You show actors as appearing in TV series before they were born! How can this be correct?

There are several TV series that have been running for many years; for example "As the World Turns" started in 1956 and "The Doctors" in 1963. Several actors and actresses began their careers by appearing in series such as these; for example, Meg Ryan played Betsy Montgomery in "As the World Turns".

Lists of movies (filmographies) are usually sorted into chronological order, the year used being the year that the movie was released, or in the case of long running TV series, the year it was first broadcast. This means that you can sometimes get information which at first glance seems to indicate that a particular performer appeared in a TV series before they were even born. For example, Julianne Moore was born in 1961, but her filmography lists "As the World Turns" (1956) among her credits!

To reduce confusion, in the past we tried to use the character name to indicate the range of years the people appeared in the show. In Julianne Moore's case, she appeared in "As the World Turns" from 1985 to 1988, so her character name is listed as "Frannie Hughes (1985-1988)". We are transitioning to listing specific episodes.

Please verify that the credit for the series has a year in the character or attribute field, or that it is for one or more specific episodes. If there is no such indication, you may submit a correction to move the credit to one or more specific episodes.


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