Some film actors, like Julie Andrews and Nathan Lane are known for their musical theatre careers as well, but not the stars on this list. This list of actors you didn't know were in musical theatre is loosely ranked by fame and popularity and may surprise you. Several dramatic and comedic actors have also appeared in musicals. Actors from "Seinfeld," "In Living Color," and "Dexter," have all appeared in musicals.
Who is the most famous actor that you didn't know was in a musical? Christina Applegate tops our list. In 2004, Christina Applegate made her Broadway debut playing Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance.
Prior to landing the role of "Seinfeld's" George Costanza, Jason Alexander won a Tony Award for his role as the narrator in Jerome Robbins' Broadway in 1989. "Dexter" actor Michael C Hall was discovered by Sam Mendes in 1999, when he was appearing as the Emcee in a Broadway revival of Cabaret. Mendes then suggested that Alan Ball cast Hall as David Fisher in "Six Feet Under," a role which led to an Emmy nomination.Do you think having a background in musical theater helped these actors to succeed? Share your thoughts in the comments section.
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BYIn 2004, Christina Applegate made her Broadway debut playing Charity Hope Valentine in Sweet Charity. She was nominated for a Tony Award for her performance. That same year she appeared in several films including Surviving Christmas, Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy, and Employee of the Month.
- Age: 48
- Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
- Photo: flickr / CC0Jon Hamm appeared in several musicals when he was in college including Cabaret and Assassins. He gained on-screen fame when he was cast as Don Draper on "Mad Men" in 2007.
- Age: 49
- Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BYChristopher Walken may be best known for appearing in unsettling films like The Deer Hunter, Pulp Fiction, and Seven Psychopaths, but he is also a highly trained Broadway dancer. In the early 1950s, he appeared alongside Liza Minnelli in an Off-Broadway revival of Best Foot Forward.
- Age: 77
- Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America
- Photo: Metaweb / CC-BYIn 1968, Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman made his Broadway debut appearing in Hello, Dolly! with Cab Calloway. He began to be successful in film in 1989 when he appeared in both Driving Miss Daisy and Glory.
- Age: 83
- Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States of America