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    Famous Musicians who became actors (Or were at least in some good movies)

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    Hey Guys and Gals,

    Let's do something fun since most of us are home.

    What successful musicians have transitioned to acting into Hollywood movies?

    They don't have to be full-time actors but at least had a lead or side role of some kind.

    Not talking cameos here.

    Let me start.

    1. Beyonce (I said successful musicians, not good ones, hehe) - Austin Powers. Saw her in a Netflix movie too.
    2. Selena Gomez - Spring Breakers (With James Franco) and a couple others.
    3. Jennifer Lopez (A lot of them, big ones too).
    4. Ice Cube (Rapper, not what's most likely in your fridge)
    5. Eminem - Had one, but wow!

    Your turn . . .
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    Lady Gaga did the remake of A Star is Born, which was a role that
    Barbra Streisand played opposite
    Kris Kristofferson.

    Streisand also did Funny Girl, Yentle, Prince of Tides, and a bunch more.

    Bette Midler has been in quite a few movies.

    Neil Diamond did the Jazz Singer. The soundtrack was probably 5 times more successful than the movie.

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    David Bowie was in The Man Who Fell To Earth, The Linguine Incident, and Labyrinth. And a cameo in Zoolander

    Steven Van Zandt was in Lilehammer, The Sopranos, and had a bit part in The Irishman.

    Tom Waits has been in all sorts of stuff...I saw him most recently in The Ballad Of Buster Scruggs. I remember him in Seven Psychopaths, Coffee & Cigarettes, The Fisher King, Book Of Eli, and Mystery Men. IMDB says he's been in a bunch of other stuff that I haven't seen (but I will now!)

    That's all I've got off the top of my head.

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    I know thereís s bunch but the only thing that pops in my head is madonna. Donít remember the movie but she was young and cute at the time. To me she made a better actress than recording artist.

    Oh then you got Johnny Depp, better actor than musician. Kiefer Sutherland, again better actor.
    Thereís a buttload of actors who do music but are known for acting. I think youíre looking for the opposite

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    Great info guys.

    OMG - How could I forget Kid Rock in Joe Dirt. He was legendary.

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    Jerry Reed - Smokey and the Bandit, and several others. (Also 50 soundtrack credits according to IMDb)
    Elvis Presley??
    Levon Helm - Coal Miner's Daughter, others
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFR View Post
    I know there’s s bunch but the only thing that pops in my head is madonna. Don’t remember the movie but she was young and cute at the time.
    Was it Desperately seeking Susan ?

    Bob Dylan has done a couple.
    Mick Jagger did "Performance" and Ned Kelly."
    Roger Daltrey did "Tommy" and "McVicar."
    Sting did "Quadrophenia" and one that I can't recall but it had a really creepy poster that I used to see all over train station walls.
    Ringo did a few like "Candy" and "The Magic Christian."
    Donovan did "The Pied Piper."
    Bob Geldoff did "Pink Floyd ~ The Wall."
    I'm sure I saw Lemmy on a poster 30 years or so ago on a film called "Eat the rich."
    Phil Collins did "Buster."
    Diana Ross did "Mahogany," "Lady sings the blues" and {cough, cough} "The Wiz."
    I'm sure there's loads more. I find most that I've seen are pretty shitty.

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    Quote Originally Posted by grimtraveller View Post
    Sting did "Quadrophenia" and one that I can't recall but it had a really creepy poster that I used to see all over train station walls.
    I bet you're thinking about DUNE from back in the 80s. Unfortunately it wasn't the best of movies, at a time when SciFi movies were hitting a peak with stuff like Alien, Bladerunner, StarWars and ET.

    Speaking of Quadrophenia, it was just on cable about a month ago. It had been AGES since I had seen it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TalismanRich View Post
    I bet you're thinking about DUNE from back in the 80s. Unfortunately it wasn't the best of movies
    It may well have been "Dune." Whatever it was, I didn't see it.
    Another candidate, doesn't Keith Richards turn up in one of the "Pirates of the Caribbean" films ?

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    Jagger also did "Freejack" in the early 90's. Went and seen it at the movies, I remember enjoying myself, but then again I was in my early 20's, so life was still full of life.
    Wow, now I feel really stupid. Thanks.

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