Longest-serving soap opera stars.

by yrnej | created - 29 Oct 2014 | updated - 29 Oct 2014 | Public

Which of these US daytime soap opera stars who have played the same role for 32 or more years do you love to watch most?

Discuss the list here

1. Helen Wagner

Actress | As the World Turns

Helen Wagner was born on September 3, 1918 in Lubbock, Texas, USA. She was an actress, known for As the World Turns (1956), Inner Sanctum (1954) and Guiding Light (1952). She was married to Robert Willey. She died on May 1, 2010 in Mount Kisco, New York, USA.

54 years as Hancy Hughes on As the World Turns

2. Don Hastings

Actor | As the World Turns

Actor and writer, best known as "The Video Ranger", "Jack Lane", and "Dr. Bob Hughes" on television. The youngest son of Hazel and Charles Hastings, he lived in Brooklyn's Bedford-Stuyvesant area until he was six, attending Our Lady of Victory parochial school for one year. The family then moved to...

50 years as Bob Hughes on As the World Turns

3. Eileen Fulton

Actress | As the World Turns

Eileen Fulton was born on September 13, 1933 in Asheville, North Carolina, USA as Margaret Elizabeth McLarty. She is an actress, known for As the World Turns (1956), Our Private World (1965) and Girl of the Night (1960).

50 years as Lisa Grimaldi on As the World Turns

4. Rachel Ames

Actress | General Hospital

Rachel Ames has the distinction of being the longest-running performer on ABC Daytime's longest-running daytime drama, General Hospital (1963), which she joined on February 23, 1964, less than a year after the program's first air date. She has been nominated three times for an Emmy Award as Best ...

43 years as Audrey Hardy on General Hospital

5. Frances Reid

Actress | Days of Our Lives

Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and was raised in Berkeley, California, she attended/graduated at The Pasadena Community Playhouse where her major was acting, and she pursued her career immediately. The Emmy Award nominee who has played Alice Horton for the entire 37 years that Days of Our Lives has ...

42 years as Alice Horton on Days of Our Lives

6. Susan Lucci

Actress | All My Children

Susan Lucci was born on December 23, 1946, in Scarsdale, New York, to Jeanette (Granquist) and Victor Lucci, a building contractor. She is of Italian (father) and Swedish, German, and French (mother) descent. Susan grew up in Garden City. Since she can remember, she wanted to be a performer, and ...

41 years as Erica Kane on All My Children

7. Erika Slezak

Actress | One Life to Live

Erika Slezak was born on August 5, 1946 in Hollywood, California, USA as Erika Alma Hermina Slezak. She is an actress, known for One Life to Live (1968), One Life to Live (2013) and Full Circle (1996). She has been married to Brian Davies since August 4, 1978. They have two children. She was ...

41 years as Victoria Lord on One Life to Live

8. Jeanne Cooper

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Jeanne Cooper was born on October 25, 1928 in Taft, California, USA as Wilma Jeanne Cooper. She was an actress, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), Ben Casey (1961) and The Redhead from Wyoming (1953). She was married to Harry Bernsen. She died on May 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

40 years as Katherine Chancellor on The Young and the Restless

9. Ray MacDonnell

Actor | Dick Tracy

Ray MacDonnell was born on March 5, 1928 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, USA as Raymond Arthur MacDonnell. He is an actor, known for Dick Tracy (1967), All My Children (1970) and All My Children (2013). He is married to Patricia.

40 years as Joe Martin on All My Children

10. Suzanne Rogers

Actress | Days of Our Lives

Suzanne Rogers was born on July 9, 1943 in Colonial Heights, Virginia, USA as Suzanne Cecilia Crumpler. She is an actress, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), Knight Rider (1982) and Quincy M.E. (1976). She was previously married to Sam Groom.

40 years and counting as Maggie Horton on Days of Our Lives

11. John Clarke

Actor | Days of Our Lives

John Clarke was born on April 14, 1931 in South Bend, Indiana, USA as John Shelton Clarke. He was an actor, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), The Satan Bug (1965) and Death Valley Days (1952). He was married to Patricia Clarke. He died on October 16, 2019 in Laguna Beach, California, USA.

39 years as Mickey Horton on Days of Our Lives

12. Kathryn Hays

Actress | As the World Turns

Kathryn Hays was born on July 26, 1933 in Joliet, Illinois, USA as Kay Piper. She is an actress, known for As the World Turns (1956), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964). She was previously married to Wolfgang G Lieschke and Glenn Ford.

38 years as Kim Hughes on As the World Turns

13. Leslie Charleson

Actress | General Hospital

Leslie Charleson was born on February 22, 1945 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. She is an actress, known for General Hospital (1963), Port Charles (1997) and Kung Fu (1972). She was previously married to G. William Demms.

37 years and counting as Monica Quartermaine on General Hospital

14. Doug Davidson

Actor | The Young and the Restless

Doug Davidson was born on October 24, 1954 in Glendale, California, USA as Douglas Donald Davidson. He is an actor and producer, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), I'll Take Manhattan (1987) and Season of Rage. He has been married to Cindy Fisher since May 27, 1984. They have two children.

36 years and counting as Paul Williams on The Young and the Restless

15. Susan Seaforth Hayes

Actress | Days of Our Lives

Susan Seaforth Hayes, the American actress best known for her six-decade-long stint on the Days of Our Lives (1965), was born Susan Seabold on July 11, 1943 in Oakland, California. She was the daughter of the actress and writer, Elizabeth Harrower. She made her debut on the Cavalcade of America (...

36 years and counting as Julie Williams on Days of Our Lives

16. Melody Thomas Scott

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Scott was born Melody Ann Thomas in Los Angeles, California. Her first film credit was as a child actress in the 1964 Alfred Hitchcock movie, Marnie (1964). After bit parts in movies in the mid-'70s (most notably in John Wayne's final film, The Shootist (1976)), she was offered bit parts on ...

35 years and counting as Nikki Newman on The Young and the Restless

17. Patricia Bruder

Actress | As the World Turns

Patricia Bruder was born on April 14, 1940 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. She is an actress, known for As the World Turns (1956), Lights Out (1946) and Hands of Mystery (1949). She has been married to Dr. Charles Debrovner since June 6, 1959. They have two children.

35 years as Ellen Lowell on As the World Turns

18. Mary Stuart

Actress | Search for Tomorrow

She reigned on Search for Tomorrow (1951) for nearly four decades and became one of TV's most popular daytime ladies. As the ever-noble Joanne Gardner Barron Tate Vincente Tourneur, she remained on board for its entire run, and when that four-times-married role was in the can, she was ready for ...

35 years as Joanne Gardner on Search for Tomorrow

19. Larry Haines

Actor | The Odd Couple

Appeared in scores of programs from radio's "Golden Age", such as "Suspense", the "Shadow", "Inner Sanctum Mysteries", and "X Minus One". Mr. Haines also starred in a short-lived series of 1953, "That Hammer Guy", in which he played the character created by Mickey Spillane, "Mike Hammer". He was on...

35 years as Stu Bergman on Search for Tomorrow

20. Larry Bryggman

Actor | Spy Game

Larry Bryggman was born on December 21, 1938 in Concord, California, USA as Arvid Laurence Bryggman. He is an actor, known for Spy Game (2001), As the World Turns (1956) and Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995). He has been married to Tracey Hanley Bryggman since 1999. They have two children. He was ...

35 years as John Dixon on As the World Turns

21. Michael Storm

Actor | One Life to Live

The brother of Jim Storm. Took over his brother's role of Dr. Larry Wolek on One Life to Live (1968) in 1969 and has played that character since then.

35 years as Larry Wolek on One Life to Live

22. Ruth Warrick

Actress | Citizen Kane

Reedy and regal actress Ruth Warrick will be remembered for two names and two names alone. In films, she will indelibly be referred to as the castoff first "Mrs. Citizen Kane," and on TV she will forever be synonymous with her character of Phoebe Tyler Wallingford, the obnoxiously wealthy, ...

35 years as Phoebe Tyler Wallingford on All My Children

23. Marie Masters

Actress | As the World Turns

Marie Masters was born on February 4, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for As the World Turns (1956), Love of Life (1951) and Scream for Help (1984).

35 years as Susan Stewart on As the World Turns

24. Eric Braeden

Actor | The Young and the Restless

Eric Braeden is a German actor in America who began his career playing Nazis and eventually became a star of daytime soap operas. Born Hans Gudegast in Kiel, Germany, during the Second World War, he was a superb athlete who excelled in track-and-field events. As a teenager, he immigrated to the ...

34 years and counting as Victor Newman on The Young and the Restless

25. Charita Bauer

Actress | The Guiding Light

Charita Bauer was born on December 20, 1922 in Newark, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for Guiding Light (1952), The Aldrich Family (1949) and The Cradle Will Fall (1983). She was married to Robert Stanley Crawford. She died on February 28, 1985 in New York City, New York, USA.

34 years as Bert Bauer on Guiding Light

26. Jacklyn Zeman

Actress | General Hospital

Jackie began training for the classic ballet at age 5. She was accepted into the New Jersey Dance Company at age 15, and accepted a scholarship from New York University at age 15 to pursue a major in dance. The dark-haired beauty decided to try acting, and has become a staple of daytime drama (aka ...

34 years and counting as Bobbie Spencer on General Hospital

27. Bill Hayes

Actor | Days of Our Lives

Throughout the 1970s and a good part of the 1980s, Bill Hayes and his second wife, Emmy-winning Susan Seaforth Hayes, reigned as the Lunt and Fontanne of daytime soaps. Prior to this he had become a noted singer/actor on the Broadway stage and in night clubs. Born William Foster Hayes III in Harvey...

33 years and counting as Doug Williams on Days of Our Lives

28. John Beradino

Actor | General Hospital

John Beradino was born on May 1, 1917 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Giovanni Berardino. He was an actor and writer, known for General Hospital (1963), Adventures of Superman (1952) and Young Doctors in Love (1982). He was married to Marjorie Ann Binder, Charissa Hughes and Jeanette Nadine ...

33 years as Steve Hardy on General Hospital

29. Peter Hansen

Actor | The War of the Roses

Peter Hansen was born on December 5, 1921 in Oakland, California, USA as Peter Franklin Hansen. He was an actor, known for The War of the Roses (1989), General Hospital (1963) and Dragonfly (2002). He was married to Florence Elizabeth (Betty) Moe. He died on April 9, 2017 in Santa Clarita, ...

33 years as Lee Baldwin on General Hospital

30. Deidre Hall

Actress | Days of Our Lives

Deidre Hall has emerged as one of America's most beloved actresses, who delighted her fans in August 1991, when she returned to NBC-TV's number one daytime program, Days of Our Lives (1965). Hall created the role of "Dr. Marlena Evans" in 1976, a character whose popularity has created a furor and a...

32 years and counting as Marlena Evans on Days of Our Lives

31. Kate Linder

Actress | Mother's Day

Kate Linder was born on November 2, 1947 in Pasadena, California, USA as Catherine Helene Wolveck. She is an actress and producer, known for Mother's Day (2016), The Young and the Restless (1973) and Miss Meadows (2014). She was previously married to Ronald Linder.

32 years and counting as Esther Valentine on The Young and the Restless

32. Eileen Herlie

Actress | All My Children

This vibrant Scottish character actress managed in her seven-decade career trek to not only brighten up the Broadway stage during the 1950s and 1960s in roles ranging from the man-searching milliner Irene Malloy to Hamlet's mother Queen Gertrude, but conquered the TV market too, delighting daytime ...

32 years as Myrtle Fargate on All My Children

33. Colleen Zenk

Actress | As the World Turns

Colleen Zenk was born on January 20, 1953 in Barrington, Illinois, USA. She is an actress, known for As the World Turns (1956), Annie (1982) and The Comedian (2016). She was previously married to Mark Pinter and Michael Crouch.

32 years as Barbara Ryan on As the World Turns



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