Film and TV celebs who have also starred on Broadway are those actors and actresses who have seen success both on screen and on stage. Be it those who got their start in musicals before making the leap to movies and television shows or those already household names who took a break from Hollywood in favor of the stage. Either way, these movie and TV actors who starred on Broadway are all incredibly talented.
Though this list is far from complete of every actor who has appeared and film and television along with on Broadway, sifting through the many names will likely yield some discoveries. Who would have thought that the likes of Anna Kendrick and Abigail Breslin appeared on Broadway at very young ages before making it big in movies? Will Ferrell is very well known for his film and television comedy but did you know he starred in his own Broadway show too?
While both involve acting, appearing in a film or television show, where you have several takes to perfect each scene, is much different from doing eight shows a week in front of a live audience. That's why it isn't surprising that some of the best actors and actresses around have appeared in both formats. Meryl Streep, Al Pacino, Denzel Washington, and Julia Roberts are just a few in that category, but far from all of them.
But being a star of both television or film and the Broadway stage isn't the only surprising fact about your favorite actors and actresses that you might not know. Check out the famous people you didn't know were married to each other too!
- Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress, producer, and designer. She is known for her role as Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series Sex and the City (1998–2004), for which she won two Emmy Awards, four Golden Globe Awards for Best Actress in a Comedy Series and three Screen Actors Guild Awards. The character was widely popular during the airing of the series and was later recognized as one of the greatest female characters in American television. She later reprised the role in films Sex and the City (2008) and Sex and the City 2 (2010). Parker made her Broadway debut at the age of 11 in the 1976 revival of The Innocents, before going on to star in the title... more
- Lea Michele (born Lea Michele Sarfati on August 29, 1986) is an American actress, singer and author. She began her career as a child actress on Broadway, appearing in productions of Les Misérables (1995–1996), Ragtime (1997–1999), Fiddler on the Roof (2004–2005), and Spring Awakening (2006–2008). Michele came to major prominence playing Rachel Berry on the Fox series Glee (2009–2015), for which she received an Emmy Award nomination and two Golden Globe nominations. She earned three Grammy Award nominations for music she recorded for Glee, also spawning multiple hits on the Billboard charts. She subsequently starred as Hester Ulrich on the Fox series Scream Queens (2015–2016) and as... more
- Neil Patrick Harris (born June 15, 1973) is an American actor, comedian, writer, producer, magician, and singer. He is known primarily for his comedy roles on television and his dramatic and musical stage roles. On television, he is known for playing the title character on Doogie Howser, M.D. (1989–1993), Barney Stinson on How I Met Your Mother (2005–2014, for which he was nominated for four Emmy Awards), and Count Olaf in A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017–2019). Harris is also known for his role as the title character in Joss Whedon's musical Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog (2008) and a fictional version of himself in the Harold & Kumar film series (2004–2011). His other films include... more
- John Joseph Travolta (born February 18, 1954) is an American actor, film producer, dancer, and singer. Travolta rose to fame during the 1970s, appearing on the television series Welcome Back, Kotter (1975–1979) and starring in the box office successes Saturday Night Fever (1977) and Grease (1978). His acting career declined through the 1980s, but enjoyed a resurgence in the 1990s with his role in Pulp Fiction (1994), and he has since starred in films such as Get Shorty (1995), Broken Arrow (1996), Face/Off (1997), Swordfish (2001), Be Cool (2005), Wild Hogs (2007), Hairspray (2007), Bolt (2008) and The Taking of Pelham 123 (2009). Travolta was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor... more