Chart topping rock and pop musicians are focused on their musical craft and vocal gymnastics, but most also have stage presence to spare to channel towards other performing endeavors. Often, they’ll translate their natural charisma and polished stage craft to other entertainment roles like acting in movies and on television. Here are some of history’s biggest musicians who translated quite well into the acting world.
This huge superstar of major Hollywood blockbusters started as the Fresh Prince. He was a musician and rapper who earned such acclaim for his personality and natural acting gifts – he got his own sitcom in The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air.
After breaking free of his television acting roots, Smith has scored big in some of the most popular movies of all time including Independence Day (1996), Bad Boys (1995), Men In Black and I Am Legend (2007). In 2001, he nabbed an Oscar nomination for his lead role in Ali – the great boxer Muhammad Ali’s life story.
Ole Blue Eyes as he was called wasn’t only a legendary singer, but became a respected actor in dozens of hit movies.
Amongst Sinatra’s more successful acting turns was in films like Pal Joey (1957), The Man With The Golden Arm (1955), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and The First Deadly Sin (1980) co-starring Faye Dunnaway as his ailing wife. Sinatra also appeared in an episode of the TV detective series Magnum P.I. opposite Tom Selleck.
The world renowned King of Rock n Roll become the King of Hollywood for more than a few years.
While telling people that he loved them tender, calling them hound dogs and warning them to step off of his beloved blue suede shoes, Elvis wowed the box office and movie goers starring in such feel good fun as Blue Hawaii (1961), Roustabout (1964) and Harum Scarum (1965). Elvis co-starred alongside such acting heavyweights as Angela Lansbury and Ann-Marget.
As part of the super group Destiny’s Child and with her own hit songs, Beyonce’s reputation in music is assured. Now she’s becoming an audience favorite for her acting.
In such well received movies as Dreamgirls (2006) and Cadillac Records (2008), Beyonce is proving to all who are watching that she’s got more than just a singing voice in her talent repertoire.
After leaving his rock band The Police, lead singer Sting didn’t just go follow a solo music route, but also acted in some big movies.
Sting was electric in the science fiction thriller Dune (1984) based on Frank Herbert’s classic sci-fi novel of ecological caution, directed by David Lynch and as Dr. Frankenstein in The Bride (1985)opposite Jennifer Beals, he once again proved he’s as villainous in front of the camera as he’s a good natured sort behind it.
The former boy band superstar of pop music sensation NSNYC is now a solo crooner and also an actor who’s scored parts in a wide range of movies.
Most recently, he played a goofy hockey player in Mike Meyer’s Love Guru (2008). Timberlake was also in Alpha Dog (2006) and provided the voice of Artie in Shrek The Third (2007), showing his ability to move skillfully and gracefully between varying types of acting jobs.