Soap operas can provide a pretty incredible stepping stone for actors. The experience of working on a daytime drama daily offers even the most inexperienced actors an opportunity to hone their craft. Some actors move onto to prime-time television projects, some may do movies, while others have simply build a strong foundation around their soap opera careers and characters. There have been some outstanding actors who have graced the Days of Our Lives (DOOL) set over the years, and while some have moved on, others have left only to come back. Below are is a top ten list of the 10 best DOOL actors who have been on the popular soap opera during its tenure.
10. Drake Hogestyn
Drake Hogestyn has been playing the mysterious John Black on DOOL for thirty years now. Originally, he started off as a recast of Roman Brady and then thanks to a plot twist he continued on as Black. One of the most popular DOOL characters of all time, Black is undoubtedly a staple on the soap and loved by many fans. Still surprisingly enough, Hogestyn has never been won a Daytime Emmy or even received a nomination. It’s important to note that he did receive a pre-nomination in the Outstanding Lead Actor category in 2005.
9. Robert Kelker-Kelly
A veteran of the soap opera world, Robert Kelker-Kelly got his first taste of daytime drama when he stepped into the role of Sam Fowler on the show Another World in 1987. Robert would move on to be recast as Bo Brady in DOOL in 1992 and, while fans were used to Peter Reckell, many would grow fond of Kelker-Kelly’s unique portrayal of the youngest Brady son. More recently, Robert dove into the dark side of soaps, playing the villainous Stavros Cassadine on General Hospital.
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