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.
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.
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.
#78 on The Coolest Actors Ever
#23 on The Hottest Men Over 40
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.
#94 on The Greatest '80s Teen Stars
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.