In the fifty years since the soap opera, “Another World,” was first
filmed, there have been a half dozen of major actors and actresses
whose acting talents sprang from there. The soap opera began on
May 4, 1964. It remained a popular culture favorite from 1964 until it
filmed its last show in 1999. It had a ‘good run’ of thirty-five years.
I found this interesting entertainment news in my AARP News Bulletin.
I receive this every month, along with the “AARP Magazine.”
I like the way the article phrases this: “A lot of now-famous
stars cut their acting teeth on the show.”
I am not sure if you have ever watched this soap opera, if you did,
these names won’t be quite the same surprise as they were to me! I
was, during my college years, addicted to “The Young and the Restless”
and a short half hour soap opera called, “Ryan’s Hope.” I see a few
of those actors and actresses in Hallmark movies and playing character
roles in movies and television shows.
Here are the Alumni’s from “Another World:”
Morgan Freeman played “Dr. Roy Bingham,” a fine architect in the
fictional town of “Bay City” where the soap opera takes place,
Morgan’s most notable, Academy Award nominated role was in “Driving
Miss Daisy,” which was filmed in 1989. I enjoy him in all of his roles.
He has been recently in “Last Vegas” with the other three iconic legends.
Morgan plays Johnny Depp’s mentor in, “Transcendence,” at age 76!
Brad Pitt played “Chris,” a high school basketball player in 1987. He
played in his ‘breakout’ role (let’s fact it, as a shirtless ‘hunk’
in, “Thelma and Louise,” in 1991. At age 50, Brad was the producer,
along with played the role of an abolitionist-carpenter in, “12 Years
Kyra Sedgwick, played murder-for-hire victim, “Julia Shearer”, from 1982
until 1983. She has been in several movies, along with her role as the
lead on a police force, “The Closer,” on television. My favorite movie
with Kyra is, “Something to Talk About,” where she plays Julia Roberts’
sister. They have very similar facial details like their beautiful eyes
and smiles. Wile 48 years old, she plays along side of Sylvester
Stallone in “Reach Me.” It is a ‘feel good’ Indie film, getting a lot
of critical acclaim and notice. (She is also in “Door to Door,” with
William H. Macy, check this movie out, later in the list…)
Kelsey Grammer was in “Another World,” as an emergency room physician
named, “Dr. Conrad,” from 1984 until 1985. There are several shows that
I remember on television with him, but mainly his role in “Frasier,”
is my favorite. He is 59, in his character role of a human villain,
“Harold Attinger,” in “Transformers: Age of Extinction.”
William H. Macy, played “Frank Fisk,” for the year of 1982. He is one
of my favorites in the movie made for television, “Door to Door.”
In that movie, he plays an inspiring man with an indomitable spirit,
who has Cerebral Palsy. He also plays a rather hapless ‘would be’
kidnapper in that strange movie, “Fargo.” His ability to become a
variety of characters is amazing, if you ever wish to see his long
list of movies and ‘resume!’
At age 64, William portrays the head of the dysfunctional family
on the television show, “Shameless.”
*I am weird, but like the television show, “Fargo,” with Billy Bob
Thornton, by the way.*
Although, definitely NOT AARP material, Lindsay Lohan, was discovered
on “Another World,” in her role as a mischievous teen, “Alexandra”
or “Alli” Fowler, (1996-97). My family enjoyed her in the remake film
of “The Parent Trap, 1998. She has portrayed Elizabeth Taylor in a
television movie and recently was in one of my posts about Garrison
Keillor, in “A Prairie Home Companion.” She is probably equally famous
as Justin Bieber, in her crazy antics, partially due to addictions.
She is at age 27 star of a reality TV show, “Lindsay,” about her post-
rehab life. One of my personal favorite Lindsay Lohan movies is with
Jane Fonda, called, “Georgia Rule.” She has talent and will overcome
her problems, which I do believe stem from family, biology, and money.
Have you ever been a fan of a soap opera?
If not, were you a fan of any of the night time ones, like “Dynasty,”
“Falcon Crest,” “Dallas,” “Knot’s Landing,” “Brothers and Sisters,”
or any newer ones, like “Nashville?” I am a fan of Sunday’s “Revenge”
and also, do sometimes watch “Parenthood.” They consider them “serials.”