Just about everyone has watched soap operas at one time or other. Some might even have one they watch everyday. It might be surprising to know some of the greatest actors appeared early in their career start on a daytime soap opera.
Check out these 5 black celebrities who just might have appeared on your favorite daytime soap opera:
1. Morgan Freeman
Morgan Freeman is an American actor, film director, and narrator. Freeman has received Academy Award nominations for his performances in Street Smart, Driving Miss Daisy, and The Shawshank Redemption. Although his first credited film appearance was in 1971’s Who Says I Can’t Ride a Rainbow?, Freeman first became known in the media through roles on the soap opera Another World and the PBS kids’ show The Electric Company.
2. James Earl Jones
James Earl Jones is an actor who in a career of more than 60 years has become known as “one of America’s most distinguished and versatile” actors and “one of the greatest actors in American history.” Jones appeared in the 1963–64 television season in an episode of ABC’s drama series about college life, Channing, starring Jason Evers and Henry Jones. He also appeared on the soap opera Guiding Light.
3. Laurence John Fishburne III
Laurence John Fishburne III is an actor, playwright, director and producer, best known for playing Morpheus in The Matrix trilogy, Jason “Furious” Styles in the 1991 drama film Boyz n the Hood and Tyrone “Mr. Clean” Miller in the 1979 war film Apocalypse Now. In 1973, Fishburne had his first acting role portraying Joshua Hall on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live.
4. Shemar Moore
Shemar Franklin Moore is an actor and former fashion model. Moore played the role of Malcolm Winters on The Young and the Restless for eight years. In November 2004, he returned to The Young and the Restless after originally planning to leave the show, but after a few months he dropped back to recurring status and left in September 2005. In 2007, he said, “My time is done on Y&R. I did eight solid years as Malcolm.”
5. Ving Rhames
Irving Rameses “Ving” Rhames is an actor best known for his work in Bringing Out the Dead, Pulp Fiction, Out of Sight, Baby Boy, Don King: Only in America, Dawn of the Dead, and Rosewood. During the 1980s, Rhames had recurring roles on soap operas, including Another World and Guiding Light.
6. Vivica Fox
Vivica Anjanetta Fox is a well-known actress, producer and television host. She began her career with roles on the daytime television soap operas Days of Our Lives (1988) and Generations (1989–91). Fox is now best known for her roles in the films Independence Day, Set It Off, Soul Food, Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Kill Bill, Booty Call, Sharknado 2: The Second One and Juwanna Mann. She was also a contestant on Celebrity Apprentice season 7, which premiered on January 4, 2015.
7. Blair Underwood
Blair Erwin Underwood is a television, film, and stage actor and director. He played headstrong attorney Jonathan Rollins on the NBC legal drama L.A. Law for seven years. He has received two Golden Globe Award nominations, three NAACP Image Awards and one Grammy Award. Before starring in big name film roles, Underwood had a short stint on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live as Bobby Blue, which eventually led to his performance on the TV series L.A. Law, where he appeared from 1987 to 1994.