PICTORIAL: A History of Soap Stars on the Cover of Playgirl

Interestingly, a post we did back in 2008 about Playgirl magazine moving to the web is one of the most read articles we have ever written. At the time, we included a few covers with soap opera actors featured. Since this post continues to be read three years later week after week we thought it was time to update for those interested. So here is the We Love Soaps flashback at the soap stars featured on the cover of Playgirl since the magazine launched in 1973.

Steve Bond (February 1977) / Christopher Reeve (January 1979)

Richard Hatch (August 1979) / Victoria Principal (October 1980)

Leigh McCloskey (May 1981) / David Selby (October 1981)

Steve Ford (March 1982) / Christopher Atkins (September 1982)

Christopher Reeve (December 1983) / Lorenzo Lamas & Heather Locklear (July 1983)

Linda Evans (October 1983) / John James & Eileen Davidson (January 1985)

Joan Collins & Michael Nader (September 1985) / Michael Nouri (April 1987)

Kevin Bacon (May 1987) / Don Diamont (March 1988)

Michael Corbett (March 1989) / Frank Dicopoulos (April 1989)

Michael Swan (July 1989) / Jean LeClerc (November 1989)

Jack Scalia (January 1990) / Antonio Sabato Jr. (April 1993)

Sean Kanan (October 1993) / Lorenzo Lamas (November 1983)

Robert Kelker-Kelly (March 1994) / John York (May 1994)

Don Diamont (February 1995) / Steve Burton (April 1995)

Diego Serrano (October 1995) / Jason Brooks (December 1995)

Jack Wagner (February 1996) / Nick Kokotakis (April 1996)

Lorenzo Lamas (May 1996) / Blair Underwood (July 1996)

Austin Peck (September 1996) / Brian Austin Green (November 1996)

Eric Roberts (February/March 1998) / Linden Ashby (May 1998)

Ingo Rademacher (December 1998) / Cameron Mathison (February 1999)

Ronn Moss (August 1999) / Victor Webster (January 2000)

Ingo Rademacher (February 2000) / Winsor Harmon (May 2000)

Paul Logan (December 2001) / James Hyde (September 2002)

Sean Patrick Flanery (February 2006) / Marcus Patrick (September 2007)


  1. Did straight women ever buy Playgirl??

  2. I didn't realize there had been so many.

  3. That first cover with Steve Bond also had John Gibson in the bottom center who was on Y&R for a few years. He was involved with Nikki back when she was a stripper. Sometimes they did stripper routines together. I think the character's name was Cash. In real life he was engaged to Vanna White and died in a plane crash.

  4. One you missed is the June 1995 issue with Brent Jasmer (Sly Donovan) from The Bold & the Beautiful on the cover. Saw it at an old magazine store yesterday and immediatley thought of this article. ..lol!


  5. Another one to add is the one I just saw at Brian Kerwin's website which is with him and Sally Field, dated March 1986, from their "Murphy's Romance" days.

    Brian Kerwin - Playgirl, March 1986

  6. thanks fc for the updates. I bookmarked this page just in case there were any additions.