Former Boy Banders: Who's Acting Now?  

Alexandra Plesa
891 votes 206 voters 24.2k views 9 items

List Rules Vote up the former and current boy banders who are the best actors.

The boy band craze started in the early ‘60s and never quite died down. First came The Jackson 5 and The Monkees, then came New Edition and New Kids on the Block. The ‘90s brought us The Backstreet Boys and *NSYNC, while the 2000s were all about the Jonas Brothers and One Direction, who are still making waves as we speak. There’s always going to be a boy band stealing the spotlight and conquering teens’ hearts, so we might as well get used to their catchy pop tunes and crazy hair already.

But what happens to boy band members after their groups split up? While some retire early, others decide to launch solo careers, sometimes even successfully. And then there’s the boy bander who wants to act. An elusive species, but fascinating nonetheless. There have been some fortunate cases of actors who were in boy bands, and we’re here to rank them all. From Justin Timberlake to Marky Mark, vote up the best boy band actors.

1 120 VOTES
Ranker Video
Video: YouTube

Boy Band: *NSYNC, 1995 - 2002 

Known Then For: His ramen hair and ability to coordinate denim outfits with Britney Spears. 

Known Now For: Timberlake has built quite the impressive movie career. He starred in the critically acclaimed David Fincher movie The Social Network, in the Coen Brothers flick Inside Llewyn Davis, and the romantic comedy Friends with Benefits opposite Mila Kunis. He also appeared in Runner Runner, In Time, Bad Teacher, and Trouble with the Curve

More Justin Timberlake

#24 of 467 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #74 of 227 on The Greatest Former Child Stars featuring The Best Songs Ft. Justin Timberlake The Best Justin Timberlake Movies

Is he a good actor?
see more on Justin Timberlake
2 110 VOTES
Ranker Video
Video: YouTube

Boy Band: Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, 1991 - 1993

Known Then For: Singing "Good Vibrations" shirtless

Known Now For: Wahlberg sure came a long way since his days hanging out with The Funky Bunch. His acting career includes roles in Boogie Nights, Planet of the Apes, The Italian Job, Invincible, The Departed, The Gambler, Ted, and many more. 

More Mark Wahlberg

#63 of 339 on The Greatest Actors Who Have Never Won an Oscar (for Acting) #84 of 350 on The Coolest Actors Ever featuring Fun Facts You Didn't Know About Mark Wahlberg Mark Wahlberg Can't Seem To Escape His Violent Past

Is he a good actor?
see more on Mark Wahlberg
3 106 VOTES
Ranker Video
Video: YouTube

Boy Band: New Kids on the Block, 1986 – 1994, 2008 - present

Known Then For: Being Marky Mark’s brother and a founding member of NKOTB

Known Now For: He's appeared in the Saw films, The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, Righteous Kill, and the miniseries Band of Brothers. Since 2010, he has starred in the cop drama series Blue Bloods with Tom Selleck and Bridget Moynahan.

More Donnie Wahlberg

#87 of 114 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars #2 of 5 on Every Member of New Kids on the Block, Ranked Best to Worst #4 of 32 on Dreamcasting Families We Want To See On Celebrity Family Feud #37 of 50 on Male Celebrities Who Are 5’10"

Is he a good actor?
see more on Donnie Wahlberg
4 121 VOTES
Ranker Video
Video: YouTube

Boy Band: One Direction, 2010 - present 

Known Then For: X Factor, having gorgeous hair, briefly dating Taylor Swift 

Known Now For: Styles hasn’t truly shown us his acting chops yet, but he will be starring in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film, Dunkirk, about the British evacuation of Dunkirk during World War II. Watch the teaser above.

More Harry Styles

#69 of 467 on The Best Current Pop Groups/Singers #53 of 234 on The Hottest Men Of 2019, Ranked #34 of 89 on Current Singers You Most Wish You Could Sound Like #50 of 283 on The Greatest Male Pop Singers of All Time

Is he a good actor?
see more on Harry Styles