Like HowStuffWorks on Facebook!

17 Celebrities Who Started on Soap Operas

Rick Springfield

In 1968, young Aussie singer/guitarist Rick Springfield (born Richard Springthorpe) was hired by a private promoter to visit military bases in Vietnam and entertain troops. By 1972, he lived in Hollywood, continued making music, and had branched out into acting. From 1981 to 1983, he played a sweetie pie named Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital, breaking hearts all over the fictional town of Port Charles. He never stopped touring with his band, however, and his song "Jessie's Girl" won him a Grammy for Best Male Vocal Performance in 1982. Still touring and releasing CDs, Rick Springfield is another one of daytime TV's musical claims to fame.