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James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson should've been big movie stars. Sure, Van Der Beek had Varsity Blues and Jackson had The Mighty Ducks and The Skulls, but they should've been in the same league as their Dawson's Creek co-stars Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams.

 

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27 minutes ago, jinsinna13 said:

James Van Der Beek and Joshua Jackson should've been big movie stars. Sure, Van Der Beek had Varsity Blues and Jackson had The Mighty Ducks and The Skulls, but they should've been in the same league as their Dawson's Creek co-stars Katie Holmes and Michelle Williams.

 

Some tv stars appeal does not translate to the movie screen

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27 minutes ago, jaragon said:

Some tv stars appeal does not translate to the movie screen

I think that's true. Several cast members of Cheers tried to transition to the big screen, and most of them met with limited success. 

Part of the problem is they become typecast as the characters they play on a hit TV series. So the audience has a tough time accepting them in other roles, or playing opposite other performers.

This is probably why a lot of soap stars fail to become movie stars. If Susan Lucci had tried to do roles played by Meryl Streep, she was not going to succeed because she was too identified with All My Children and no matter what she did, the audience was still going to view her as Erica Kane. So that worked against her and limited her to television work.

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3 minutes ago, TopBilled said:

I think that's true. Several cast members of Cheers tried to transition to the big screen, and most of them met with limited success. 

Part of the problem is they become typecast as the characters they play on a hit TV series. So the audience has a tough time accepting them in other roles, or playing opposite other performers.

This is probably why a lot of soap stars fail to become movie stars. If Susan Lucci had tried to do roles played by Meryl Streep, she was not going to succeed because she was too identified with All My Children and no matter what she did, the audience was still going to view her as Erica Kane. So that worked against her and limited her to television work.

Look at Tom Selleck and Farah Fawcett two huge tv stars that had a hard time on the big screen.

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Just now, jaragon said:

Look at Tom Selleck and Farah Fawcett two huge tv stars that had a hard time on the big screen.

Yes, they did have some big screen success, but it was limited. They really struggled to shed their TV persona. 

Ultimately Selleck just went back to TV. 

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1 minute ago, TopBilled said:

Yes, they did have some big screen success, but it was limited. They really struggled to shed their TV persona. 

Ultimately Selleck just went back to TV. 

And Selleck has a hit in "Blue Bloods"

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Gallipoli came out in 1981, and starred Mel Gibson (Frank) and Mark Lee (Archie).  Mel went on to become a major movie star and producer, although his career went downhill after he made some anti-semitic remarks a number of years ago.  But Mark Lee seems never to have appeared in a major film again, although he's had a full career acting in Australian television right down to the present.  He did appear in some obscure films which can be seen on old VHS tapes.

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Jimmy Wlcek was a young actor who started out in the late 1980s on the soap-opera Ryan's Hope, where he was a handsome young dreamboat. He also had a small role in Steel Magnolias.  Soon afterwards, he guest-starred on the primetime network show Walker: Texas Ranger, where he was able to show off his physique, and his martial-arts skills. This led to him getting his own primetime show, Sons of Thunder, which only lasted for 5 episodes.  Afterwards, he had some decent guest-starring roles ,  but as time passed, these became scarce.  He now apparently does somewhat obscure  television or dvd  movies. According to IMDB, he's married with 2 kids.

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I've been watching episodes of the old NBC daytime soap Texas (1980-82) on YouTube.

This show had some gorgeous looking men. Most of them did not do much after the show ended, occasionally other soap roles before fading from view.

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Steve(n) Lyon was featured in Campus Man in the late 80s.  He was a model at the time.  He might still be, but he spends a lot of his time behind the camera as a photographer.

Das Geheimnis Meiner Karriere Campus Man Steve Lyon Brett (Steve Stock  Photo - Alamyimage.jpeg.d678989851864938deb40fe8df308835.jpegSTEVEN LYON | Select London | Select Model Management

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