Soap Opera Actors: Where Are They Now?
Catching up with the former daytime actors.
In our latest column, Soaps.com has some updates surrounding the careers of former soap stars of daytime cancelled soaps “Another World,” “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” and “Passions.”
Primetime roles, a Starz series regular, a new Amazon Prime series and more…
Donna Murphy in Resurrection.
Former “Another World” actress Donna Murphy (ex-D.A. Morgan Graves, 1989 to 1991) will turn up in ABC’s Sunday September 28 9:00 PM “Resurrection” season premiere episode titled “Revelation.” Fans can expect to see Murphy playing ‘an elegant woman’, as Bellamy (Omar Epps) realizes he’s missing a week of his life and finds himself abandoned at Arcadia’s outskirts. The actress also appeared in “The Good Wife” and “Royal Pains” this year and is currently working on the project “No Pay. Nudity.”
Kerr Smith: The limb collector.
Kerr Smith (“As the World Turns'” ex-Ryder Hughes, “Dawson’s Creek”) will be turning up in primetime yet again and this time playing an acromotophile. The actor will guest star in the season ten premiere of CBS’ “Criminal Minds” as Frank Cowles, a man who collects limbs. The series stars “The Young and the Restless'” Shemar Moore (ex-Malcolm) and newly added this season Jennifer Love Hewitt (“The Client List”). Watch the Wednesday October 1 9:00 PM episode promo to see which human limbs will be found in Kerr’s character’s car.
Michael Park reunites with Jesse Soffer.
Michael Park ("As the World Turns'" ex-Jack Snyder) took to Twitter to announce that he'll be appearing in an upcoming episode of "Chicago P.D." Fellow Oakdale alum Jesse Soffer (ex-Will Munson) currently plays Detective Jay Halstead on the NBC series, which returns with season two on Wednesday September 24 at 10:00 PM. Keep on the lookout for Park's upcoming guest spot.
— Michael Park (@park24hrs) September 12, 2014
Terri Conn in Daughters.
Former "As the World Turns" actress Terri Conn (ex-Katie Snyder, 1998 to 2010; "One Life to Live's" ex-Aubrey Wentworth/Christine Karr, 2010 to 2011) has been cast in the lead role as Megan Graham in the upcoming film "Daughters." The story surrounds high school sweethearts Joel (Jeff Rose, "Drop Dead Diva") and Megan Graham, who went on to marry and have three daughters. As their tale goes on viewers will watch as these parents are tested at every turn through various issues, including one's health. Stay tuned for the Chip Rossetti film's 2015 release date.
— Terri Conn (@terriconnactor) August 26, 2014
Judith Light in Amazon's Transparent.
Before she landed the role that made her a household name on "Who's the Boss," Judith Light entered the world of daytime in 1979 as "One Life to Live's" Karen Wolek. Light currently plays Judith Ryland on "Dallas" and can also be seen starting this week on Amazon's new series "Transparent." Premiering on Amazon Prime on Friday September 26, the ten-episode series surrounds a Los Angeles family, their exposed secrets and which direction each member decides to take their life in. Light plays Shelly, ex-wife to Mort , who now goes by Maura (Jeffrey Tambor). Watch the actress in the official trailer for season one below.
Amanda Setton: Soap Vixen turned Medical Examiner.
Who could forget the havoc Amanda Setton's "One Life to Live" character Kimberly Andrews caused during her time in Llanview from 2009 to 2011? These days the actress has landed yet another primetime role and will be heading to "Hawaii Five-0." She'll play the recurring role of medical examiner Dr. Mindy Shaw during the upcoming season. Max's (Masi Oka) new trainee is described as very smart and delivers impressive work. Tune in to CBS for season five's premiere and Setton's debut on Friday September 26 at 9:00 PM.
David Fumero gains Power.
"One Life to Live" alum David Fumero (ex-Cris Vega, 1998 to 2012), will appear as the new Chief of the Crime Division, Mike Sandoval, in season two of the Starz series "Power," produced by rapper 50 Cent. The premise follows James 'Ghost' St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), who balances two lives as a rich New York City nightclub owner and a major player in one of the city's biggest illegal drug networks. Stay tuned for the premiere date for the upcoming ten-episode season. Aside from this new series regular role, Fumero has appeared on "NCIS: NY" as Benny Madera (2012) and played Eddie on the 2014 release "Crazy Bitches." His wife, fellow Llanview alum, Melissa Fumero (ex-Adriana Cramer) can currently be seen as Detective Amy Santiago in FOX's "Brooklyn Nine-Nine," which returns with season two on Sunday September 28.
Thank U ALL!! Soooo Pumped!! AWESOME team at #POWER, Such a TALENTED cast! Feel so blessed!! It's gonna be a fun ride!!???
— David Fumero (@davidfumero) September 11, 2014
It's Members Only for Natalie Zea.
Natalie Zea, who was recast in the role as the second Gwen Hotchkiss Winthrop on "Passions," has been cast in the upcoming ABC drama "Members Only." Zea will appear as Mickey, in what's described as an upstairs-downstairs soap opera that revolves around a private country club. Look for the thirteen episode series to premiere during the 2014/2015 line-up. The actress is also working on projects titled "Too Late" and "Supreme Ruler."
— Natalie Zea (@nataliezea) September 3, 2014
Ryan McPartlin to Bad Judge.
"Passions'" alum Ryan McPartlin (ex-Hank Bennett, 2004) will turn up in NBC's new comedy "Bad Judge." The series stars Kate Walsh as Rebecca Wright, an unapologetic, tough criminal court judge, and will showcase McPartlin in an arc as her love interest - a fireman named Billy. Stay tuned for his air date and tune in on Thursday October 2 at 9:00 PM for the series debut.
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- Amy Mistretta