Famous singers who have acted in movies

famous singers

The list of famous singers who have acted in movies is extensive. Some of those who have tried resulted in fraud, others demonstrated true histrionic abilities. Several have garnered critical acclaim, including awards and accolades.

Classic and modern, throughout the history of cinema we have known the participation in films of many famous singers.

The classics

Installed sound within the world film industry, and with musicals as the main course during the middle of the XNUMXth century, there were several famous singers during this period who built acting careers on the big screen.

Frank Sinatra

The voice not only marked an era with his commanding vocal style, he was also an outstanding actor. He participated in half a hundred films, winning in 1953 the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for From here to eternity.

Dean Martin

A universal artist, with Success as an actor, comedian, singer, entertainer. For many it is even difficult to determine in which of his facets he was most successful.

Dean Martin

Let an extensive legacy of film productions. 18 films stand out with Jerry Lewis, as well as the 1960 classic Ocean's Eleven (The gang of eleven), which starred alongside other singer-actors such as Frank Sinatra y Sammy davis jr.

Elvis Presley

The King of Rock'n Roll lived a rugged and meteoric career, which ended with his untimely death in 1977, at just 42 years of age.

However, had time to sell so many records. To this day, it continues in the third position among the most successful of all time in the United States.

On the recommendation of your manager, during the sixties he practically only dedicated himself to making films. Although he wanted to try drama, comedies made up most of the 27 films he starred in. Almost all of them highly questioned by critics, although both blockbusters.

The ladies of the song

Within the list of famous singers who have acted in movies, several ladies stand out. Many of them so recognized both for their musical talent and for their acting skills.


During almost 60 years of musical career has sold more than 200 million albums worldwide. In addition to being the only singer who has managed to enter the top 100 of Billboard at least once during the last six decades.

In film, she won the Oscar for Best Actress for romantic comedy Moon spell which he starred in in 1987 alongside Nicolas Cage.

Lizza minelli

It is one of few to win the big four of the entertainment industry in the United States: the Oscar (film), the Emmy (television), the Grammy (music) and the Tony (theater).

Rose to fame after starring in the 1972 musical Cabaret.

Whitney Houston

Is one of the most influential voices within modern pop ballad singers and genres like soul or R&B. More than 170 million records sold worldwide, in addition to being the artist with the most awards in history (around 470).

He made his film debut with The bodyguard in 1992, with Kevin Costner. The soundtrack of this film is the best-selling of all time. It also includes the theme I always live you, the best-selling single of all time by a female voice.


Barbara streisand

Another lady whose talent has left notable jobs in both music and film. So much that has won the Oscar for Best Actress in 1968 for Funny Girl, as well as for Best Original Song in 1976 for A star has been born.

The Disney generation

Conclusion several singers actors (or vice versa) who have ventured with some success in both facets and that they achieved fame thanks to the television shows of Disney Channel.

Justin Timberlake

It is a good example of the Disney generation. Member of the legendary The Mickey Mouse Club, achieved world star status thanks to the youth vocal quintet N'Sync.

 After a long and successful solo career, she has also tried her luck in film. He has proven to be a talented actor and not just a pretty face with a good body.

Britney Spears y Christina Aguilera

They were also part of the cast of the Disney Club. While they have scored several hits in their respective music careers, his forays into the seventh art are, at best, discreet.

 Spears starred in the youth drama Cross Road in 2004. , which left good collection numbers. The acting work of the former princess of pop was praised by some critics, who even said that she "did it much better" than some other singer actresses such as Mariah Carey o Beyonce. However, she would end up winning a Razzie Award for Worst Actress.

A little better luck ran Aerie. In 2010 he starred with Cher in the musical Burlesque, receiving mixed reviews and leaving acceptable grossing numbers.

The last former Disney girls to try their luck on the big screen have been Selena Gomez y Miley Cyrus.

Spanish speakers

The list of famous singers who have acted in movies, born in Spanish-speaking countries is also quite extensive. Among the most prominent are Spanish Raphael, the Mexican Pedro Infante and the Argentine Carlos Gardel.

Other famous singers who have acted in movies

  • Rihanna has tried several timesBut his films have turned out to be scandalous financial failures. He will try again as part of the choral cast of Ocean's 8, spin off of Ocean's Eleven, where he will share the screen with Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett, among others.
  • Will Smith has been so successful as an actor and producer, and it is no longer remembered that he was a rapper first.
  • Madonna tried for a long time, but she never managed to be taken seriously as an actress. Perhaps the only remarkable thing about his acting career is Evita (1994), the Alan Parker musical, where he performed alongside Antonio Banderas.
  • Garden Leto es one of the famous singers who have acted in today's most respected movies. The lead singer of the rock band 30 Seconds to Mars, starred in the cult film in 2000 Requiem for a Dream. In 2014 he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for D.

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