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.
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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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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