It’s hard to break into the world of showbiz, whether you are talking movies, television, or daytime drama. Therefore, it’s a great accomplishment when a soap opera star can fill a role and remain in that role for decades. It’s no secret, fans of daytime television can grow incredibly attached to soap opera characters, and the actors that play them, but when is it a good time for an established (or iconic) soap opera actor to call it quits? Below are soap opera stars that should probably retire shortly.
12. Susan Seaforth Hayes (Julie Williams) – Days of Our Lives
Simply put, Susan is a soap opera legend. She’s the longest-serving actor currently on Days, appearing on the show since its inception in 1965. She’s received six Daytime Emmy nods in total and took home the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018 along with real-life hubby and DOOL co-star Bill Hayes. At the age of 77, Days fans have watched her evolve from a headstrong 16-year-old into a strong-willed young woman, wife, mother, and grandmother.