6 Musician Actors Who Are Good At Both
Don't be mad at (or more specifically jealous of) these 6 musician-actors who are good at what they do. These multi-tasking thespians have provided creative contributions that collectively span the 1960s all the way to this date. They took on the responsibility that comes with double dipping in the pool of genius. Therefore, these musician-actors earned the right to be successful in the recording studio and the silver screen.
Willy's World began to orbit the entertainment industry as the voice of dynamic hip-hop duo DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince. Their triple platinum-selling second album "He's The DJ, I'm The Rapper" was awarded the first Grammy Award ever for rap performers. Will Smith's charismatic comedic persona, known as The Fresh Prince, was further parlayed into the hit television series "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," which lasted six seasons. After having starred in mega hits like "Independence Day," "Men In Black," "I, Robot" and "Hitch," a person would have to be a compulsive liar or clinically blind to not have seen a Will Smith movie. He even managed to breed another musician/actor—daughter Willow Smith with his wife Jada Pinkett-Smith.
As a pre-teen, Justin Timberlake appeared on "The All New Mickey Mouse Club" series with co-stars Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The Disney series also featured his future N*SYNC boy band member J.C. Chasez with their debut self-titled pop music album released in 1998. J.T. has recorded two multi platinum-selling albums, and won six Grammy Awards and four Emmy Awards. This world-renown musician-actor also made a dynamic Hollywood splash as Sean Parker in the triple Academy Award winner "The Social Network."
Mos Def made melodious hip-hop music with a poignant poetic edge as a soloist and as a member of Black Star with lyrical partner Talib Kweli. He most definitely made a major impact with his gold-selling debut album, "Black On Both Sides." Mos Def, as an actor, can be considered a triple threat in television, theater and motion pictures. Mos has appeared opposite Bill Cosby in "The Cosby Mysteries," hosted HBO's "Def Comedy Jam," appeared in Showtime's "Dexter" and hit the Broadway stage in "Topdog/Underdog." Quality film performances in "The Italian Job" and "The Woodsman" help make this musician-actor someone who refuses to hit his peak.
Being a musician-actor must be nothing short of second-nature when you win four Grammy awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and also one Tony Award. Even Academy Award ceremonies have been unable to ignore Bette Midler with her two Academy Award nominations for "The Rose" and "For the Boys." Bette Midler is confident in comedy and drama with successful roles in "Beaches." "The First Wives Club." and "Down and Out in Beverly Hills."
Along with stand-up comedy on his employment history, Jamie Foxx was a cast member of the groundbreaking sketch comedy television series "In Living Color" that also helped launch the careers of Jim Carrey and Damon Wayans. After Bing Crosby, Jamie Foxx became the second musician-actor to win an Academy Award and have a No. 1 Billboard single. This incredible feat was made possible thanks to his impeccable role as Ray Charles in "Ray" and his catchy collaboration with Kanye West for the song "Gold Digger."
The timeless talent and beauty of Cherilyn Sarkisian was first introduced to the world as one half of the husband and wife singing duo Sonny and Cher. Their 1965 hit "I Got You Babe" was later followed by a humor-fueled television series called "The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour." Even after their divorce Cher had hit songs including "Half Breed" and "Song For the Lonely." This musician/actor/diva radiated across the Broadway stage in "Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean" in 1982. Then soon the Academy Award judges took notice with a nomination for "Silkwood" and a win for "Moonstruck."