music Former Boy Banders: Who's Acting Now?  

Alexandra Plesa
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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.

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Mark Wahlberg


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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. 
 

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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
 

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Donnie Wahlberg


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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.
 

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Nick Jonas


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Boy Band: The Jonas Brothers, 2005 - 2013

Known Then For: Disney Channel reality shows, Baby Bottle Pops commercials, dating Selena Gomez at some point

Known Now For: Jonas had a few guest appearances in popular TV shows (Hawaii Five-O, Smash, Last Man Standing) before getting more prominent roles in Scream Queens and Kingdom.  
 

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