Cady McClain debuted on a variety of television specials and movies during her acting career. She also appeared in the TV movie "A Father's Homecoming" (1987-88). She had an early role on the television special "Just a Regular Kid: An AIDS Story" (1987-88). McClain worked in television around the start of her acting career with a role on "Cheers" (1982-1993). She also worked in film during these years, including a part on the Cesar Romero action flick "Simple Justice" (1989). Additionally, she appeared on the television special "ABC Soaps' Most Unforgettable Love Stories" (1997-98). McClain also acted in "Alma Mater." McClain was nominated for an Outstanding Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy Award for "As the World Turns" in 2002. McClain won an Outstanding Supporting Actress Daytime Emmy Award for "As the World Turns" in 2003.