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17 Celebrities Who Started on Soap Operas

Christopher Reeve

Speaking of Superman . . . Long before he was characterized personally and professionally as a "man of steel," Christopher Reeve played devilishly handsome and selfish Ben Harper on Love of Life from 1974 to 1976. His character was married to two women from the same town at the same time! His wives eventually exposed him for the cad that he was, and he ended up in prison. Perhaps leading a double life on screen is why, in 1978, a casting director got the idea to make him a secretive superhero in Superman.