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17 Celebrities Who Started on Soap Operas

Larry Hagman

In 1957, more than 20 years before the entire nation pondered the question "Who shot JR?," a young Larry Hagman played Curt Williams on Search for Tomorrow. Then, from 1961 to 1963, he played a lawyer by the name of Ed Gibson on The Edge of Night. By 1965, Hagman was starring in I Dream of Jeannie. But once he put on his cowboy hat to play unscrupulous oilman JR Ewing on Dallas starting in 1978, all of his other characters seemed to fade away.