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Movie stars who got their start in soap operas.

Before becoming box office draws and Oscar winners, some of our favorite celebrities were soap stars.

Kathleen Turner Nola Dancy Aldrich "The Doctors" (1978-1979)

Ted Danson Mitch Pierson "The Doctors" (1997)

David Hasslehoff William "Snapper" Foster Jr. "The Young and the Restless" (1975)

John Stamos Blackie Parish "General Hospital" (1982-1984)

William Fichtner Rod Landry/Josh Snyder "As The World Turns" (1987 - 1993)

Amanda Peet Layle "One Life to Live" (1995)

Lauren Hill Kira Johnson - "As The World Turns" (1991)

Mark Hamill Kent Murray "General Hospital" (1972 - 19730)

Kelsey Grammer Dr. Canard "Another World" (1984 - 1985)

Parker Posey Tess Shelby "As The World Turns" (1991 - 1992)

Anne Heche Vicky/Marley Hudson "Another World" (1987 - 1991)

Shemar Moore Malcolm Winters "Young and the Restless" (1994 - 2002, 2004 - 2005; 2015)

Susan Sarandon Patrice Kahlman "A World Apart" (One episode 1971), Susan Fairbanks "Search for Tomorrow" (1972)

Marisa Tomei Marci Thompson - "As The World Turns" (1983 - 1985)

Hayden Panettiere Sarah Victoria 'Flash' Roberts "One Life to Live" (1994 - 1997) Lizzie Spaulding  "Guiding Light" (1998 - 2000)

Courtney Cox Bunny "As The World Turns" (1984)

James Earl Jones Dr. Jerry Turner "As The World Turns" (1966), "Guiding Light" (Dr. Jim Frazier #2 (1996)

James Van Der Beek Stephen Anderson  "As The World Turns"  (1995)

Robin Wright Kelly Capwell "Santa Barbara"  (1984 - 1988)

Swoosie Kurtz Ellie Bradley - "As The World Turns"(1971)

Ray Liotta Joey Perrini "Another World" (1980 - 1981)

Jason Biggs Pete Wendall - "As The World Turns" (1994 - 1995)

Jordana Brewster Nikki Munson  "As The World Turns" (1995 - 1998)

Calista Flockhart Elise "Guiding Light" (1989)

Ricky Martin Miguel Morez "General Hospital" (1994 - 1995)

Kyra Sedgwick Julia Shearer "As The World Turns" (1982 - 1983)

Christopher Reeve Ben Harper "Love of Life" (1974 - 1976)

Phylicia Rashad Courtney Wright "One Life to Live" (1984)  Felicia Dalton "Santa Barbara" (1985)

Kathy Bates "The Doctors" "One Life to Live" "All My Children"

Larry Riley Ex- Frank and Ex-Calvin  "The Doctors"

Kirsten Dunst Young child "Loving"(1990 - 1991)

William H. Macy Frank Fisk "Another World" (1982)

Lindsay Lohan Alli Fowler "Another World" (1996 - 1997)

Nia Long Katherine 'Kat' Speakes "Guiding Light" (1991 - 1993)

Christian Slater D.J. LaSalle "Ryan's Hope" - (1985)

Sarah Michelle Gellar Kendall "All My Children" (1993 - 1995)

Taye Diggs Adrien "Sugar" Hil "Guiding Light" (1997)

Alec Baldwin Billy Aldrich "The Doctors"  (1980-1982)

Julianne Moore Twin sisters, Frannie/Sabrina Hughes "As The World Turns" (1985-1988)

Meg Ryan Betsey Stewart Montgomery Andropolous "As The World Turns" (1982-1984)

Brad Pitt Chris "Another World" (Two episodes - 1998)

Demi Moore Jackie Templeton "General Hospital" (1982 - 1983)

Morgan Freeman Detective Michaels "Texas" (1981), "Ryan's Hope" Dr. Roy Bingham "Another World" (1982 - 1984)

Eva Longoria Isabella Brana "Young and the Restless" (2001 - 2003)

Ryan Phillippe Billy Douglas (The first gay teenager on a daytime soap opera!) "One Life to Live" (1992 - 1993)

Kelly Ripa Hayley Vaughan "All My Children" (1990 - 2010)

Mark Consuelos Mateo Santos "All My Children" (1995 - 2010)

Leonardo DiCaprio Young Mason Capwell "Santa Barbara" (One episode 1990)

Tommy Lee Jones Dr. Mark Toland "One Life to Live" (1971 - 1979)

Laurence Fishburne Dr. Joshua Hall #1 "One Life to Live" (1973 - 1976)

Kevin Kline Woody Reed "Search for Tomorrow" (1976)

Teri Hatcher Angelica Stimac Clegg "Capitol" (1986 - 1987)

Marcia Cross Tanya "Another World" (1986), "One Life to Live" Kate Sanders (1987)

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- Christine Fix