Actors 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

626 296
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Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Space rock
Jared Leto

263 255
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Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock
Taylor Momsen

296 298
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Hip hop music, Eurodance
Mark Wahlberg

132 128
Rick Springfield is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
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Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop
Donald Glover

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

160 218
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Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock
Kevin Bacon

131 172
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Steve Martin

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

131 202
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Bruce Willis and the Accelerators Blues
Bruce Willis

121 187
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Rock music, Grunge, Power pop
Keanu Reeves

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

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

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

21 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 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

6 7
The Petalstones - Malin Akerma... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
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Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock
Ryan Gosling

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

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

56 150
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Dennis Quaid and the Sharks
Dennis Quaid

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

42 124
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The Germs Punk
Shane West

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