Top 25 Favorite Actors Who've Begun Their Careers on Soaps

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1.
Demi Moore
Actress, Ghost
Demi Moore was born on November 11, 1962, in Roswell, New Mexico. Her father, Charles Foster Harmon, Sr., left her mother, Virginia Beverly (King), before Demi was born. Her stepfather, Danny Guynes, did not add much stability to her life, either. He frequently changed jobs and made the family move a total of 40 times...
“ Played Jackie Templeton on "General Hospital" from 1982 to 1983. ” - tbell1826
 
2.
John Stamos
Actor, Full House
John Phillip Stamos was born in Cypress, California, to Loretta (Phillips), a model, and William Stamos, a restaurateur. He is of Greek (father) and English-Irish (mother) descent, and his family's surname was originally "Stamotopoulos". John has two younger sisters, Janeen & Alaina, both school teachers...
“ Played Blackie Parrish on "General Hospital" from 1982 to 1984. ” - tbell1826
 
3.
Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa had been performing in her senior high school play, The Ugly Duckling, when she was approached by her current manager, Cathy Parker, who encouraged her to pursue acting. After attending new Jersey's Camden County Community College, she performed in local theater productions before joining All My Children in November...
“ Played Hayley Vaughan on "All My Children" from 1990 to 2002. ” - tbell1826
 
4.
Julianne Moore
Julianne Moore was born Julie Anne Smith in Fort Bragg, North Carolina on December 3, 1960, the daughter of Anne (Love), a social worker, and Peter Moore Smith, a paratrooper, colonel, and later military judge. Her mother moved to the U.S. in 1951, from Greenock, Scotland. Her father, from Burlington, New Jersey, has German, Irish, German-Jewish, and English ancestry...
“ Played sisters Frannie and Sabrina Hughes on "As the World Turns" from 1985 to 1988. ” - tbell1826
 
5.
Meg Ryan
Blond-haired, blue-eyed with an effervescent personality, Meg Ryan was born Margaret Mary Emily Hyra in Fairfield, Connecticut, to Susan (Duggan), an English teacher and one-time actress, and Harry Hyra, a math teacher. She has Polish, Irish, and German ancestry ("Hyra" is a Polish surname, and "Ryan" is her maternal grandmother's maiden name)...
“ Played Betsy Stewart on "As the World Turns" from 1982 to 1984. ” - tbell1826
 
6.
Josh Duhamel
Joshua David Duhamel was born in Minot, North Dakota. His mother, Bonny L., is a retired high school teacher and the current Executive Director of Minot's Downtown Business & Profession Association, and his father, Larry Duhamel, is an advertisement salesman. Josh has three younger sisters: Ashlee, McKenzee and Kassidy...
“ Played Leo du Pres on "All My Children" from 1999 to 2002. ” - tbell1826
 
7.
Nathan Fillion
Actor, Castle
Nathan Fillion was born on 27 March 1971, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is the younger son of Cookie and Bob Fillion, both retired English teachers. He has an older brother, Jeff. In Canada, he attended Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Concordia University College of Alberta and University of Alberta...
“ Played Joey Buchanan on "One Life to Live" from 1994 to 1997. ” - tbell1826
 
8.
Marisa Tomei
Actress, The Wrestler
Marisa Tomei was born on December 4, 1964, in Brooklyn, New York to mother Patricia "Addie" Tomei, an English teacher and father Gary Tomei, a lawyer. Marisa also has a brother, actor Adam Tomei. As a child, Marisa's mother frequently corrected her speech as to eliminate her heavy Brooklyn accent...
“ Played Marcy Thompson on "As the World Turns" from 1983 to 1985. ” - tbell1826
 
9.
Tommy Lee Jones
Tommy Lee Jones was born in San Saba, Texas, the son of Lucille Marie (Scott), a police officer and beauty shop owner, and Clyde C. Jones, who worked on oil fields. Tommy himself worked in underwater construction and on an oil rig. He attended St. Mark's School of Texas, a prestigious prep school for boys in Dallas...
“ Played Dr. Mark Toland on "One Life to Live" from 1971 to 1975. ” - tbell1826
 
10.
Eva Longoria
Eva Longoria was born in Corpus Christi, Texas, to Ella Eva (Mireles) and Enrique Longoria, Jr. The youngest of four sisters who grew up on a ranch near Corpus Christi, Longoria attended Texas A&M University-Kingsville, where she received a Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology. After graduating from college...
“ Played Isabella Brana on "The Young and the Restless" from 2001 to 2003. ” - tbell1826
 
11.
Shemar Moore
Shemar Franklin Moore (born April 20, 1970) is an American actor and former fashion model. His notable roles are that of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless from 1994 to 2005, Derek Morgan on CBS's Criminal Minds from 2005 to 2016, and as the third permanent host of Soul Train from 1999 to 2003.
“ Played Malcolm Winters on "The Young and the Restless" from 1994 to 2002. ” - tbell1826
 
12.
Brittany Snow
Actress, Pitch Perfect
Brittany Anne Snow (born March 9, 1986) is an American actress and singer. She began her career as Susan "Daisy" Lemay on the CBS series Guiding Light for which she won a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actress and was nominated for two other Young Artist Awards and a Soap Opera Digest Award. She...
“ Played Susan "Daisy" Lemay on "Guiding Light" from 1998 to 2001. ” - tbell1826
 
13.
Hayden Panettiere
Hayden Leslie Panettiere was born on 21st August 1989 in Palisades, New York, to actress Lesley Vogel and fire department captain Skip Panettiere. Her younger brother is actor Jansen Panettiere. She has Italian, and some English and German, ancestry. Her mother got her started in the business by doing commercials when she was just 11 months old...
“ Played Sarah Roberts on "One Life to Live" from 1994 to 1997 and Lizzie Spaulding on "Guiding Light" from 1998 to 2000. ” - tbell1826
 
14.
Ashley Benson
Ashley Victoria Benson was born on December 18, 1989 in Anaheim Hills, California, to Shannon (Harte) and Jeff Benson. She has Irish, English, and German ancestry. She has been dancing competitively since she was 2 with hip hop, jazz, ballet, tap and lyrical. She has been singing since she was about 5 and she hopes to pursue that...
“ Played Abigail Deveraux on "Days of Our Lives" from 2004 to 2007. ” - tbell1826
 
15.
Jensen Ackles
Jensen Ross Ackles, better known as simply Jensen Ackles, was born on March 1, 1978, in Dallas, Texas, to Donna Joan (Shaffer) and actor Alan Ackles. He has English, German, and Scottish ancestry. Jensen grew up in Richardson, Texas, together with his older brother, Joshua, and a younger sister...
“ Played Eric Brady on "Days of Our Lives" from 1997 to 2000. ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Played Linda Warner on "All My Children" from 1984 to 1985. ” - tbell1826
 
17.
Jordana Brewster
Actress, Fast Five
Raven-haired beauty Jordana Brewster was born on April 26, 1980 in Panama City, Panama. Her mother, Maria João (Leal de Sousa), is a Brazilian-born model who appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated in 1978. Her father, Alden Brewster, is an American-born investment banker, who has English, Scottish...
“ Played Nikki Graves Munson on "As the World Turns" from 1995 to 1997. ” - tbell1826
 
18.
David Hasselhoff
Actor, Click
David Hasselhoff has become one of the most recognizable faces on television and throughout the world. Aside from starring in Knight Rider and Baywatch, he is also an accomplished singer and popular recording artist. David Michael Hasselhoff was born on July 17, 1952 in Baltimore, Maryland...
“ Played Dr. Snapper Foster on "The Young and the Restless" from 1975 to 1982. ” - tbell1826
 
19.
Marcia Cross
Marcia Anne Cross was born on March 25, 1962 in Marlborough, Massachusetts. As a child, Marcia always wanted to be an actress, so she set out to have a career in acting. Cross graduated from the Julliard School in New York, a naturally gifted girl. Her career began in 1984, when she joined the cast of the daytime soap opera The Edge of Night...
“ Played Kate Sanders on "One Life to Live" from 1986 to 1988. ” - tbell1826
 
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“ Played twin sisters Vicky Hudson and Marley Love on "Another World" from 1987 to 1991. ” - tbell1826
 
21.
“ Played Jagger Cates on "General Hospital" from 1992 to 1995. ” - tbell1826
 
22.
“ Played Matt Clark on "The Young and the Restless" from 1994 to 1996 and Cole Deschanel on "Sunset Beach" from 1997 to 1999. ” - tbell1826
 
23.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Emmy Award-winning Sarah Michelle Gellar was born on April 14, 1977 in New York City, the daughter of Rosellen (Greenfield), who taught at a nursery school, and Arthur Gellar, who worked in the garment industry. Her maternal grandparents were Hungarian Jewish immigrants, and her father was also from a Jewish family...
“ Played Kendall Hart on "All My Children" from 1993 to 1995. ” - tbell1826
 
24.
Matthew Morrison
Actor, Glee
It took a summer of acting in a children's theater group to convince Matthew Morrison that he wanted to become an actor. He auditioned and attended Orange County High School of the Arts, and followed that with NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, although he didn't enjoy his college foray. Despite a regulation that students couldn't audition in the first two years at NYU...
“ Briefly played Adam Munson on "As the World Turns" in 2006. ” - tbell1826
 
25.
Tom Selleck
Thomas William Selleck is an American actor and film producer, known for his starring role as Hawaii-based private investigator "Thomas Magnum" on the 1980s television series, Magnum, P.I.. Selleck was born in Detroit, Michigan, to Martha S. (Jagger), a homemaker, and Robert Dean Selleck, a real estate investor and executive...
“ Played Jed Andrews on "The Young and the Restless" from 1974 to 1975. ” - tbell1826