Recasting a well-established soap opera character can be a daunting task for both actors and producers, especially if that role is a fan favorite. Daytime drama audiences can fall in love with a character, as well as the actors and actresses that play them, so filling those shoes can be a huge challenge. Sometimes recasts can be an epic fail while other times they can be a huge success. Below are some of the best soap opera recasting decisions.
11. Peter Bergman – Y&R’s Jack Abbott
Playing the legendary Jack Abbott for over three decades, it’s hard to believe that actor Peter Bergman is a Jack recast and not the original; however, he wasn’t the first actor to play the role. Bergman hopped into the land of Genoa City in 1989, while actor Terry Lester had previously played the part for nine years before Peter.