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70+ Musicians Who Became Famous Actors

Updated 14 Aug 2020 127.5k views76 items

List of musicians turned actors, loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous rock stars, pop singers, and rappers have all established successful acting careers as well. Some of these famous musicians prefer to take roles in comedies while others appear mostly in dramas. One famous “American Idol” alum even won and Academy Award for her performance in a film. Some of these musicians are even on some of the best current TV shows.

Who is the most famous musician turned actor? Madonna tops this list. The "Material Girl" singer has appeared in such films as Evita and Swept Away. Mariah Carey has appeared in such films as Precious and Glitter. "Spotlight" singer Jennifer Hudson has appeared in such films as Sex and the City and Dreamgirls, for which she won an Oscar.

Several male musicians have also made the jump to film. "SexyBack" singer Justin Timberlake has appeared in such films as Alpha Dog and The Social Network. Rapper Will Smith has appeared in such films as Men in Black and Independence Day. Mark Wahlberg was known for his rap career before he landed acting roles in Boogie Nights and The Departed.

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