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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: 35

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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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: 45

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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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: 71

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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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: 36

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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