The world of daytime drama can be intense and challenging. Unlike prime time stars who adhere to a ‘one-show per week’ schedule and enjoy some sort of hiatus (usually in the summer), for soap stars it is go, go, go! Five shows a week, no breaks in the summer, and lines that need to be learned quickly, sometimes even on the spot. Since the show is constantly evolving and developing, characters are frequently given the ax (left, right, and center) without a moments’ notice, and there are ever-revolving plot twists and turns that need to be dealt with. It’s no wonder why many actors choose to take a break from soaps, or sometimes leave the business altogether. Check out our list of seven popular soap opera actors who don’t act anymore!
7. Antonio Sabato Jr.
In the early ‘90s, Antonio Sabato Jr. stepped onto the General Hospital (GH) set and wooed fans as Jagger Cates. He also caught the eye of a young Brenda Barrett back then, but she quickly moved onto Sonny Corinthos. As it seems, Sabato moved on as well. Initially an underwear model for Calvin Klein, the second Sabato Jr. hit the daytime screen Hollywood came calling. He moved onto prime time shows like Melrose Place and even some TV movies and films. He did return to daytime for a short stint on the Bold and the Beautiful and even reprised his Jagger role on GH’s Night Shift. However, since 2005 Sabato has been doing the reality TV circuit with shows like Celebrity Circus, Wife Swap, Dancing with the Stars and was a part of a VH-1 show (that mirrored ABC’s The Bachelor) called My Antonio where female contestants vied for his heart. More recently, Sabato has been hosting a remodeling show called Fix It and Finish It.