Believe it or not, quite a few of you favorite actors and actresses started their careers on soap operas — including People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive cover star Michael B. To celebrate the actor's honor, which People announced on Nov. Keep reading for more…. While he's now recognized for his starring role on the NBC hit drama "This Is Us," there was a time in which Justin Hartley was a relatively unknown actor. From tohe had a major role on "Passions" as Fox Crane, the wealthy grandson of a ruthless billionaire. She met Mark Consuelos working on the show and — as seen in this photo — their characters, Hayley Vaughan and Mateo Santos, had some serious chemistry!
She reprised her role as Frannie for one episode in In this photo, she's seen cozying up to actor Steve Bassett, who played Seth Snyder.
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Seth and Frannie were engaged on the soap. Before she landed roles in the "Hunger Games" films and Hulu's political miniseries "Mrs. America," Elizabeth Banks appeared on a soap opera!
Inat the beginning of her career, Elizabeth was on an episode of "All My Children" playing a waitress who interacts with none other than a pre-fame Josh Duhamel! Prior to becoming the Academy Award-winning actress we know her as today, there was a time when Julianne Moore was on a soap opera.
So young! He's seen here with co-star Patricia Kalember. She played the minor role in two episodes she wasn't even credited of Phyllis Gillette.
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He played Billy Douglas from to Eva Longoria was a dramatic diva on "Desperate Housewives" for years, but she got some of those skills from her "The Young and the Restless" days. She starred on the daytime soap as Isabella Brana from to While we've come to know and love Brittany Snow for her work in films like "John Tucker Must Die" and the "Pitch Perfect" film franchise, at the beginning of her career, she starred on a soap opera!
She played rebellious teen Susan Lemay on "Guiding Light" from to Brad Pitt got his acting break on the primetime soap "Dallas" pictured playing Randy from to Inhe also played a guy named Chris on "Another World. While she's best known for her titular, starring role on "Ally McBeal," Calista Flockhart is no stranger to soap operas.
She played Elise on "Guiding Light" inwhich she followed with a gig playing Stacey on "As the World Turns" and a young woman on "Loving" in We all know Laurence Fishburne from his "Matrix" days, but back in the '70s, he was an up-and-coming child star. Laurence originated the role of Josh West, a downtrodden kid and adoptee, on "One Life to Live" from to Hayden Panettiere was only 5 when she landed her first role in Mark Toland on "One Life to Live.
At the beginning of her career, she played Emily Quartermaine on "General Hospital" from to Before starring on hit television shows like "S.
Lacey Chabert was one of Hollywood's most charming child actresses — so it's no surprise she also acted in a popular soap! Have mercy! Long before she was a star on "Melrose Place" or "Desperate Housewives," Marcia Cross was a scheming socialite on daytime television.
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Her first role was as Tanya on "Another World" in From tohe also portrayed Mitch Pierson on "The Doctors. Inhe played Dr. Jim Frazier on "Guiding Light.
Years before Susan Sarandon was an Oscar winner, she was a young teen on two soap operas. Fun fact: Melissa met her husband, David Fumero, on the series!
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Vivica A. Fox got her start on the NBC soap opera "Generations. How adorable! Mark Hamill would eventually become an international superstar thanks to "Star Wars," but he started out as a little-known actor on "General Hospital.
His character was killed when Joshua fell off a roof. David Hasselhoff took on the role of Snapper Foster on "The Young and The Restless" from to and reprised the role briefly in She left Salem in but returned for a special episode in Share Tweet Pin .
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