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This is a list of celebrities who started in daytime soap operas. Several Hollywood actors and actresses launched their careers on popular soaps. Television opened the doors for many of today's A-list stars and this list of famous people who starred in a soap prove that everyone has to start somewhere in show business. A countless number of former struggling actors-turned-high-profile celebs, like Brad Pitt, Lindsay Lohan, Demi Moore, Alec Baldwin, Morgan Freeman, and many more all owe their success to a soap opera. Some of these in-demand entertainers even appeared on more than one daytime series during their early years before landing roles in big budget movies.

What are some of the most popular and long-running daytime soap operas on television? This list includes celebs who at one time in their careers appeared on daytime serial fan favorites like Days of Our Lives, All My Children, One Life to Live, The Young and the Restless, Guiding Light, and As The World Turns. There are also classic soaps like Ryan's Hope, The Doctors, Search for Tomorrow, and Santa Barbara that gave various actors and actresses their first big break. Here's some trivia for you: the actors who went on to play Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, Superman, Buffy, and Frasier Crane all jump started their careers on a soap.

The gallery below of well-known stars who have acted in highly-rated and award-winning soap operas are completely votable, so vote up anyone who you think deserves to be on top of the list. Let us know if we've missed anyone in the comments below and we'll make sure to add them. Also, check out Ranker's list of longest running American soaps and shocking soap opera moments.

Julianne Moore is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 50 Famous Actors Who Started in Daytime Soaps
Photo: CBS
From 1986 to 1988, Julianne Moore played long lost twins Frannie and Sabrina Hughes on As the World Turns.

Credits (TV): As the World Turns, Game Change, I'll Take Manhattan

Birthplace: Fort Bragg, North Carolina, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America, United Kingdom

Also Ranked

#9 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#20 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#20 on The Greatest American Actresses of All Time

#24 on The Greatest Actress Performances of All Time

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Leonardo DiCaprio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 50 Famous Actors Who Started in Daytime Soaps
Photo: NBC
Leonardo DiCaprio played a young Mason Capwell on NBC's Santa Barbara in 1984 when he was just 10 years old.

Credits (TV): Roseanne, Growing Pains, Santa Barbara, Parenthood, Biography, + more

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Also Ranked

#2 on The Best Actors Working Today

#22 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#15 on The Best Living American Actors

#74 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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Christian Slater is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 50 Famous Actors Who Started in Daytime Soaps
Photo: ABC
As a fresh-faced 16-year-old, Christian Slater had a six-episode arc on ABC's Ryan's Hope in 1985. He played bad boy D. J. LaSalle alongside Yasmine Bleeth.

Credits (TV): My Own Worst Enemy, The Forgotten, Breaking In, Mind Games

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Also Ranked

#49 on The Greatest Former Child Stars

#32 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars

#34 on 35 Actors Who Are Creepy No Matter Who They Play

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 50 Famous Actors Who Started in Daytime Soaps
Photo: ABC
Well before his multiple Oscar nominations and his win for Best Supporting Actor in 1994, Tommy Lee Jones was making a name for himself as Dr. Mark Toland on One Life to Live. Jones played the conniving physician from 1971 until the character's onscreen death in 1975.

Credits (TV): Lonesome Dove, The Executioner's Song

Birthplace: San Saba, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Also Ranked

#34 on The Best Actors Working Today

#36 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#19 on The Best Living American Actors

#68 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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