VOTE: Lead Soap Actor of the Decade



As the 00’s come to an end and we look forward to the 2010’s Daytime Confidential pauses to look back at the best of the past decade. In the coming days Daytime Confidential readers will be able to vote for their favorite soap actors and characters in a variety of categories.

Voting ends December 24 at midnight and readers' votes in all the categories will be discussed in a “Best of the Decade” podcast to air the week of January 28.

From The Young and the Restless’ Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott to Ricky Paull Goldin’s Gus Aitoro on Guiding Light, soap’s leading men have turned in some subtle and stellar performances over the past decade, leaving us with unforgettable memories.

Open voting has ended.

Who is the best lead actor of the decade?

Cameron Mathison - AMC
0% (12 votes)
David Canary - AMC
3% (99 votes)
Michael E. Knight - AMC
1% (34 votes)
Michael Nader - AMC
0% (5 votes)
Thorsten Kaye - AMC
10% (296 votes)
Benjamin Hendrickson - ATWT
1% (20 votes)
Hunt Block - ATWT
0% (10 votes)
Jon Hensley - ATWT
0% (11 votes)
Michael Park - ATWT
2% (67 votes)
Scott Holmes - ATWT
0% (3 votes)
Jack Wagner - B&B
1% (23 votes)
John McCook - B&B
0% (2 votes)
Ronn Moss - B&B
1% (16 votes)
Sean Kanan - B&B
0% (8 votes)
Drake Hogestyn - DAYS
2% (59 votes)
Joseph Mascolo - DAYS
1% (25 votes)
Peter Reckell - DAYS
2% (58 votes)
Stephen Nichols - DAYS
1% (44 votes)
Thaao Penghlis - DAYS
1% (23 votes)
Anthony Geary - GH
4% (132 votes)
Maurice Benard - GH
4% (122 votes)
Rick Hearst - GH
3% (80 votes)
Steve Burton - GH
14% (420 votes)
Ted King - GH
1% (20 votes)
Bradley Cole - GL
0% (6 votes)
Grant Aleksander - GL
3% (82 votes)
Paul Anthony Stewart - GL
0% (14 votes)
Ricky Paull Goldin - GL
2% (58 votes)
Robert Newman - GL
3% (98 votes)
Tom Pelphrey - GL
3% (96 votes)
Michael Easton - OLTL
1% (19 votes)
Phil Carey - OLTL
1% (15 votes)
Roger Howarth - OLTL
3% (78 votes)
Robert S. Woods - OLTL
1% (24 votes)
Trevor St. John - OLTL
4% (131 votes)
Ben Masters - Passions
0% (3 votes)
Galen Gering - Passions
1% (37 votes)
Josh Ryan Evans - Passions
0% (9 votes)
Travis Schuldt - Passions
0% (0 votes)
Brian Gaskill - Port Charles
0% (3 votes)
Jon Lindstrom - Port Charles
0% (6 votes)
Kin Shriner - Port Charles
0% (6 votes)
Michael Easton - Port Charles
0% (7 votes)
Christian LeBlanc - Y&R
5% (140 votes)
Eric Braeden - Y&R
4% (132 votes)
Joshua Morrow - Y&R
2% (48 votes)
Peter Bergman - Y&R
8% (223 votes)
Shemar Moore - Y&R
4% (126 votes)
Total votes: 2950

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daisyclover1938's picture
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Hey I'm glad you guys put Benjamin Hendrickson on there...I really miss him.

Some surprises on here too. Some actors that I consider to be more supporting.  And where's Roger Howarth for ATWT?? Well, I guess he's got a better shot with his Todd nomination, lol

EDIT: I just noticed... no James Scott for lead??! *gasp*

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I voted Hunt Block from ATWT but I like Robert Newman, Tom Pelphrey and Roger Howarth as Todd as well.

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I'm probably in the minority but I picked Trevor St. John for Todd as the best of this decade.

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Roger the one & only Todd freakin Manning. We need Todd back in Llanview, NOW. 

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Roger Howarth is and always will be Todd Manning!

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My Jack Abbott!!! That's where I casted my vote.

And DC, THANK YOU for my giggle of the morning! Cam Matheson.... BAAAHAAAA!!

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I voted for Trevor St. John he may not have originated it but he perfected it.

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 Oh, yeah! My man Ricky Paull! I miss Gus. *sigh*

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Michael E. Knight

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Steve Burton!!!

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A lot of our "supporting" list wil be leads who didn't make this list, like James Scott and Jess walton (for the women). I guess we've become the Daytime Emmys. LOL

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Peter Bergman - hands down. That man is the best male actor on TV, not just daytime. 

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Ricky Paull Goldin. I'll never forget that detox episode, he should the lead actor Emmy that year.

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Oops, double by mistake

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Peter Bergman never fails to deliver. His twenty years as Jack Abbott have made Y&R shine!!!

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 Steve Burton ......
Jason Morgan has been trough so much and Steve always brings it ......

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I voted for Ricky Paul Goldin. I have watched soaps on and off over this decade as my life transitioned from highschool, through college, marriage, 3 jobs, 2 kids, and buying my first house. Ricky was the one actor no matter what he was given, I just enjoyed watching, even if I didn't know what was going on. I hope he wins, he was awesome, and still is, even with the crap sandwich he got from Pratt.

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Well as you can see right now Steve Burton has a huge lead in the votes.

All these women are not thinking acting chops when choosing him.

They all just want to sleep with him. LOL

I voted for Maurice Bernard.
He has been front and center the whole decade.

Roger Howarth was great as Todd Manning.
Here's hoping there is a shot at him returning now that ATWT has been canceled.

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Yes Y2Jin99, we simple women folk have wee brains and all of our decisions are made by our vajayjays, lol!

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Peter Bergman...all the way!

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 He perfected "How to ruin a UNIQUE ICONIC Character". Might as well call him, Tom Dick or Harry because Todd can NOW be compared to any other leading male soap character.

A bit of info on Todd Manning. RH was hired to play "frat boy 1"  He was supposed to stay around long enough to rape the girl who was causing trouble. It was a redemption story for Marty Saybrooke. Frat boy 1 was supposed to have gone off to jail with his buddies. Because of the originator, Todd Manning exists today unfortunately in name only due to the recast. Todd should never have been recasted. Frons did this only to give the finger to RH & it backfired. He needs to fix it & bring RH & Todd back to Llanview. 

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Steve Burton as Jason on GH. I got hooked on GH when Jason and Elizabeth were kind of together all those years ago. I guess they hold a special place in my heart. That was a little more than 10 years ago and the character of Jason has stayed front and center for most if not all of those 10 years.

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I voted for Josh Ryan Evans, but I feel bad for poor Cameron? Not one single vote? Ouch!

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Peter Bergman!!!

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I voted for Peter Bergman.  Anytime he's an option I just go ahead and click on him.  I don't even know who else was on the list...and don't really care.  Peter Bergman is THE best actor of the decade. Period.

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I wish people would vote based on who is the best actor (Bergman) instead of who comes from the most popular couple (Burton) cause shouldn't this poll be based on who is the greatest performer? Bergman isn't doing as well as he should, while Burton is doing better than he deserves, and it comes down to Bergman doesn't have a Liason/Jasam following like Burton does. I don't think that should factor into the results. This should be about the top talent. Burton isn't even in Bergman's league as an actor.

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Steve Burton.  He has been at the top of my list ever since watching his transformation from Jason Quartermaine, to Jason Morgan in the 90s.  Throw anything at that man,  and he can play the hell out of it.

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Steve Burton is a better actor than Peter Bergman, Trevor St. John,  Michael E. Knight, David Canary, Michael Park, Grant Alexander and Ricky Paul Golldin.  Some people need to step away from the mob kool aid. 

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daisyclover1938 wrote:
Yes Y2Jin99, we simple women folk have wee brains and all of our decisions are made by our vajayjays, lol!

I don't know about Steve but whoever voted for Shemar Moore and Josh Morrow are definitely thinking with their vajayjays. I'm sorry, that baby that plays Emma on AMC would act circles around them.

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Some people need to step away from the mob kool aid.

I tell ya what,  I'll keep drinking the kool-aid. and you can go eat some of Dixie Martins pancakes.

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season1217][quote=daisyclover1938 wrote:
Yes Y2Jin99, we simple women folk have wee brains and all of our decisions are made by our vajayjays, lol!
I don't know about Steve but whoever voted for Shemar Moore and Josh Morrow are definitely thinking with their vajayjays. I'm sorry, that baby that plays Emma on AMC would act circles around them.

No that's not even the worst.  Ronn Moss has votes for best actor.  I mean seriously people. 

Well at least I see the Steve Burton fans are clearing their caches to make sure they can vote multiple times.

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sbfan-we Texas chicks gotta stick together!   STEVE BURTON!!

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This is hard! I voted for David C and haven't watched AMC since the 90s !

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LMAO, faisonfanintexas, u know it!!!
@ newmanwins, not everybody actually watch Y&R, I've NEVER seen it. So maybe, some Steve Burton voters are only GH watchers (like me), so all we have for comparison are other GH males. He's hot, yes!!!, but that's not why I picked him, he made me HOOKED on this show and through all his pairings (whether I liked it or not), I still watched. Why people think he doesn't have acting chops is beyond me.

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 People that are asking why Steve
look at this weeks scenes and see why!!
More also look at the scenes where Sam's baby dies 
or when he was begging Michel to wake up 08
Or when his grandmother died, Luke said that it was one of the best 
or when Alan dies 
Or when he had to deal with maybe giving up Sonny to protect Spinelli this year 
Or when he gave up Jake ..
Or when he and Liz broke up 
Or when he was in Mexico this year and started to dream about Michael and Carly 
Or when he and Emily argue in PCOD about her involvement with Sonny in 06
AND THERE ARE MANY MORE I DON'T HAVE TIME LOL

This is just a few examples why people  think he is good not just pretty face...

I also like to add that Peter Bregman is probably my second choice ..
Maline don't reply please it is not meant to you .......I know what you think And I don't care 

PS - I didn't add Youtube links  BECAUSE IT WILL TAKE MUCH TIME LOL

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Watch Steve stare and blink.  Watch Steve pull out a gun and shoot a goon.  Watch Steve act against a Playboy bunny who cannot act herself. 

There is reason why when Steve had a two year break from the show in the early 00's he came running back. 

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 Maline first Steve had jobs at that time he worked on the castle and taken two big jobs
So you don't know anything!!! 
Second why Do you hate in Steve ?did  he hurt you personally  I don't think so maybe you don't like his juice LOL or maybe you are a little girl that want to start a fight cos you don't have any thing good to do ..LOL
There are many SBU fans here that love him and respect him also there a lots who don't but they don't act like a little girl like you 

SO GET A REAL LIFE 


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Steve left to see what he could do in Hollywood.  He got one decent film role and then came running back to GH and has never left.  At times he has talked about leaving but since he is about to hit the big 4-0 in Hollywood terms he is over the hill.  After General Hospital ends he will just be another washed up actor in Hollywood. 

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SBu is a nothing. I voted for Peter Bergman. It was either him or David Canary who I think and the 2 best in soaps. TG is hammy and over the hill.

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LOL..maybe it would be better to just vote and not have a place to comment. People always have different opinions, why they should be attacked for it? No idea.

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People always have different opinions, why they should be attacked for it?

 

cause some people just don't know how to give an opinion without insulting other opinions.  I believe it's called "i have my head stuck up my butt" syndrome.

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Good lord.  I saw a steve burton is nothing link on the recent comments and figured it was a continuation of our earlier discussion in another thread...so I clicked.  WOW.  I am glad I avoided this thread..." I have my head stuck up my butt syndrome" is right.

First of all, i am a woman, but I do not vote with my va-jay jay.  WOW I cant even believe someone posted the suggestion that only ignorant women folk could vote for Steve Burton and/or that those who voted for Burton had to be ignorant because they couldnt simply prefer him.

Second, I am a JaSam fan.  This may surprise some of the haters, but just because you love a couple doesnt mean you automatically voted for them.  For the record, I voted for Maurice Bernard - doesnt mean that I dont think the world of Steve - just that I think year in and year out MB has had to material to demonstrate he is at the top of the game. What I dont get though is why anyone would feel the need to attack someone for not voting the same way as they did or assume that certain voters are only voting for pairings.

For the record, I also voted for Tamara Braun for lead.  That was a tough one for me between SJB and TB.   As much as Kelly is one of my favorite actors and def. part of my favorite pairing, I never considered voting for her for lead because as good as she was on PC, she wasnt the best of those offered up in the lead category.

So great, now I have been insulted as a woman, as an SBu fan, and as a JaSam fan. Jesus take the wheel.

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So great, now I have been insulted as a woman, as an SBu fan, and as a JaSam fan.

 

don't feel bad. take out JaSam, and add LiAson, and you and me are in the dame boat sweety.

P.S.

you don't have to hate me now that you know who i like, right?

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Whoa.  Steve Burton a nothing?  That's a little harsh, don't you think?  You may not think SBu is a great actor, but he is still a person.  In my opinion, I don't think anyone else can play Jason Morgan the way Steve does...but hey, I'm probably just thinking with something other than my brain, right?

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LMAO no JLJ  I will just have to bring you around to loving the right couple

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but hey, I'm probably just thinking with something other than my brain, right?

 

apprently us women can only think with whats between our legs in certain situations.

who ever made that initial comment could possibly be writing for GH right now.

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LMAO no JLJ  I will just have to bring you around to loving the right couple
 

lol.  sorry hon. i've been a die hard liason fan since 1999.  i will not convert.

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That wont keep me from trying JLJ.    Besides dont you want Lizzie beth with the one guy that makes her sexually alive??? 

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Besides dont you want Lizzie beth with the one guy that makes her sexually alive???

 

I think I just threw up a little bit.

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Hey she said it first!! LOL