6 Soap Opera Stars Who Should Retire


It’s hard to break into the world of showbiz, whether you are talking movies, television, or daytime drama. Therefore, a soap opera star who is able to successfully fill a role and remain in that role for decades is considered a great accomplishment. 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 six soap opera stars that should probably retire in the near future.

6. John McCook (Eric Forrester) – Bold and the Beautiful

Bold and the Beautiful (B&B) fans have been watching John McCook portray the founder of Forrester Creations for over 25 years, while also making appearances on B&B’s sister show the Young and the Restless (Y&R). Some of his acting accomplishments include two Daytime Emmy Award nominations for Lead Actor, one in 2001, and one in 2012. B&B fans would undoubtedly miss him greatly. At the age of 71 with a tremendous career in soaps behind him, now may be the time for John to forget about cameras and lines and start thinking about golf courses and beaches.


5. Suzanne Rogers (Maggie Horton) – Days of Our Lives

The beautiful and talented Suzanne Rogers has been playing the sweet Maggie Horton for over 40 years on Days of Our Lives (DOOL). She won a Daytime Emmy in 1979 in the Supporting Actress category for the role, and has won the hearts of DOOL fans worldwide. While currently, she does have a pivotal role within the show, the character of Maggie Horton has really done it all — she’s been part of the infamous serial killer DOOL storyline in 2003, had romance and family woes, and suffered through the Myasthenia gravis illness. At 72 years young, with all the above accolades and accomplishments, it might be time for this lovable soap actress to settle down and take a rest!

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4. Eric Braeden (Victor Newman) – Young and the Restless

One of the most well-known soap actors of all time, Eric Braeden has cultivated and shaped the iconic Y&R character of Victor Newman for over 35 years now. While he is best-known for this Y&R role, Eric has also done film and other television jobs, and fans may also recall the small, yet memorable role Braeden had in the blockbuster 1997 film, Titanic, where he played John Jacob Astor IV. Braeden has been nominated eight times for a Daytime Emmy, and has won once in the category of Lead Actor in 1998. Interestingly enough, in October 18, 2009, Eric announced that he was leaving the Y&R, stating his last air date was to be November 2nd of that year. Still, later that month on the 23rd, CBS announced that Braeden had signed a new three-year deal to stay with the show. Currently still quite a pivotal player when it comes to The Young and the Restless. Considering that he’s 74 and has already enjoyed a really long career, we think it might be time to for him to retire.


3. John Aniston (Victor Kiriakis) – Days of Our Lives

Perhaps it is time for another Victor to settle down as well? At the age of 82, Greek-American actor John Aniston is best known for two things: his iconic role as the evil Greek tycoon, Victor Kiriakis, and the fact that he is the father of famous Hollywood actress, Jennifer Aniston. These days, Victor has shown a gentler side to DOOL fans, thanks to his kind wife Maggie, but over the thirty years he has played Salem’s Greek mob-boss, he has done some pretty terrible things. Maybe it’s time for Aniston to retire on some private beach in Greece?


2. Joseph Mascolo (Stefano DiMera) – Days of Our Lives

Joseph Mascolo has brilliantly been playing the evil Stefano DiMera on Days of Our Lives, since 1982. While DOOL fans love to hate Stefano, most around the world have grown a deep admiration for the 82 year-old’s flawless portrayal of the mean mastermind who has continually tortured John Black and the Bradys over the years. While he would sincerely be missed by soap fans everywhere, perhaps it is time for Stefano to pass the DiMera torch to one of his offspring, so Mascolo can enjoy the splendors of a well-deserved retirement.

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1. Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) – Days of Our Lives

At the age of 89, Peggy McCay is no stranger to daytime television. As an accomplished actress, she has performed in theater, and done other television stints, and worked in movies. While she had a role on One Life To Live, Days of Our Lives fans have grown to adore Caroline Brady, the matriarch of the Brady family, a role she started in 1983. On the cusp of her 90s, and with McCay’s five Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress nominations (in 1986, 1987, 2013 and 2015), perhaps it is time for McCay to put her acting shoes away, and enjoy some down time.

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Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass

Dorathy Gass is an avid fan of daytime drama and has been watching Days of Our Lives, General Hospital, and Young and the Restless for over two decades now. As a full-time freelance writer, she gets to combine her love of soap operas and writing through her Fame 10 articles. Also a mother of two busy girls and a mommy blogger, she's been published multiple times over in Huffington Post Parents and Scary Mommy.