VOTE The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors  

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List Rules Bands led by a celebrity who is most well known for his or her acting.

This list ranks the best bands fronted by actors, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several actors have fronted bands over the years, but this list contains only the best. Some of the best bands are fronted by comedic actors, while others are fronted by dramatic stars. One band is even fronted by an Academy Award-winning actor. Which is the best band fronted by an actor? Cast your votes below.

One band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, is fronted by Jared Leto. In 2014, Leto won an Oscar for his performance in Dallas Buyers Club. Rilo Kiley is fronted by Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett. Lewis appeared in Pleasantville and Sennett appeared in the show “Salute Your Shorts.”

Childish Gambino is fronted by Donald Glover. As an actor, Glover is best known for his role as Troy on “Community.” He was also a writer for “30 Rock.” Tenacious D is fronted by School of Rock funnyman Jack Black and the Steep Canyon Rangers are often fronted by comedian and actor Steve Martin.

Which of these bands fronted by famous actors do you think is the best? Maybe yo prefer Kevin Costner's group to Michael Cera's, or Kevin Bacon's to Jada Pinkett Smith. Upvote the best bands below, all of which are fronted by a celebrity known for his or her acting.
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Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music
Jack Black

2
623 296
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Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Space rock
Jared Leto

3
296 298
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Hip hop music, Eurodance
Mark Wahlberg

4
261 255
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Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock
Taylor Momsen

5
131 128
Rick Springfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Maxq1 added Pop music, Rock music, Pop rock

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192 229
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Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop
Donald Glover

7
174 214
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Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music
Zooey Deschanel

8
159 218
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Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
Kevin Bacon

9
131 172
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Bluegrass
Steve Martin

10
118 175
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Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock
Juliette Lewis

11
131 202
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Bruce Willis and the Accelerators Blues
Bruce Willis

12
121 187
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Rock music, Grunge, Power pop
Keanu Reeves

13
100 159
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Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock
Jason Schwartzman

14
30 26
Hollywood Vampires is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Ferry73 added Hard Rock

Johnny Depp

15
98 161
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Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock
Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett

16
20 27
Jeff Bridges & the Abiders is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Ferry73 added Jeff Bridges & the Abiders Folk Rock

Jeff Bridges

17
17 23
Glenn Frey is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Angelia Brinn Shackelford added Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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6 7
The Petalstones - Malin Akerma... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
TeddyB.DelosSantos added The Petalstones - Malin Akerman

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60 146
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Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock
Ryan Gosling

20
65 166
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Kevin Costner and Modern West Country rock, Country
Kevin Costner

21
50 130
Coconut Records is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Indie, Pop music, Rock music
Jason Schwartzman

22
56 150
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Dennis Quaid and the Sharks
Dennis Quaid

23
36 108
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Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock
River Phoenix

24
42 124
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The Germs Punk
Shane West

25
43 131
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Blues-rock, New Wave, Pub rock
Wilko Johnson