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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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.
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 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.
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 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.
Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America
Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Film Director
Credits: The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, Catch Me If You Can, Wedding Crashers
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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.
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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In 1983, Kelsey Grammer portrayed Young Man on the Bank and Soldier in the musical Sunday in the Park with George. He was cast as Dr. Frasier Crane in Cheers in 1984 and he played the character for the following 20 years.
Birthplace: Saint Thomas, United States Virgin Islands
Profession: Television director, Comedian, Television producer, Film Producer Actor, + more
Credits: Cheers, Toy Story 2, Anastasia, Transformers: Age of Extinction
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In the early 1980s, Emma Thompson was in a London production of the musical Me and My Girl. She made her big screen debut in the 1989 film Henry V.
Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author Actor, + more
Credits: Howards End, Sense and Sensibility, Love Actually, Nanny McPhee
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Andy Griffith appeared in the 1957 musical, Destry Rides Again in New York. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his performance as Destry. From 1960-1968 he starred as Sheriff Andy Taylor in "The Andy Griffith Show."
Age: Died at 86 (1926-2012)
Birthplace: Mount Airy, North Carolina, United States of America
Profession: Comedian, Television producer, Screenwriter, Actor Voice acting, + more
Credits: The Andy Griffith Show, Matlock, A Face in the Crowd, Waitress
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Vivien Leigh won a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical in 1963 for her role in Tovarich. In 1939 she won an Academy Award for her portrayal of Scarlett in Gone with the Wind.
Age: Died at 54 (1913-1967)
Birthplace: Darjeeling, India
Profession: Actor, Singer
Credits: Gone with the Wind, A Streetcar Named Desire, Ship of Fools, Waterloo Bridge
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