Soap operas will always have a special place in the hearts of daytime television lovers! The famous soap opera As The World Turns ran from 1956 all the way up to 2010 and therefore, like many soap operas, was a launchpad for many great Hollywood careers. Here are some of the biggest stars that used to live in the small town of "Oakdale"!
Amy's list of roles in popular TV shows and movies is endless, but before she really broke through, Ryan had a recurring character in As The World Turns, playing the role of "Renee".
Before starring in hit shows such as Wings, All Dogs Go To Heaven: The Series, Cursed, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip one of Steven Weber's first roles was in As The World Turns back in 1985. Hey, you have to start somewhere right?
Before Battlestar Galatica was probably just an idea, Mary McDonell starred in a few episodes of As The World Turns, playing the role of "Claudia Colfax".
Only three years before being cast for the hit series Dawson's Creek, James Van Der Beek was a cast member for three episodes of As The World Turns playing the role of "Stephen Anderson" in 1995.
Before Richard Thomas moved on to star in hit shows like The Waltons and The Americans, Thomas had a role in the soap opera As The World Turns playing the role of "Thomas Christopher Hughes" back in 1966.
Jason Biggs played the role of "Pete Wendall" before starring in the hit franchise American Pie. Since then, he has starred in several different movies and TV shows like The Good Wife and Orange Is The New Black.
Believe it or not, but one of William Fichtner's first roles ever was As The World Turns back in 1987. Producers definitely saw potential in the young actor at the time, which led him to starring in movies like Contact, Heat, and Armageddon in his later career.
Wow! The producers of As The World Turns were even able to snatch themselves an up and coming Meg Ryan, pre When Harry Met Sally. She played the role of "Betsy Stewart Andropoulos" from 1982 until 1984.
Julianne Moore also appeared on the show in the 80's. Of course like many stars, she returned to As The World Turns for the very last episode in 2010. Since then she has starred in award winning productions such as 30 Rock, Crazy, Stupid Love, and The Hours.
Amanda Seyfried starred in 27 episodes of As The World Turns over the span of 10 years (1991-2001). She moved on to star in other soap operas such as All My Children before starring in more popular productions such as Big Love in 2006 and Red Riding Hood.
Even Martin Sheen played the role of "Jack Davis" in As The World Turns back in the day from 1965 until 1970. This was long before Sheen got his breakthrough playing the leading role in Apocalypse Now. What followed was even more success in dozens and dozens of other productions. We're definitely proud!
Before her singing career took off, Lauryn Hill was a soap actress in the series As The World Turns. She played the role of "Kira Johnson" in 1991. She has definitely come a long way!
Courtney Cox is also no stranger to the soap opera genre. She too also starred in As The World Turns back in 1984 playing the role of "Bunny". Thankfully, she moved on to star on "Friends" and, of course, the very popular Scream movies which are embedded in Hollywood's history forever...
Could you believe that James Earl Jones starred in As The World Turns way back in the day? We couldn't believe it either! It's true.. James Earl Jones played the role of "Dr. Jerry Turner" back in 1966 during the first stages of his acting career. Luckily enough he was able to break through and voice a famous role in the Star Wars franchise later on his career.
Dana Delany is definitely no stranger to starring in soap operas such as Ryan's Hope so it came as no surprise when she became a recurring character in As The World Turns playing the role of Hayley Wilson Hollister. She later moved on to star in several different other shows such as China Beach, Body of Proof, and Hand of God.