Entertainment The Best Actors Who Played Rock Stars On Film  

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Several famous rock stars have inspired great acting roles. From Kurt Cobain to 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.

What actors have taken to the screen to play rock stars? 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. Other rock star roles 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 them a vote up to show you're ready for an encore.

Rami Malek is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Rock Stars On Film
Photo: Bohemian Rhapsody/20th Century Fox
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In 2018, Rami Malek led Bohemian Rhapsody to box office success thanks to his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic. Sacha Baron Cohen was previously set for the role, but creative differences with producers caused him to exit the project.

Date Born: 1981

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Val Kilmer is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Rock Stars On Film
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Val Kilmer famously portrayed Doors singer Jim Morrison in Oliver Stone's 1991 biopic The Doors. Two years later, he played Elvis Presley (AKA The Mentor) in True Romance.

Date Born: 1959

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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Angela Bassett is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Rock Stars On Film
Photo: What's Love Got To Do With It/Buena Vista Pictures Distribution, Inc.
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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.

Date Born: 1958

Birthplace: Harlem, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Gary Busey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Actors Who Played Rock Stars On Film
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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).

Date Born: 1944

Birthplace: Baytown, Texas, United States of America

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