20 (Okay 22!) Oscar Winners Who Appeared on Soaps!
With everyone still experiencing the golden afterglow of Sunday night's 84th Annual Academy Awards, I thought it would be a good time to pay tribute to the daytime soap stars (as well as a few from Aussie and Brit daily serials), who have taken home the gold!
No. 22. James Earl Jones, The Guiding Light and As The World Turns
Generations of movie lovers can immediately distinguish James Earl Jones' thunderous baritone, but what they may not realize is, decades before the 2011 Honorary Academy Award recipient gave voice to such characters as Darth Vader in the original Star Wars trilogy or Simba’s dad, Mufasa, in The Lion King, he appeared on two of Procter & Gamble’s longest running daytime soaps, The Guiding Light and As The World Turns. In 1966, Jones replaced fellow future Star Wars actor Billy Dee Williams as Dr. Jim Frazier. He played another soap physician, Dr. Jerry Turner, on World Turns that same year.