Person 70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors

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List of musicians turned actors, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous rock stars, pop singers, and rappers have all established successful acting careers as well. Some of these famous musicians prefer to take roles in comedies while others appear mostly in dramas. One famous “American Idol” alum even won and Academy Award for her performance in a film.

Who is the most famous musician turned actor? Madonna tops this list. The "Material Girl" singer has appeared in such films as Evita and Swept Away. Mariah Carey has appeared in such films as Precious and Glitter. "Spotlight" singer Jennifer Hudson has appeared in such films as Sex and the City and Dreamgirls, for which she won an Oscar.

Several male musicians have also made the jump to film. "SexyBack" singer Justin Timberlake has appeared in such films as Alpha Dog and The Social Network. Rapper Will Smith has appeared in such films as Men in Black and Independence Day. Mark Wahlberg was known for his rap career before he landed acting roles in Boogie Nights and The Departed.

Why do you think so many musicians decide to give acting a try? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

Beyoncé Knowles is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors
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Beyonce Knowles has appeared in such films as Austin Powers in Goldmember and Dreamgirls.

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Age: 34

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, Television producer Musician, + more

Credits: Austin Powers in Goldmember, The Great Gatsby, Dreamgirls, Epic

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#5 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

#248 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#360 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#121 on The Best Singers of All Time

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Mark Wahlberg is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors
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After his rap career, Mark Wahlberg has appeared in such films as Boogie Nights and The Departed.

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Age: 44

Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Rapper, Television producer, Musician Film Producer, + more

Credits: Boogie Nights, The Fighter, Lone Survivor, Prisoners

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#40 on The Best Actors Working Today

#53 on The Best American Actors Working Today

#170 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#57 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting)

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Dolly Parton is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors
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Dolly Parton has appeared in such films as Steel Magnolias and 9 to 5.

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Sevierville, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Businessperson, Record producer, Musician, Film Producer Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: The Porter Wagoner Show, Transamerica, Moulin Rouge!, Sweet Home Alabama

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#85 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#219 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#69 on The Best Singers of All Time

#43 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

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Justin Timberlake is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors
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Justin Timberlake has appeared in such films as Alpha Dog and The Social Network.

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Age: 34

Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Businessperson, Television producer, Musician Singer-songwriter, + more

Credits: Love Actually, Get Smart, Inside Llewyn Davis, Bad Boys II

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#21 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

#897 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#129 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#419 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

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Madonna is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors
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"Material Girl" singer Madonna has appeared in such films as Evita and Swept Away.

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Age: 57

Birthplace: Bay City, Michigan, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter, Film Producer Screenwriter, + more

Credits: Madonna: Truth or Dare, Desperately Seeking Susan, Dick Tracy, Evita

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#79 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers

#231 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#617 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#7 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

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LL Cool J is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors
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Rapper LL Cool J has appeared in such films as Grudge Match and Rollerball.

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Age: 47

Birthplace: Bay Shore, New York, United States of America

Profession: Record producer, Rapper, Entrepreneur, Singer-songwriter Author, + more

Credits: Any Given Sunday, Deep Blue Sea, S.W.A.T., NCIS: Los Angeles

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#910 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#48 on The Greatest Gangsta Rappers of All Time

#436 on The Worst Bands of All Time

#126 on The Greatest Musical Artists of the '90s

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Jennifer Lopez is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors
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Jennifer Lopez has appeared in such films as Maid in Manhattan and The Back-up Plan.

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Castle Hill, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson Songwriter, + more

Credits: Out of Sight, Maid in Manhattan, Monster-in-Law, American Idol

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#97 on The Best American Actresses Working Today

#461 on The Best Actresses in Film History

#970 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#111 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

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Elvis Presley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors
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Elvis Presley appeared in such films as Stay Away, Joe and Harum Scarum.

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Age: Died at 42 (1935-1977)

Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America

Profession: Soldier, Musician, Actor, Singer

Credits: Love Me Tender, Blue Hawaii, Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas

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#418 on The Greatest Actors & Actresses in Entertainment History

#19 on The Best Pop Groups/Artists

#9 on The Greatest Musical Artists of All Time

#3 on The Best Rock Vocalists

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