23 Famous Actors Who Started in Daytime Soaps

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.