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22 Celebs You Totally Forgot Were On Days of Our Lives

Sarah grew up in Monterey, CA and now lives in Los Angeles. When she's not writing, you can find her enjoying a good book, fine wine, sunflowers and long walks on the beach.

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Familiar faces

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Familiar faces

Days of Our Lives has been entertaining (and shocking) us for well over 50 years now — and it's no secret that the constant scandals and surprising character deaths lead to a revolving door of cast members. People come, people go, but one thing remains the same: our obsessions with all the crazies of Salem.

DOOL seeps into our lives outside of watching the show, too. How many times have we lost sleep, wondering what tragedy will befall the Horton, Brady and DiMera families next? A ton. And then there are the instances we are watching another show or movie that isn't Days of Our Lives, and we see an actor that we remember from somewhere... but we can't put our finger on where.

Chances are, we're remembering them from DOOL! There's a bevy of famous actors who actually got their start on soaps. These performances may have slipped our minds, but they're super fun to look back on now.

Originally published November 2015. Updated July 2017.

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Andrea Barber

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Andrea Barber

Before she was Kimmy Gibbler on Full House, Barber played Carrie Brady for two episodes in 1983 on Days.

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Ashley Benson

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Ashley Benson

Pre-Pretty Little Liars stardom, Benson played Abby Deveraux from 2004 to 2007.

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Jensen Ackles

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Jensen Ackles

Before Supernatural blew up, Ackles played the dreamy Eric Brady from 1998 to 2000.

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Nikki Deloach

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Nikki Deloach

The Awkward star played Brenda from 2007 to 2009.

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Tara Reid

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Tara Reid

Reid played a character named Ashley for five episodes in 1995.

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LeAnn Rimes

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LeAnn Rimes

The singer appeared as Madison for one episode in 1998.

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Vivica A. Fox

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Vivica A. Fox

Fox played Carmen Silva in 1988.

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Kyle Richards

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Kyle Richards

The RHOBH played Casey McGraw for three episodes in 2013.

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Ross Mathews

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Ross Mathews

Mathews appeared as Chris in 15 episodes spanning from 2004 to 2011.

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Jamie Chung

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Jamie Chung

The Real World alum played Cordy Han for 10 episodes in 2007.

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Kathie Lee Gifford

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Kathie Lee Gifford

Gifford played Nurse Callahan 1978, way back when she was Kathie Lee Johnson.

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Pamela Anderson

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Pamela Anderson

Pamela Anderson played Cindy in 1992.

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Melinda Clarke

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Melinda Clarke

The OC star played Faith Taylor for 17 episodes from 1989 to 1990.

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Pat Sajak

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Pat Sajak

The Wheel of Fortune host played Kevin Hathaway in 1983.

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Lindsay Price

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Lindsay Price

Price played Mary in 1994.

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Eric Winter

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Eric Winter

Before moving on to shows like Witches of East End and The Mentalist, Winter played Rex from 2002 to 2006.

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Nancy O'Dell

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Nancy O'Dell

The Entertainment Tonight host played Audrey Simms from 2002 to 2003.

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Lark Voorhies

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Lark Voorhies

The Saved by the Bell alum played Wendy Reardon for 26 episodes in 1993.

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Lisa Rinna

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Lisa Rinna

Before she was a reality star, Rinna was Billie Reed from 1992 to 2013.

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Barry Watson

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Barry Watson

Barry Watson of 7th Heaven fame appeared as Randy in 1990.

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Greg Plitt

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Greg Plitt

The Bravo star, who tragically died in 2015, played Henderson from 2007 to 2008.

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