
    1954 More
  20. 20
    Up 109
    Down 58
    1961 More
  21. 21
    Up 72
    Down 38
    1972 More
  22. 22
    Up 64
    Down 32
    1970 More
    added by: JimJennings
  23. 23
    Up 79
    Down 44
    1958 More
  24. 24
    Up 88
    Down 52
    1964 More
  25. 25
    Up 90
    Down 56
    1959 More
  26. 26
    Up 92
    Down 59
    1962 More
  27. 27
    Up 40
    Down 17
    1942 More
    added by: hiitsjustme
  28. 28
    Up 76
    Down 51
    1947 More
  29. 29
    Up 76
    Down 52
    1965 More
  30. 30
    Up 58
    Down 37
    1966 More
  31. 31
    Up 71
    Down 49
    1989 More
  32. 32
    Up 65
    Down 44
    1969 More
  33. 33
    Up 64
    Down 44
    1946 More
  34. 34
    Up 40
    Down 23
    1964 More
    added by: hiitsjustme
  35. 35
    Up 67
    Down 48
    1964 More
  36. 36
    Up 68
    Down 50
    1948 More
  37. 37
    Up 61
    Down 48
    1975 More
    added by: ginac02013
  38. 38
    Up 54
    Down 44
    1958 More
  39. 39
    Up 54
    Down 45
    1974 More
  40. 40
    Up 55
    Down 46
    1964 More
  41. 41
    Up 50
    Down 42
    1983 More
  42. 42
    Up 55
    Down 49
    1968 More
  43. 43
    Up 52
    Down 50
    1968 More
  44. 44
    Up 52
    Down 50
    1969 More
  45. 45
    Up 26
    Down 24
    1955 More
    added by: hiitsjustme
  46. 46
    Up 64
    Down 65
    1952 More
  47. 47
    Up 23
    Down 22
    1956 More
    added by: hiitsjustme
  48. 48
    Up 51
    Down 56
    1955 More
  49. 49
    Up 45
    Down 52
    1951 More
  50. 50
    Up 38
    Down 45
    1986 More
  51. +Add New Item

Is this list missing something?
RANKERS WHO ADDED ITEMS

items 1 - 50 of 62

think you can do better?

Rerank This List
why?

got a blog or website?

embed this list
why?

    more popular lists