Before he was Dr. Frasier Crane on "Cheers" and "Frasier," Kelsey Grammer was Dr. Canard on the NBC soap "Another World."
The Julliard-trained actor played the role only for less than a year in 1984, but it was the stepping stone he needed to launch a career that has remained at its peak for decades.
Most people know him as the lovable but somewhat neurotic psychiatrist who was a regular at the Cheers bar before moving to Seattle to start his own radio talk show. But did you know that Grammer also has the distinction of being the first and only TV actor in history to receive Emmy nominations for playing the same role on three different TV series ("Cheers," "Frasier" and "Wings")?
He actually won five of those Emmys he was nominated for, proving once again that soap operas have launched some of the most successful acting careers of all time -- including the phenomenal career of our last selection ...
No. 1: Demi Moore - "General Hospital"
When Demi Moore first hit Port Charles (the setting of ABC's "General Hospital") as Jackie Templeton in 1982, she was not alone. Her debut came in conjunction with the character of her sister, Laura Templeton, played by Janine Turner.
Turner also went on to have a fairly successful acting career as the star of the hit prime-time series "Northern Exposure." However it was Moore who reached true superstardom after her soap stint, and she remains an A-list celebrity today.
Although most of her current headlines involve her cougar/cub relationship with husband Ashton Kutcher, Moore has starred in some of the biggest box office hits of all time, including "Ghost," "Indecent Proposal" and "A Few Good Men."
So never let anyone tell you that starring on a soap opera puts you on a fast track to a bartending career. Clearly, some of the greatest, most popular actors and actresses in Hollywood got their start on a daytime drama.
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