Guiding Light: Ron Raines as Alan Spaulding
Ron Raines was the Alan Spaulding Guiding Light needed after Christopher Bernau, who originated the role vacated due to health reasons and Daniel Pilon's stint was short-lived when Alan went to prison. Raines brought new life to the character while keeping his core traits that made Alan liked and hated at the same time. His portrayal of the evil Spaulding patriarch was embraced by fans very quickly, and he was a fan favorite until GL ended in 2009.
The Young & The Restless: Peter Bergman as Jack Abbott
When Peter Bergman stepped into the role of Jack Abbott his physical appearance was so shockingly different from Terry Lester, fans had a hard time embracing him in the role. But Bergman quickly proved not only was he an excellent actor, but he added depth to Jack, making him more likable to fans. Bergman gave Jack a presence about him that demanded everyone's attention the minute the character entered a room. Fans could not get enough, and almost 40 years later, he will forever be the one and only Jack Abbott.
One Life To Live: Robin Strasser as Dorian Lord
Robin Strasser is best known for playing Dorian Lord on One Life To Live, but the role wasn't always hers. Two actresses played the iconic character before Strasser, but you will be hard pressed to find anyone who remembers another actress as Dorian. She brought to life the vindictive, ruthless woman, who battled claustrophobia and softened only for her beloved family. Her chemistry with costar Erika Slezak a.k.a. Victoria Lord gave fans one of the best frenemies storylines in daytime television.
Another World: Victoria Wyndham as Rachel Cory
Speaking of the beloved Robin Strasser did you know she originated the role of Rachel Cory on Another World. Yes, Victoria Wyndham was a recast. Wyndham took the character from a villain to a heroine throughout her almost three decades of playing Rachel. The actress made sure Rachel never lost her tough, villainous side but gave the character a loving, softer side that fans were happy to embrace throughout her run on the show.
Guiding Light: Beth Chamberlin as Beth Raines
Judi Evans may have originated the role of Beth Raines on Guiding Light, but there is no doubt Beth Chamberlin will forever be the real Beth Raines. She played the role on and off for 30-years until the show ended. Her portrayal of the heroine fans loved gave the character more depth, a backbone, and a fighting spirit while maintaining core values that made Beth so popular. Plus, Chamberlin had terrific chemistry with every actor on the show making it believable when the character was paired up with different partners.