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Some film actors, like Julie Andrews and Nathan Lane are known for their musical theatre careers as well, but not the stars on this list. This list of actors you didn't know were in musical theatre is loosely ranked by fame and popularity and may surprise you. Several dramatic and comedic  actors have also appeared in musicals. Actors from "Seinfeld," "In Living Color,and "Dexter," have all appeared in musicals.

Who is the most famous actor that you didn't know was in a musical? Christina Applegate tops our list. In 2004, Christina Applegate made her Broadway debut playing Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance.

Prior to landing the role of "Seinfeld's" George Costanza, Jason Alexander won a Tony Award for his role as the narrator in Jerome Robbins' Broadway in 1989. "Dexter" actor Michael C Hall was discovered by Sam Mendes in 1999, when he was appearing as the Emcee in a Broadway revival of Cabaret. Mendes then suggested that Alan Ball cast Hall as David Fisher in "Six Feet Under," a role which led to an Emmy nomination.

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Christina Applegate is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 26 Actors You Didn't Know Were in Musical Theatre
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In 2004, Christina Applegate made her Broadway debut playing Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. That same year she appeared in several films including Surviving Christmas, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Employee of the Month.

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Age: 45

Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Television producer, Actor, Voice acting

Credits: Married with Children, Up All Night, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, Vacation

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Jon Hamm is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 26 Actors You Didn't Know Were in Musical Theatre
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Jon Hamm appeared in several musicals when he was in college including Cabaret and Assassins. He gained on-screen fame when he was cast as Don Draper on "Mad Men" in 2007.

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Age: 46

Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America

Profession: Television director, Television producer, Actor, Film Director

Credits: Mad Men, The Town, Shrek Forever After, Minions

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Christopher Walken is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 26 Actors You Didn't Know Were in Musical Theatre
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Christopher Walken may be best known for appearing in unsettling films like The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, and Seven Psychopaths, but he is also a highly trained Broadway dancer. In the early 1950s, he appeared alongside Liza Minnelli in an Off-Broadway revival of Best Foot Forward.

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Age: 74

Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York, Astoria

Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director

Credits: The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, Wedding Crashers

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Morgan Freeman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 26 Actors You Didn't Know Were in Musical Theatre
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In 1968, Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman made his Broadway debut appearing in Hello, Dolly! with Cab Calloway. He began to be successful in film in 1989 when he appeared in both Driving Miss Daisy and Glory.

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Age: 79

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, Voice acting, + more

Credits: The Shawshank Redemption, Se7en, Driving Miss Daisy, Million Dollar Baby

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