7 Popular But Forgotten Soap Opera Actors

  
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In the summer of 1952, CBC aired the very first daytime drama on U.S. television when the show Guiding Light made its transition to T.V. from radio. Over the next six decades, audiences would come to fall in love with soap operas and begin to tune in weekly to get their daily dose of drama, romance and adventure. As such, audiences also became deeply invested in the larger-than-life characters that were portrayed on these soaps, genuinely caring and interested in what would happen next in their lives. Since that time many soap opera shows (not to mention actors and actresses) have come and gone. Below is a list of seven popular forgotten soap opera actors.

7. Billy Warlock

While he may be best known for his role as Eddie Kramer on the primetime hit Baywatch, soap opera fans know him as Days of Our Lives’ Frankie Brady or General Hospital’s AJ Quartermaine. The interesting thing about Warlock is despite the fact that he has had two legendary roles on two of the most popular daytime dramas today, he’s had stints in quite a few other soaps over the years. Some may remember Warlock’s role as campaign manager for Jack Abbott on The Young and the Restless in 2007. Other fans may remember the very small parts he played on As the World Turns and One Life to Life.

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6. Michael Sabatino

Entering the world of drama in 1982, Michael Sabitino broke into the soap opera business with a primetime role in Knots Landing. He would move on to play the dastardly Lawrence Alamain on DOOL for three years (from 1990-1993), and also enjoy roles on other popular daytime dramas including Bold and the Beautiful, All My Children, and even had a stint on the short-lived soap Passions. Probably the best thing that happened during Sabitino’s soap opera career was meeting his now wife, Crystal Chappell. The two met while on Days of Our Lives, got married in 1997 and have been together ever since.

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