Most entertainers are known for either singing or acting, actor-singers occupy their own respected lane. Though some stars claim to have the talent to command an audience with both their voices and dramatic skills, in reality, most are living a misguided fantasy.
Luckily, there are several “double threats” who have made a legitimate name for themselves in both creative arenas. Comfortable singing songs or memorizing lines of dialogue, these talented stars revel in their dual abilities — some more humbly than others.
So the question is which Hollywood stars have proved themselves in both music and film? Below we have 20 of the most talented actor-singers.
Though he took quite a lengthy hiatus from music to focus on his acting career — see “The Social Network” and “Friends with Benefits” — J.T. burst back onto the scene this year (quite unexpectedly) with “The 20/20 Expereince,” a new album for fans to enjoy. And with a first week sales total of 968,000, it seems he hasn’t lost his spark.
Queen Latifah’s career spans television, music, movies and even a little modeling as a Cover Girl spokeswoman. She has used her love for music and acting to carve her own niche and still follow her passions.
From “American Idol” castoff to Oscar-winning actress, Jennifer Hudson has proven her powerful command in both acting and singing. And with the addition of weight loss guru to her title, there seems to be nothing this woman can’t conquer.
Neil Patrick-Harris has successfully rekindled a television career, starred in several movies and to top it off, he has hosted three Tony Awards ceremonies — all of which allowed him to show off his vocal chops. This former child actor has definitely found the formula for a lasting career.
Her acting may come into question every once in a while — see the campy film “Obsession” — but there is no denying Beyonce’s vocal abilities. But her gritty role as the raw, unfiltered Etta James in “Cadillac Records” offered a refreshing view of what her acting skills may hold.