bands/musicians 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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Tenacious D Rock music, Heavy metal, Acoustic music - Jack Black

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30 Seconds to Mars Neo-progressive rock, Rock music, Space rock - Jared Leto

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Marky Mark and The Funky Bunch Hip hop music, Eurodance - Mark Wahlberg

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The Pretty Reckless Post-grunge, Alternative rock, Punk rock - Taylor Momsen

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

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Childish Gambino Alternative hip hop, Hip Hop - Donald Glover

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She & Him Indie pop, Pop music, Rock music - Zooey Deschanel

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The Bacon Brothers Rock music, Folk music, Folk rock - Kevin Bacon

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Steep Canyon Rangers Bluegrass - Steve Martin

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Juliette Lewis and the Licks Rock music, Garage punk, Garage rock - Juliette Lewis

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Bruce Willis and the Accelerators Blues - Bruce Willis

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Dogstar Rock music, Grunge, Power pop - Keanu Reeves

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Phantom Planet Pop music, Rock music, Garage rock - Jason Schwartzman

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Rilo Kiley Indie pop, Alternative rock, Indie rock - Jenny Lewis and Blake Sennett

The Best Songs With Actor in the Title

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Hollywood Vampires is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Ferry73 added Hollywood Vampires Hard Rock - Johnny Depp

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Glenn Frey is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Angelia Brinn Shackelford added Glenn Frey Pop music, Rock music, Country rock

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Jeff Bridges & the Abiders is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Ferry73 added Jeff Bridges & the Abiders Folk Rock - Jeff Bridges

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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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Dead Man's Bones Folk music, Folk rock, Indie rock - Ryan Gosling

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Headstones is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Luke Albright added Headstones Alternative rock, Hard rock

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Kevin Costner and Modern West Country rock, Country - Kevin Costner

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Dennis Quaid and the Sharks Dennis Quaid

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Coconut Records is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Coconut Records Indie, Pop music, Rock music - Jason Schwartzman

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Aleka's Attic Rock music, Garage rock, Folk rock - River Phoenix

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The Germs Punk - Shane West

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30 Odd Foot of Grunts Rock music - Russell Crowe

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Dr. Feelgood Blues-rock, New Wave, Pub rock - Wilko Johnson

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The Long Goodbye Indie music - Michael Cera

The Best Songs With Character in the Title

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The One and Only Singles is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
The One and Only Singles Scarlett Johansson

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Wicked Wisdom Nu metal, Heavy metal, Rap metal - Jada Pinkett Smith

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Dirt Nasty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
killakane94 added Dirt Nasty Simon Rex

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Corey Feldman's Truth Movement Ska - Corey Feldman

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The Pizza Underground Rock, Cover Band - Macaulay Culkin

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Mothxr - Penn Badgley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Raefern added Mothxr - Penn Badgley

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The Boxmasters Rock music, Rockabilly, Country rock - Billy Bob Thornton

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Toni Collette and the Finish Toni Collette

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100 Monkeys Funk - Jackson Rathbone

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killakane94 added Three Loco Comedy hip hop - Andy Milonakis

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The Nasty Delicious Craig Robinson

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Pagoda Rock music, Experimental rock, Grunge - Michael Pitt

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Big Japan Rock music, Indie rock - Adam Brody

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Martini Ranch New wave - Bill Paxton

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Kingsfoil Indie pop, Indie rock - Frankie Muniz

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Molotov Jukebox Natalia Tena

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Mook Paul Dano

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The Peth is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
dazter added The Peth Rock music - Rhys Ifans

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Zero 1 - Hal Sparks is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Bands Fronted by Famous Actors
Raefern added Zero 1 - Hal Sparks