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.
Kunis appeared in a flashback scene as young Hope in 1994.
Before she was Kimmy Gibbler on Full House, Barber played Carrie Brady for two episodes in 1983 on Days.
Pre-Pretty Little Liars stardom, Benson played Abby Deveraux from 2004 to 2007.
Before Supernatural blew up, Ackles played the dreamy Eric Brady from 1998 to 2000.
The Awkward star played Brenda from 2007 to 2009.
Reid played a character named Ashley for five episodes in 1995.
The singer appeared as Madison for one episode in 1998.
Vivica A. Fox
Fox played Carmen Silva in 1988.
The RHOBH played Casey McGraw for three episodes in 2013.
Mathews appeared as Chris in 15 episodes spanning from 2004 to 2011.
The Real World alum played Cordy Han for 10 episodes in 2007.
Kathie Lee Gifford
Gifford played Nurse Callahan 1978, way back when she was Kathie Lee Johnson.
Pamela Anderson played Cindy in 1992.
The OC star played Faith Taylor for 17 episodes from 1989 to 1990.
The Wheel of Fortune host played Kevin Hathaway in 1983.
Price played Mary in 1994.
Before moving on to shows like Witches of East End and The Mentalist, Winter played Rex from 2002 to 2006.
The Entertainment Tonight host played Audrey Simms from 2002 to 2003.
The Saved by the Bell alum played Wendy Reardon for 26 episodes in 1993.
Before she was a reality star, Rinna was Billie Reed from 1992 to 2013.
Barry Watson of 7th Heaven fame appeared as Randy in 1990.
The Bravo star, who tragically died in 2015, played Henderson from 2007 to 2008.
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