20 (Okay 22!) Oscar Winners Who Appeared on Soaps!



With everyone experiencing the golden afterglow of this morning's Oscar nominations, I thought it would be a good time to pay tribute to the daytime soap stars (as well as a few from Aussie and Brit daily serials), who have taken home the gold!

No. 22. James Earl Jones, The Guiding Light and As The World Turns

Generations of movie lovers can immediately distinguish James Earl Jones' thunderous baritone, but what they may not realize is, decades before the 2011 Honorary Academy Award recipient gave voice to such characters as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy or Simba’s dad, Mufasa, in The Lion King, he appeared on two of Procter & Gamble’s longest running daytime soaps, The Guiding Light and As The World Turns. In 1966, Jones replaced fellow future Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams as Dr. Jim Frazier. He played another soap physician, Dr. Jerry Turner, on World Turns that same year.

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Surprised Beatrice Straight (Love of Life, Supporting Actress winner for Network) isn't on here. Or Ellen Burstyn, who was one of the leads on The Doctors in the mid-60's, under the name Kate Bartok. Olympia Dukakis was on Search for Tomorrow in a contract role only about 5-6 years before she won an Oscar.

Ben Kingsley was on Corrie as one of David Barlow's friends, off and on from 66-67. Ian McKellen was on the show in 2005 for a cameo.

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I know Julienne Moore didn't win, just nominated but she and Marisa Tomei shared the screen for a year on As The World turns, she Tomei played Marcy and Moore played Frannie. I mention this because the scene posted here is with an earlier version of Frannie and it would've been cool if the scene posted was of them together.

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Loved seeing Shane McDermott (ex-AMC) in Mira Sorvino's clip. Thanks!

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What a fun article Jamey!

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Didn't George Kennedy also have a role on Y&R a few years back?

And one of the first soap actors to win an oscar was Mercedes McCambridge, who was in the original cast of "The Guiding Light" on radio.

Also Eva Marie Saint, on the first television version of One Man's Family.

Don Ameche was on radio's "Betty and Bob," as was Van Heflin.

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Mellisa Leo. She win Academy and she was on All My Children.

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Mira Sorvino won her Oscar in 1995, not 2005.

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You'll have to update this article soon....Shirley Jones is supposed to be appearing on General Hospital.

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JOAN FONTAINE (Best Actress, Suspicion) played Paige Williams on RYAN'S HOPE.

CHRISTOPHER WALKEN (Best Supporting Actor, The Deer Hunter) played Mike Bauer on THE GUIDING LIGHT.

CHARLTON HESTON (Best Actor, Ben-Hur) played himself on THE BOLD & THE BEAUTIFUL.

And yes, rbow: GEORGE KENNEDY (Best Supporting Actor, Cool Hand Luke) played Victor Newman's father, Albert Miller, on THE YOUNG & THE RESTLESS.