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The Best Actors Who Played Rock Stars On Film

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List RulesPortrayals of real-life rockers only (sorry Bradley and Gaga)

Several famous rock stars have led lives so intriguing and/or troubling that they've inspired enviable acting roles. From Kurt Cobain and Jim Morrison to Elvis, Elvis, and more Elvis, actors have brought the stories behind the music to life in iconic films. Several actors who have played rock stars have even been nominated for Academy Awards.

Which actors have played rock stars in movies? In 2018, Rami Malek helped Bohemian Rhapsody dominate at the box office thanks to his portrayal of Queen vocalist Freddie Mercury. The following year, Rocketman actor Taron Egerton donned his giant sunglasses to portray Elton John in the 2019 film.

Val Kilmer not only portrayed the Doors singer Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's 1991 film The Doors, but he later played Elvis Presley (AKA "The Mentor") in True Romance. But he is not the only one who played Elvis. That role has also been portrayed by Kurt Russell and Jack White. Other actors who played rock stars include Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett, Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious, and André 3000 as Jimi Hendrix.

Which actor do you think made the best rock star? Give your favorite actors who played musicians a vote up to show you're ready for an encore.

  • Angela Bassett
    Photo: What's Love Got To Do With It / Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.

    Angela Bassett was nominated for an Academy Award for her portrayal of Tina Turner in the 1993 film What's Love Got to Do with It.

    • Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, USA
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  • Gary Busey
    Photo: The Buddy Holly Story / Columbia Pictures

    Gary Busey played the title character in the 1978 film The Buddy Holly Story. This wasn't the only time Busey appeared in a musical movie, either, as he played Bobbie Ritchie in A Star Is Born (1976).

    • Birthplace: Baytown, Texas, United States of America
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  • Taron Egerton
    Photo: Rocketman / Paramount Pictures

    Taron Egerton donned his giant sunglasses to portray Elton John in the 2019 film Rocketman.

    • Birthplace: Birkenhead, Merseyside, England
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  • Dennis Quaid
    Photo: Great Balls of Fire / Orion Pictures

    Dennis Quaid played Jerry Lee Lewis in the 1989 film Great Balls of Fire!. The actor is a musician in his own right and frequently headlines concerts with his band, Dennis Quaid and the Sharks.

    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
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