#5 - John McCook

John McCook has played the patriarchal figure in the fictional Forrester family on the daytime drama "The Bold & The Beautiful" since 1987. Inspired by Peter Pan and Mary Martin, he went on to spend years doing musical theatre, some flashy shows in Las Vegas and, in the process, worked with and met some interesting names (Elvis Presley, anyone?) John knew from an early age that show business was his life, but could never have predicted the path his career would take. Hear about how talent, luck, happy accidents and a strong work ethic has resulted in a life of consistent employment. Very funny - and very candid - John McCook tells it like it is with a high snark quotient but also with an obvious affection for this business we call show. (No monkeys.) -LM

"The Bold & The Beautiful" can be seen daily on CBS-TV - get more info and watch full episodes here.