Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Best Musicians Turned Movie Stars

Just the other night I read an article about a possible sequel to our beloved "Hocus Pocus" movie and singer Bette Midler popped into my head, seeing she was such a great witch in that movie. I listened to a few of her songs and then this blog post came to mind. Many artists made that successful transition and crossover from music to film. While some movie career was short-lived, the others continue their impressive stride and continue to entertain us. It's pretty cool if you're successful in both music and movie industries and that is the case for some musicians. Let me share with you some of my favorite musicians turned actors and actresses. Feel free to comment and subscribe.

 Please note this is a list of Musicians turned Actors, not the other way around.

15. David Bowie
 Famous Songs: Fame, Let's Dance, Young Americans
Movies: Labyrinth, The Prestige, The Last Temptation of Christ

14. Madonna
Famous Songs: Like A Virgin, Vogue, Like A Prayer
 Movies: Desperately Seeking Susan, Who's That Girl, Evita

13. Elvis Presley
Famous Songs: Heartbreak Hotel, All Shook Up, Blue Suede Shoes
Movies: Jailhouse Rock, Blue Hawaii, Viva Las Vegas

12. Barbara Streisand
Famous Songs: People,  Left In The Dark Again, You Don't Bring Me Flowers
Movies: Funny Girl , The Way We Were, Yentl

11. Olivia Newton-John
Famous Songs: Let Me Be There, Hopelessly Devoted to You, Physical
Movies: Grease, Xanadu, Two Of A Kind

10. Tupac Shakur
Famous Songs: Hail Mary, Changes, Dear Mama
Movies: Nothing But Trouble, Juice, Poetic Justice

9. Queen Latifah
Famous Songs: U.N.I.T.Y, Paper, Just Another Day
Movies:  Set It Off, Chicago, Hairspray

8. Courtney Love 
 Famous Songs: Miss World, Doll Parts, Violet
Movies: Feeling Minnesota, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Man On The Moon

7. Bing Crosby
Famous Songs: White Christmas,I Surrender Dear, Out of Nowhere
Movies: The Country Girl, White Christmas, Road To Hong Kong

6. Ice Cube
Famous Songs: Fuck Tha Police, Straight Outta Compton, It Was A Good Day
Movies: Anaconda, Boyz N The Hood, Friday

5. Cher
Famous Songs: I Got You Babe, Believe, Where Do You Go
Movies: Moonstruck, The Witches of Eastwick, Mask

4. Frank Sinatra
Famous Songs: My Way, Strangers In The Night, Only The Lonely
Movies: Von Ryan's Express, From Here To Eternity, The Manchurian Candidate

3. Bette Midler
Famous songs: From A Distance, Wind Beneath My Wings, The Rose
Movies: Hocus Pocus, Beaches, Ruthless People
Not only is she blessed with a lovely voice, Bette was destined to act. She demonstrates some versatility within her films and she was just a joy to watch.

2. Mark Wahlberg
Famous Songs: Good Vibrations, Wildside, You Gotta Believe
Movies: The Departed, Boogie Nights,The Italian Job
Before he began acting, Mark Wahlberg was Marky Mark. After a brief stint with New Boys On The Block in the 80s , his group The Funky Bunch and a few hit songs; Mark transitioned from music to movie in fine style. After an impressive debut in Boogie Nights, he would go along and deliver us other fine films.

1. Will Smith
Famous Songs: Parents Just Dont Understand, Summertime, Gettin' Jiggy wit It
Movies: Independence Day, Bad Boys, Pursuit of Happyness
  From rapper to television shows to movies, Will Smith has done it all. Not only has his movies grossed well at the box office, he is a grammy winner and an oscar nominee. Right now he is grooming his kids to take over.


  1. Nice list...Will had to be the top one of course and Marky Mark, i think he his brother that's in NKOTB acts as well not sure...If Eminem had walked the path and did well after 8 Mile then maybe his name would be in a list...so glad 50 Cent isnt mentioned...tht dude has ONE facial expression...Luda did pretty well too, Ice Cube did a whole 360...real nice list!

    P.S. I like the background

  2. Yup nice list. agree for the most part, esp with Bette... Mos, Luda and Tyrese r good mentions too Shawna; how do you remember all these ppl? well done. (13thstreet is right about Donny Wahlberg, he's in Blue Bloods currently)

  3. nice list. Yh I know about DOnny Wahlberg...I watch Blue Bloods a lot. Gots to lost the honorable mentions. It was very necessary. Esp for luda, tyrese and JT

  4. lol thanks for the love guys

  5. Ice Cube and Will Smith are my two favs on this list..i was also educated about Marky mark (lol) and Olivia Newton

  6. Good shit this list :D Will is the boss still. Agree with 13thstreet about eminem as well. This list also made me realize i want to rewatch the first anacondas again